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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Netherlands and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
The European Visa Waiver for the Netherlands (ETIAS) is an electronic travel authorization, expected to be introduced from 2021. ETIAS Netherlands will allow eligible citizens to travel to the Netherlands for short stays, and to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries as well.
ETIAS for the Netherlands will allow travel to the Schengen Area for purposes of business, tourism, transit or medical treatment.
The ETIAS Visa Waiver for the Netherlands will be a multiple entry travel authorization and is expected to allow a stay of 90 days with each entry to the Netherlands and the Schengen Area. It will be valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.
The European Commission is introducing the ETIAS to the Netherlands in order to protect and strengthen European borders by pre-identifying any possible risks or threats associated with visitors traveling to Schengen Area countries.
Eligible citizens will be able to apply through the simple Netherlanders ETIAS visa waiver application online. It will only take a few minutes to complete the ETIAS application form for the Netherlands with personal, passport, and travel information. It is also necessary to answer a few questions related to health and security matters in order to submit the ETIAS Netherlands application and receive an approved visa waiver.
Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS to the Netherlands who wish to travel to the Schengen Area for longer consecutive periods or other purposes should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the Netherlands for further information.
In order to submit an ETIAS application, it will be necessary to meet the ETIAS Requirements for traveling to the Netherlands, which involve having a passport from an eligible country valid for 3 months from the date of arrival in the Schengen Area.
Applicants are also required to:
The approved Netherlands ETIAS will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport. The ETIAS requirements for the Netherlands specify that the holder must use the same passport to enter the Netherlands and the Schengen Area as that used to complete the ETIAS application. Applicants with dual nationality should keep this in mind.
Applicants will be required to submit a new ETIAS for the Netherlands application if the passport changes passport during the validity of the ETIAS.
Further ETIAS Requirements for traveling to the Netherlands may be announced closer to the 2021 launch date and will be published on this site when available.
As the Netherlands is a part of the EU and the Schengen Area, it shares the same visa policy as other Schengen countries. Therefore, citizens of countries who are visa-exempt for the Schengen zone are able to travel to the Netherlands without a visa. From 2021, these same foreign citizens will be required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to the Netherlands and other Schengen states.
All foreign travelers not visa-exempt for the Schengen Area need a visa for the Netherlands to enter the country. A Netherlands visa is the same as a Schengen visa.
Unlike the ETIAS for the Netherlands, a Schengen visa is normally granted for one individual Schengen country. In order to obtain a Schengen visa for the Netherlands, it is necessary to download and complete a Schengen visa application and make a visa appointment at the nearest embassy or consulate of the Netherlands.
A Netherlands Schengen visa can be issued as a single, double, or multi-entry visa. The period of permitted stay depends on the issuing embassy and the purpose of the intended stay.
Applicants should bring all of the documents required for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands with them when attending their Netherlands visa appointment. These include:
Those who wish to obtain a Schengen visa to go to the Netherlands for purposes of study or work are required to provide additional supporting documents, such as a letter of acceptance from an educational institution in the Netherlands, or an employment contract. Those planning to visit family or friends are required to supply a letter of invitation.
Netherlands Visa FAQ
The ETIAS visa waiver is expected to be introduced from 2021 for the Netherlands. The ETIAS is an electronic travel authorization. ETIAS Netherlands will allow eligible citizens to travel to the Netherlands as well as to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries for short stays.
The price of ETIAS to the Netherlands and the standard ETIAS processing time have not yet been announced and will be published on this website when made available.
The European Visa Waiver for the Netherlands is valid for 3 years from the date of approval and will allow multiple entries to the Schengen Area during its validity.
No, ETIAS will be a mandatory requirement for all eligible citizens to enter the Netherlands, whether by air, land, or sea.
No, ETIAS does not guarantee entry into the Netherlands: it only permits the holder to travel to the Schengen area. The final decision will be made by immigration officers at border entry points.
In order to apply for the ETIAS to the Netherlands, it will be necessary to provide a range of personal and passport information, including:
It is also necessary to provide credit and debit card details with which to pay the ETIAS fee, and a current email address at which to receive the approved ETIAS visa waiver.
Applicants will be expected to apply for the ETIAS Netherlands at least a few business days before the intended date of arrival in the Schengen Area. The standard processing time for the ETIAS visa waiver has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when made available.
Yes, all citizens from eligible countries, no matter their age, will be required to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver to the Netherlands. It will be necessary to submit a separate ETIAS form for children.
Eligible citizens will be able to apply for the ETIAS for the Netherlands through a simple online application to receive an approved ETIAS visa waiver.
Applicants for ETIAS will not be required to provide an address in the Netherlands. It will only be necessary to provide the member state of the first-intended entry in the Schengen Area. Applicants will be required to provide contact details on the form in case there are any issues with the approved ETIAS authorization and it later becomes necessary to contact the holder.
The ETIAS will allow the holder to travel to the Netherlands the Schengen Area multiple times for short stays during its validity.
It is expected that applicants will receive a decision about their ETIAS Netherlands application between 24 to 48 hours after submission. However, it is expected that some applications may take longer to process, up to 72 hours.
No, if any of the traveler’s information changes once the ETIAS has been approved, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS Netherlands application to continue to travel to the Schengen Area. If the ETIAS for the Netherlands is approved but the applicant is later found to have provided incorrect information, the ETIAS will be revoked.
If the applicant changes their flight plans, it will only affect the validity of the ETIAS to the Netherlands if the member state of the first-intended entry in the Schengen Area changes. In such a case, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS application to continue to be able to travel to the Schengen Area.
It is expected that applicants will be able to submit any queries to the ETIAS customer service department if they have problems with answering the required questions on the ETIAS Netherlands application form.
No, visa waiver citizens will be required to obtain an approved ETIAS to the Netherlands before departure in order to travel to the Netherlands and the Schengen Area.