How do I apply for a short-stay Schengen visa for the Netherlands?

Normally, you apply for your short-stay Schengen visa in the country where you live. Exactly how and where varies from country to country. The visa allows you to travel freely within the Netherlands and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa

You can find out where to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa on www.netherlandsandyou.nl. This varies from country to country. In countries with a Dutch embassy or consulate you can apply for a visa there.

Possibly no visa required

The 26 Schengen countries have made agreements with certain countries. This means you may not need a visa. You can check this using the Schengen Visa Advisor.

Travelling on a short-stay Schengen visa

A short-stay Schengen visa lets you visit the Netherlands and other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Your visa will be valid for a specific period. This period may be shorter than 90 days. 

Applying for an emergency visa in the event of illness or a funeral

If you need to visit a family member in the Netherlands urgently, a family member in the Netherlands can apply for an emergency visa for you. This could be to attend a funeral or visit a terminally ill relative, for instance. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) decides whether you are entitled to an emergency visa. To apply for an emergency visa you should contact the IND.

Emergency visas are short-stay visas but they are not Schengen visas. Your visa only allows you travel to the Netherlands and visit the Netherlands.