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Netherlands tourist visa application, requirements, price, and processing time

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The vast number of museums, stunning tulip fields, beautiful canals, amazing windmill farms, and rich history and culture make the Netherlands a one of a kind tourist spot. If you want to visit this exquisite tourist location, you will need a Netherlands tourist visa

A Netherlands Schengen tourist visa will be issued for anyone wanting to travel to the Netherlands as a tourist. Nationals of other Schengen countries and countries that are visa exempt will not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. By being a part of the Schengen C category, the Netherlands tourist visa can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry and has a validity of up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

You will need a Netherlands visitor visa if you want to travel to the Netherlands to visit family and friends. As the Netherlands is a part of the Schengen territory, it shares a common visa policy with its other member countries.

This guide will provide you with all the necessary information regarding Netherlands tourist visas. Any queries you may have regarding these visas will be answered in this guide.

Who needs a Schengen visa to enter the Netherlands?

Before traveling to the Netherlands, it is recommended to check whether or not you need a short-stay visa according to your purpose of travel. Following are the categories where you will need a visa to enter the Netherlands or any other country that is part of the Schengen territory.

  • You will need a Netherlands visa if you’re from a third-world country that hasn’t reached a visa liberalization agreement with Schengen states.

  • You will need a Netherlands visa if you’re from a third-world country that has signed a visa liberalization agreement with Schengen states, but you were rejected previously from entry into the Netherlands and other Schengen countries.

A Netherlands visa allows you to stay in the country for 90 days within 180 days. If you want your stay to be longer, you will have to apply for a Dutch National visa.

European citizens, nationals from Schengen area countries, EEU, or Switzerland citizens can travel to the Netherlands or any other country in the Schengen area for tourism without requiring a visa.  

Netherlands entry requirements

Due to the common travel area of the Schengen zone, the member states that have abolished borders for citizens belonging to countries in the Schengen area and European nationals only require an identification document for entering the Netherlands. Therefore, if you’re a European citizen or a citizen from any other country in the Schengen zone, you won’t need a visa.

If you aren’t a European citizen or a citizen from any other Schengen country, you will need the following documents for entry.

  • A valid travel document or passport. Your valid passport should have a validity of at least three more months beyond your departure from the Netherlands.

  • A visa to the Netherlands.

  • A confirmed return airline ticket showing that you’re confirmed for returning to your national country.

  • You must have a travel insurance that can cover your medical expenses for your entire trip.

  • Sufficient funds for your time in the Netherlands.

  • Documents that ensure you’re traveling to the Netherlands for tourism and, if it’s a visitor visa you applied for, then proof of invitation from the host.

  • You will require proof that your host can cover your expenses for a visitor visa.

When you show up at the Dutch port of entry, the Dutch border officer will ask a couple of questions, such as your purpose for visiting the Netherlands, your duration of stay in the Netherlands, and your location of stay in the Netherlands.

What is a short-stay visa / Schengen visa?

With a short stay/ Schengen visa, you can visit the Netherlands or any other country that is part of the Schengen territory for 90 days within a 180-day period. The visa you apply for will be valid for a specific period, which may be shorter than 90 days.

Applying for a visa

To obtain a short-stay visa/ Schengen visa to enter the Netherlands, you must follow the steps below to apply for the visa.

  • Visit VisaHQ, select the Netherlands as the country you want to travel to, and select your national country on the “for citizen of” option.

  • Fill out the Netherlands tourist visa application form with accurate information.

  • After the form is filled out, take a printout of it.

  • Schedule a visa interview at the Netherlands consulate/embassy or VAC.

  • Attend the scheduled interview at the Netherlands consulate/embassy or VAC with the completed application form, visa fees, and the required documents. You will also have to provide your biometrics here.

Keep in mind that if you have submitted your biometrics for any Schengen country visa in the past five years, you won’t be required to submit them again. Also, make sure the documents you submit are genuine, and the information you provide is accurate. False information or fake documents will result in your visa getting rejected.  

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Netherlands Visa Policy

The Netherlands' visa policy is multi-faceted and covers the Netherland mainland in continental Europe and the territories of Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Bonaire in the Caribbean. All visitors coming to the Netherlands must have valid visas unless they are from visa-exempt countries. Visa-exempt visitors may not need visas, but they must get a special pre-screened approval called ETIAS. 

Two types of visa policies guide the immigration processes of the Netherlands and its territories; the common visa and the Schengen visa policy. Common visas are only valid for entry into the country and its territories and cannot be used for travel to other countries. The common visa allows a maximum stay of 90 days within six months but 30 days for one uninterrupted stay. There are also long-term visas for those who wish to stay for much longer. This visa can be obtained at the consulate or embassy of the Netherlands.

