VISA REQUIREMENTS- NETHERLANDS
Whether a prospective visitor requires a visa depends on his nationality and how long he intends to stay in the Netherlands. Nationals of many countries require a visa for an uninterrupted stay of up to three months.
Countries whose nationals need a visa for a stay of under three months
Antigua and Barbuda
Burma (see Myanmar)
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Fepublic
China (People's Republic)
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Northern Marianas (Islands)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
SÃ£o TomÃ© and Principe
Serbia and Montenegro
Taiwan (Republic of China)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Countries whose nationals do not require a visa for a stay of three
months or less
|Germany (Federal Republic)
United States of America
MORE THAN ONE NATIONALITY
If you have more than one nationality, whether you require a visa depends on which travel document you intend to travel on. If it is a passport of a country whose nationals require a visa, you will also require a visa even if you have another nationality for which no visa is required. The country in which you are residing is irrelevant to whether you require a visa, although you must be residing legally in the country in which you submit your application.
TRAVEL DOCUMENT ISSUED BY A THIRD COUNTRY
Yes. Persons with travel documents for aliens and refugees issued by third countries always require a visa no matter what their nationality or which country issued these documents. An exception is made for refugees with travel documents issued by 16 European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Nationals of certain countries also require an airport transit visa to change aircraft at a Dutch airport, even though they do not actually enter Dutch territory.
Countries whose nationals need an airport transit visa
IN CASE OF STAYFOR LONGER THAN THREE MONTHS
To stay for an uninterrupted period of more than three months, you will require a special visa called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). Such a visa is required by the nationals of all countries except the EU member states and a few other countries.
Countries whose nationals do not need an MVV for a stay of over three months
On 26 March 1995, the Convention applying the Schengen Agreement came into force in seven countries. Since then, more countries have joined the Schengen Area. There are now 15 Schengen countries, with no border controls between them: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
Visitors to any one of these countries receive a uniform visa valid for travel to all 15 of them. The Schengen countries have also harmonised their conditions for entry and their policy on countries whose nationals require a visa to visit the Schengen Area.
As of January 1st, 2004, ten new member states joined the European Union: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Tjech Republic, Slowakia and Slovenia. The current external Schengen-border will remain unchanged for the moment.
A Schengenvisa is not valid for the new member states. The new member states will issue national visa until further notice and no Schengenvisa.
Some visitors are permitted to enter the territory of only one Schengen country or a limited number of them (such as the Netherlands or the Benelux countries). A Schengen country may issue such a visitor with a visa valid only for that country or for a specified number of Schengen countries
You can apply for a visa at a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) of a Schengen country, even if you are not a national of the country where the mission is situated. Under the Schengen Agreement, honorary consuls are not authorised to grant visas.
You should apply for a visa at a mission belonging to the Schengen country that is the main destination of your journey. If you cannot specify your main destination, you should apply at a mission belonging to the Schengen country you will enter first.
- The first step is to complete a visa application form.
- You should then go to the mission, taking the completed and signed application form and one passport photo (also if you are applying for an authorisation for temporary stay).
- When submitting your application, you must be able to produce a travel document that will be valid for at least three months after your visa expires.
The visa-issuing authority will establish whether your visit poses a danger to public order, national security or international relations, and whether you have already been refused entry to the Schengen Area. It will also take account of the purpose of your visit in assessing these risks and the risk that you may remain in the country illegally.
You should be able to prove that you have enough financial means at your disposal to cover your travel and accommodation expenses. You need to have a travel medical insurance to cover any expenses for repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment.
The insurance must:
- be valid throughout the Schengen territory
- have a minimum coverag of EUR 30.000
cover the entire period of the person's stay.
The amount of financial means considered "enough" will depend on the purpose of your visit (you may for instance intend to buy goods), your accommodation (whether you intend to stay in hotels or with friends or relatives), and the duration of your visit. Alternatively, you can give the name of a "guarantor" - a person in the Netherlands willing to guarantee payment of any costs the Dutch state may incur as a result of your visit.
The applicant should obtain the travel medical insurance in their state of residence. Where this is not possible the applicant can obtain the insurance in another country or the host can obtain the insurance for the applicant in his own place of residence. When submitting your visa application, you should also enclose supporting documents relating to your visit (such as a return ticket), its purpose (such as an invitation), and your ability to pay all your travel and accommodation expenses (such as traveller's cheques, bank statements, and payslips).
The number and type of supporting documents to be enclosed will depend on the circumstances in the country where you are applying and the nature of the visa application.You can obtain more information from the mission where you submit your application or from its website.
It can take a minimum of a few days up to a maxiumum of two months to process a visa application, depending on whether further investigation is necessary in the Netherlands. In exceptional cases, an investigation will take longer than two months. You should therefore apply for a visa as soon as possible to avoid the disappointment of having to postpone your visit.
REFUSAL OF APPLICATION
If the visa-issuing authority refuses your application, it will send you a copy of the decision explaining why. You may object to this decision within four weeks of its issue (details of where to send your objection are enclosed with the decision). You may also authorise a person in the Netherlands to object to the decision on your behalf or to represent you at any hearing. This person (usually your referee) must have written authority to do so (in Dutch, French, German, or English) signed by you.
The visa-issuing authority will then decide on your objection. If it decides in your favour, it will authorise the mission to issue you with a visa. If it decides against you, it will send you a copy of its decision, explaining why it has rejected your objection.
You can still submit a new visa application if new facts or circumstances arise. If your new application is successful, you may be asked to withdraw your objection to the earlier refusal.
When you submit a visa application, you must pay a fee. If your application is refused, the fee will not be refunded but retained to cover the processing costs. The Schengen countries have harmonised visa fees. As a rule, you must pay the fee in the local currency. In exceptional cases (for instance, if the local currency is not convertible), you must pay in another currency. You may also have to pay other costs incurred in processing your application (such as the cost of sending faxes).
- an airport transit visa: â‚¬35;
- a transit visa valid up to five days: â‚¬35;
- a visa valid for up to one month: â‚¬35;
- a single-entry visa valid for up to three months: â‚¬35
- a multiple-entry visa valid for up to three months: â‚¬35;
- a multiple-entry visa valid for up to one year: â‚¬35;
- a multiple-entry visa valid for up to five years: â‚¬35
an authorisation for temporary stay: â‚¬50
Visas are normally issued for the duration you specify, with a maximum of three months (90 days) per six months.. The visa-issuing authority will want to see your flight ticket to check the dates on which you will be entering and leaving the country.
In the "duration of stay" box on the sticker, you will find the number of days during which you may remain in the Schengen Area. In the "from" box, you will find the date on which your visa becomes valid. You may enter the Schengen Area on that date or afterwards. In the "to" box, you will find the date on which your visa expires.
As soon as you enter the Schengen Area, the days in the "duration of stay" box start to count down. You must leave the Schengen Area no later than the day on which you have reached your maximum number of days or on the date stated in the "to" box.