Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.
A Netherlands Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Netherlands for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Netherlands.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Netherlands), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Netherlands. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: 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, and Switzerland.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".
No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings
You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.
The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:
- the purpose of your trip
- when and where you intend to travel
- how your trip is going to be funded
- day-by-day itinerary for your trip
- duration of the trip
You cannot extend your Netherlands short-stay while in Netherlands except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Netherlands Visa if necessary.
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Netherlands territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.
Typically, a Netherlands Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Netherlands Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Netherlands Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.
Applicants can check the status of Netherlands visa application online using the Netherlands VFS Reference number and applicant name. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the VFS Netherlands website.
Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Netherlands Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.
Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.
Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.
Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.
According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).
The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.
As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.
VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of
in New Delhi.
The role of VFS is to accept visa applications and to dispatch passports and documents back to clients, on behalf of the Embassy of Netherlands. VFS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.
Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.
Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:
Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.
The easiest way to apply for a Netherlands Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.
We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.
Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Netherlands visa application requirements. Read moreThroughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.
Here are the steps to apply for a Netherlands Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.
Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.
Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.
Step 5: Receive your Visa.Show less
The Netherlands might just be one of the coolest and most modern countries in Europe. With so much incredible history, culture, hipster scene and queer life all compressed into a relatively small and easily accessible country, it’s no surprise it’s a top destination for visitors to Europe. Read moreWhile most visitors to the Netherlands focus on Amsterdam, there are many interesting cities, islands, and resort destinations. Small towns and villages in the countryside reveal long held traditions and some of the countries classic sights, with fields of blooming flowers or old style windmills.
Famous for its windmills, clogs and tulips. The Netherlands ('Holland') is a beautiful place in Europe! Because of the open minded people, the Netherlands has been one of the most progressive countries in the world. You will, without a doubt, feel very welcome in the country with more cheeses than you can possibly imagine.
The country once was a lot bigger with Belgium making up about half of it. Since 1830 the countries got divided, and you'll notice that both countries couldn't be more different. Arrival by air usually sees travelers entering the country through the capital city of Amsterdam. This is a great place to begin, with plenty to see and do, from simply biking along the canals and enjoying the cafes, to sightseeing and gazing at the works of the Old Masters. Some of the main attractions are the Royal Palace, the Van Gogh Museum, the Dutch National Museum, or just outside the city, the Keukenhof, a lovely park which is particularly beautiful during the spring bloom. Although Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, The Hague is home to the Dutch Government and the residence of the Royal Family. Many people find themselves here on business due to the city's large number of international offices. The early 17th C mansion of Mauritshuis is today one the principle tourist attractions, along with the Binnenhof, Grote Kerk, Peace Palace, and the Dutch National Dance Theater. During the summer months the nearby resort community of Scheveningen is a popular destination for both locals and visitors, with a long stretch of beach. Other popular cities in the Netherlands are Rotterdam and Utrecht, showcasing the contrast between old and new. Rotterdam is a vibrant port city with a modern metropolitan atmosphere, while Utrecht features a lovely historic center. In Rotterdam art lovers will want to stop by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Boymans-van Beuningen Museum), one of the best museum's in the Netherlands. Outside of the city, at Kinderdijk, are a number of traditional 18th C windmills, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Utrecht, spend some time wandering through the old town and see the Cathedral of St Martin. For an excursion, visit the town of Doorn, with the former medieval castle of Huis Doorn.
For an escape from the cities there are plenty of areas to relax and enjoy a little nature. The West Frisian Islands along the north and northwest coast are home to long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches and dunes. Large numbers of seabirds also nest or spend the winter in the islands. With its international airport Schiphol and its advanced network of motorways and international high speed train lines, The Netherlands is easy to reach from anywhere in the world. Its small size, welcoming attitude and interesting sights make it a unique and easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip!
Amsterdam (capital city) is one of the most visited cities all over the world. With its beautiful canal ring and impressive architecture it’s sure to amaze. Amsterdam is also the starting point of many tourists as the largest airport of the country, Schiphol Airport, is located here. Explore one of the many museums, take a canal cruise, shop in The Nine Streets, stroll through the Red Light District, enjoy the nightlife or relax in one of the coffee shops. Whatever holiday you like, Amsterdam can deliver!
Leiden is a picturesque city in the South Holland province and the birthplace of master painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Walk through the historic city center, visit the botanical gardens of Hortus Botanicus, enjoy the city from the canals and visit one of the many museums the city has to offer.
Traditional canals, mind blowing architecture (like the renaissance style City Hall and the ancient churches), Science Center Delft, world famous Delft Blue earthenware. Delft is a city with a rich history and often booked as a day trip from Amsterdam.
