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Type of Netherlands Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,199/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,199/-

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Documents required for Netherlands Visa

  • Must have Documents for Netherlands Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Flight reservation;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:

    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative & being sponsored:

    • Invitation letter legalized from the town hall;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport, Resident Permit;
    • Financial proof such as bank statement etc.

    7. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Netherlands Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Netherlands Schengen visa?

    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.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    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.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    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".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    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

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    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

  • add As a Netherlands short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in Netherlands?

    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.

  • add If my Netherlands short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the Netherlands territory?

    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.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    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.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Netherlands Visa?

    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.

  • add How can I check the status of my Netherlands Visa application?

    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.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Netherlands Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Netherlands Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the Netherlands Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    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. 

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    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.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry 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).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    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).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.   

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Netherlands Visa?

    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.

  • add What is the role of VFS?

    VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of Netherlands 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.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my 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.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    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.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Netherlands Visa?

    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.

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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 more

Throughout 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.

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Basic Requirements to visit Netherlands

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Netherlands Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Netherlands visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Netherlands and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Netherlands and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Netherlands Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Netherlands;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Netherlands Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Netherlands

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you in the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Netherlands Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Netherlands travel guide

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 more

While 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!

Places to visit in the Netherlands

1. Amsterdam

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!

2. Leiden

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.

3. Delft

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.

4. The Hague

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!

5. Utrecht

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.

6. Maastricht

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).

7. Groningen

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.

8. Rotterdam

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.

9. Gouda

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.

10. Amersfoort

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.

11. Nijmegen

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.

12. Alkmaar

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.

13. Lisse

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!

14. Volendam

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.

15. Marken

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.

16. Zaandam

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!

17. Giethoorn

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’.

18. The Wadden Islands

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.

19. Kinderdijk

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.

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Netherlands Facts and Figures

The Netherlands
Northwest Europe
IST (-) 4 ½ hours Read more
Major cities:
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven.
Dutch (official), Frisian (official), English, Spanish, French and German
33,939 sq kms
National day:
30 Apr
Euro (EUR) 
Main Airline:
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL
International Airports:
Schiphol(Amsterdam) (AMS)
Aachen (Maastricht) (MST)
Welschap (Eindhoven) (EIN)
Zestienhoven (Rotterdam) (RTM
Best time to visit Netherlands:
April to October
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Other Netherlands Visa types

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.

Airport transit visa

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.

Short-stay visa

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.

Long-stay visa

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.

Caribbean visa

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.