Then there is the Schengen visa policy which is practiced by the Netherlands and 26 other European countries. This continental policy allows for freedom of entry and exit by citizens of the Schengen Area, and member nations can issue Schengen visas which all participants recognize and accept. Schengen visas are only valid for 30 days after issue but allow the holder to stay in the Netherlands or the wider Schengen region for 90 days within a 180 days period as well. Furthermore, it is only issued for tourism, business, transit, or other short-term purposes.

Netherlands Visa-Free Countries

If you are from a visa exempt country you don't need a Schengen or national visa to visit the Netherlands or any of its territories. Visa exemption is determined by the European Commission in conjunction with members states and the list is reviewed periodically in line with prevailing diplomatic realities.

Netherlands ETIAS

The European Travel Information Authorization System is a program commissioned by the European Union to screen and regulate the inflow of visitors from visa-exempt countries. If you are from any of the visa-exempt countries listed above, you will need to register for ETIAS before the authorities allow you into the Netherlands or any other EU or EFTA country. Before now, all visa-exempt persons needed was a valid passport, but that has changed as Europe continues to grapple with a rise in illegal migration and terrorist threats.

Under current guidelines, an eligible applicant must fill out an online application form. The form must contain accurate information about their passport data, Itinerary and their personal details. In the same form are a set of security questions which they must answer honestly about their status. Also, there is an application fee which must be paid before they can submit it for processing but this fee is not charged for persons under 6 and above 80 years old.

ETIAS processing takes under 30 minutes to get approved or denied but in a situation where neither occurs, the applicant's data will be forwarded to the Local unit of the Swedish department for further vetting.

Being a member of the Schengen Area and the European Union, the Netherlands is also a signatory to the ETIAS program and will demand this permit from all visa-exempt persons. ETIAS is valid for 3 years and can be used for multiple entries, but holders can only stay for 90 days in a single six months. Approved applications will be sent to the applicant's inbox, while applications that trigger a security alert will be referred to the local ETIAS unit in the Netherlands for further checks.

Netherlands Key Points To Note

Unsuccessful Applications: You can submit your completed ETIAS application as an eligible applicant, which may not be granted in one of two ways. It might be rejected outright or forwarded to the local ETIAS unit in the Netherlands for further review. This may take a few days to a few weeks before a final verdict is reached. In such a situation, the system will send you a notification to that effect. Furthermore, you can still apply for ETIAS again even if your previous application was denied.

Security Checks: ETIAS screening is done electronically by screening data through several security databases. The system checks for threats of terrorism, drug trafficking, health risks, etc. Persons whose data triggers the system will be denied entry into Europe.

Full Launch In 2024: ETIAS is optional for visa-exempt visitors but will become mandatory by 2024.

Multiple Entry: Not only can you use your ETIAS to enter the Netherlands several times, you can also use it to enter any other Schengen country because it is a universal document accepted by all member states in the Schengen Area. Furthermore, you can also use it to enter a few other non Schengen countries that partially observe the Schengen visa protocols. These countries are Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania.

Duration of Stay: Although the duration of stay is 90 days, do note that you cannot stay for that long, leave and return at short notice. You will have to wait for a 180 day cycle before returning. The rule states that you cannot stay for more than 90 days in 180 days so bear this in mind while planning your itinerary.

Primary Entry Rule: If you have any intention of visiting other countries apart from the Netherlands, you should visit the Netherlands first if that is your first port of call. According to Etias rules, visitors must visit the country that issued the ETIAS approval first (Primary destination), before traveling to other countries in the zone.  Also, while living in these countries they must keep track of time and not exceed the maximum 90 days in these countries.

Netherlands Visa Online – Get your Netherlands e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you are planning a trip to the Netherlands, you most likely need a visa or permit to enter the country, but who says you need to visit the embassy or consulate to secure one? If you are from a visa-exempt country, you don't need a visa but an ETIAS permit to gain entry. Fortunately for you and other eligible visitors, you can apply for ETIAS approval using VisaHQ's trusted platform.

How To Apply For ETIAS With VisaHQ?

To apply for ETIAS, do the following.

Fill out the application form: The ETIAS application form is available on VisaHQ. Please fill it out carefully and make sure your entries are accurate and match what is on your passport.

Attach documents: Attach your passport bio-data page and any other document required from visitors depending on your chosen option. Pay the application fee and submit it for approval.

Get your Etias: The screening sometimes takes 5-20 minutes or more. If successful, the permit will be sent to your email address.

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