The Hague is the political center of the Netherlands and also important on the global political landscape (International city of peace and justice). A dynamical city with 30 theaters, 45 museums and almost 4000 shops. And let’s not forget the popular beaches in the Kijkduin and Scheveningen districts!
Utrecht is the capital city of the province Utrecht (yes province and city have the same name). The city is located in the center of the Netherlands. Small enough to go by foot and discover the medieval inner city but large enough to spend days discovering and enjoying the museums, architecture, shops and festivals.
Maastricht is the capital city of the province of Limburg and located on the Meuse river. Enjoy the Burgundian lifestyle in the vibrant inner city and visit one of the culinary highlights. Be sure to taste some ‘Limburgse Vlaai’ (pie).
Grongingen is the capital city of the province of Groningen. In the north of the Netherlands it is often referred to as ‘Stad’ which just means ‘City’. Groningen is a student city which makes it a vibrant, young and active city.
Rotterdam is a harbor city in the west of the country in the province of South Holland. The city was recently recommended by Rough Guides as one of the must visit cities and ended up on the 10th spot of the 52 places to go of the New York Times. If you’re into photography you don’t want to miss the Erasmusbrug bridge.
Gouda is most famous for its cheese market, cheese farms and of course Gouda Cheese, a perfect city for a day trip with some really nice city walks available at the local tourism office.
A true historic city with many monuments, little streets and canals that boasts a medieval vibe. Enter through the Koppelpoort gate of the city walls and enjoy art, shopping and the many terraces. There are some beautiful nature reserves in the area as well.
Nijmegen, known as oldest city in the Netherlands, has rich history and is located in the close to some awesome nature to explore. Be sure to take one of the city walks by the guided tours of the VVV office (tourism office) of the city. It’s located close to Germany, so it’s easy to take a side trip over the border.
Alkmaar is known as the cheese city and is famous for its cheese market. The historic city has 399 national heritage sites and 700 municipal monuments. Great for a day trip! And don’t forget that Alkmaar is known as one of the best shopping cities of the Netherlands.
Lisse is a small place and municipality in South-Holland and home to the world-famous Keukenhof flower park. The Keukenhof attracts over 900.000 visitors each year!
Volendam is an old fishing village that’s famous for its traditional clothing, music and of course… fish! It’s a beautiful town to walk around and explore and of course have your picture taken while wearing the funny traditional costume. This village is also known for the many Dutch musicians and singers that originate from it.
Also in Marken the traditional costumes are typical for the village. Marken used to be an island but since 1957 it is connected to the mainland through a dike. One of the most famous landmarks is its lighthouse.
Zaandam is a city in the province of North Holland and most famous for the Zaanse Schans, a neighborhood located on the eastern banks of the Zaan and an open air attraction that’s visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year!
Giethoorn is a village in the north-west of the Overijssel province and lies centrally located in a national park called Weerribben-Wieden. It’s ideal to put up base to explore the area. What’s special about Giethoorn is that you can’t access the town center by car, which is why it is internationally known as the ‘Village without roads’.
Relax on one of the 5 islands referred to as the Wadden Islands. Enjoy the beautiful nature, the beaches, the little villages and get the real island feeling. Ideal for hiking, cycling and mudflatwalking! In the summer the island of Terschelling is very popular as a party destination for young folks in Holland.
Kinderdijk in South Holland is world famous because of its mills. These 19 mills are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are one of the most important tourist attractions of the Netherlands.Show less
5th floor, 62, Janjikar Street,
Near Crawford Market,
Mumbai - 400 003 Maharashtra.
Plot No-17, 1st Floor, Pusa Road,
Opposite City Hospital,
New Delhi – 110005.
142, 1st Floor, Continental Chambers,
Nungambakkam High Road,
Chennai - 600 034. Tamil Nadu.
Got my Thailand visa within 5 days. It was much before than I expected. Thanks a lot for your prompt service. We appreciate your efforts and the personal attention. Wish you good luck.
I have processed visas thrice through Akbar travels. Acknowledge the efficient and prompt service by the customer support team. Got the Dubai visas way before the expected time.
Thank you for the smooth and hassle free visa application for Singapore. Very happy with the service, I will definitely recommend your service to my friends and colleagues.
We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following visa applications.
Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay.
If you are transferring to another flight at a Dutch airport, you might need an airport transit visa. An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Dutch airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area. The visa (also referred to as an 'A' visa) does not allow you to enter the Netherlands or another Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport.
A short-stay visa (Schengen visa) allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days. Besides the Netherlands, it is also valid in the other Schengen countries.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may need an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). An MVV is also called a long-stay visa. A long-stay visa will allow you to travel to the Netherlands to collect your residence permit.
If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands you might need a Caribbean visa. This will allow you to visit Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.