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. By the end of 2022, it is expected that 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:
- A valid passport containing at least 2 blank pages
- The completed Netherlands visa application form
- Two recent photographs, passport-sized
- Evidence of sufficient finances for the trip
- Proof of return flights and hotel bookings in the Netherlands
- Evidence of travel insurance to cover the stay in the Schengen Area.
- Proof of having paid the Schengen visa fee.
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.