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Lamia Darwish

What Does The Netherlands Schengen Visa Entail?

The Netherlands Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about 30 minutes to finish. The application is split into 4 sections:

  1. Personal Details [10 min]
  2. Journey [10 min]
  3. Funding
  4. Previous Schengen Visa

Section 1 - Personal Details

Provide basic information such as your name and passport details. If you’re wondering what is a national identity number - you can leave it blank or put your passport number in.

Continue this section by providing more basic details. Ensure every detail you provide can be backed by evidence. For example, your address in the application should match a proof you provide with your application.

Check- Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality

You will later be asked for a permit number. The permit number is the unique number associated with your Green Card / H1B/ F1/ J1 visas.

Few things to keep in mind:

  • Your travel document (passport) must have been issued within the past 10 years.
  • The travel document you are travelling on must be valid for at least 3 months after your departure date from the Schengen area.

Section 2 - Journey

Netherlands requires information on your intended travel dates. Please do not provide dates for the sake of getting a visa, as, more often than not, your visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date.

We suggest always opting for a multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one.

In addition, the Netherlands requires your contact information - Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in the Member State(s). If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or temporary accommodation(s) in the Member State(s). For most travelers, this is the contact information of their hotel/Airbnb. The name has to match the name of the establishment in your itinerary and hotel reservation.

Section 3 - Funding

You’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Netherlands. You can select the option that works best for you, which has a balance equivalent to EUR 50 for every day. For example, a traveler visiting Netherlands for ten days should show a minimum balance of at least EUR 500. You can select multiple options, but evidence of each is required.

Section 4 - Previous Schengen Visas

While this is self-explanatory, most people don’t remember if and when they got their fingerprints. A good rule of thumb is that you got your fingerprints if you got a Schengen visa after 2016 since it was impossible to obtain a Schengen visa otherwise.

This can expedite your visa processing since the authorities can pull your fingerprints from a central database. As per the EU:

Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.

You can find your visa sticker number on the Schengen visa stamp.

The visa number is the 3-letter country code (issuing country), followed by a 9-digit number. Therefore, in the example above, the visa number is FRA005702202.

Visa application

After completing the application, make sure to sign it. You do not have to affix your photo on the application.

Netherlands Visa Photos

The photo requirements for a Netherland's Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  • Two identical photos. Not older than six months.
  • Photo size: 35x45mm or 2 in x 2 in.
  • In color. No black and white
  • Head should cover most of the photo.
  • White background.

Traveling to the Netherlands with Children

Even children require a Schengen visa to travel to Netherlands. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following:

  • Application form signed by both parents
  • Birth certificate of the child
  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.

If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an official permission letter issued by a notary in English from the other parent. In case of the parents’ absence (divorce, death, etc.), a relevant official certificate (i.e divorce, death and etc.) must be presented. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.

While not required, it is preferred that for children who go to school - a reference letter from the relevant school: address and contacts of the school, signature and stamp of the person in charge, and reference to the Embassy should be noted in the letter.

The visa photos requirements for children vary slightly. Children aged 5 and under do not need to have a neutral expression or look directly at the camera, and their heads do not have to be centred in the photo. Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.


Proof of Employment for Netherlands Visa

A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:

  • Date of the letter
  • Employer name
  • Position and title
  • A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your Netherlands visit
  • Contact and address information of the supervisor along with their signature.

This is a letter from the university for students, or from your academic advisor or from the Office of International Education. Please provide a letter of support from any individual/organization that is financing your livelihood for homemakers or those unemployed. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents.

Netherlands Visa Travel Insurance

Because most Schengen countries provide public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Netherland's Schengen visa, so visitors don’t become a financial burden on Netherlands's health system in the event of unforeseen issues. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:

  • Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.
  • Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  • Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  • For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive:

“ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Pro Tip: Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.

How to Reach Netherlands during COVID-19 as a tourist?

While Netherlands is not issuing any tourist visas currently, it is possible to reach Netherlands using three ways.

  • Go to Israel > Netherlands.
  • Apply for an Iceland visa > Go to Iceland > Netherlands
  • Through Croatia

Anyone arriving to the Netherlands from highly impacted areas (most areas) is required to undergo 10 days self-quarantine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Income Proofs Can Be Submitted To Show The Ability To Cover The Travel And Stay Expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations
  • Pay stubs
  • travelers’ cheques
  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements:

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.
  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in Netherlands. The proof of income from the business.
  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.

How Long Is A Short Stay Visa Valid For? Can I Leave The Schengen Area And Come Back With The Same Visa?

The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries.

The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay.
What you must remember

  • You must have left the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires;
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa;
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

Can I apply for a visa on arrival?

No, Netherlands does not provide a visa-on-arrival.

I Want To Stay In Netherlands, But I Arrive At An Airport Located In Another Country. Who Should I Apply To For The Visa?

You must apply for your visa at the Spanish consulate because Netherlands is the main destination of your trip in terms of duration, even if you enter the Schengen area through another member state.

I Have A Double/Triple Nationality. Which One Should I Enter In My Visa Application?

You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel.
When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).

Can I Extend My Visa While In Netherlands?

Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.

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