EEA/EU and Swiss national family member


Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

  1. Following family members of EEA/EU and Swiss nationals are entitled to apply for a Schengen visa as EEA/EU and Swiss national family member, i.e. submitting fewer documents required than regular Tourists and exempt from paying the applicable visa fee, when travelling together with their EEA/EU or Swiss national family member:
    1. Spouse/partner/common law spouseThe direct descendants (children) who are under the age of 21 or are dependents, and those of the spouse or partner.The dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parents) and those of the spouse or partner.
  2. Any applicant, travelling without his/her EEA/EU or Swiss national family member, cannot apply as EEA/EU and Swiss national family member and need to apply as Tourist, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.

Important notice:

This procedure does not apply to family members of Dutch nationals travelling to or living in the Netherlands, unless they have recently worked/lived in another EU/EER country or Switzerland.

Directive 2004/38/EC governs visa facilitation and visa exemptions for family members with a visa-required nationality of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are exercising (or have exercised) their right of free movement. They may be entitled to a relaxed (free of charge and accelerated) visa procedure. An EU/EEA/Swiss national is exercising his/her right of free movement if he/she moves to or resides in (or has recently moved to or resided in) a member state other than that of which he/she is a national.

Visa application exemption for certain EEA/EU and Swiss national family members:

  1. Family members of EEA/EU or Swiss nationals holding a valid UK Residence permit as demonstrated below, do not need a Schengen visa to enter the Netherlands/Schengen Area, only if the following conditions are fulfilled:
  2. You are a family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss national.

    (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 or a depending family member); and

    1. You are accompanying the EU/EEA/Swiss national or planning to join him/her; and
    2. this EU/EEA/Swiss national is travelling to or is residing in another member state than that of which he/she is a national.their UK Residence permit literally bears the following wording:
      1. Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National (endorsed in passport)
      2. Permanent Residence Card (endorsed in passport)
      3. Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen (biometrics card)

  3. However when applicant, holding one of the abovementioned UK residence permits, is travelling without their EEA/EU or Swiss national family member, then they have to apply as Tourist, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.
  4. If you think you qualify for visa facilitation you will need to show proof that you meet all of these criteria when you submit your Schengen visa (type C) application. The accelerated procedure means that you need not answer the questions on the Schengen visa application form marked with an asterisk (*), which are numbers 19, 20, 31, 32, 33 and fewer supporting documents are required. Family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens must present documents to prove their relationship and fill in fields no 34 and 35 of the visa application form. The Schengen visa fee will be waived.

Detailed information about the procedure for verification against EU-law is available on the website of the IND:

Visa free travel

If you are in the possession of a valid residence permit for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Rep.), Ireland, Romania, or the United Kingdom explicitly stating ‘family member of an EEU/EA/Swiss national’, you do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands


Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

  1. holding a valid passport/travel document
  2. holding a valid UK residence permit. In case applicant holds a short stay visa for the UK, a C type visa (see example here), then applicant can also apply for a Schengen visa; however the minimum processing time may be considerably longer than regular 2-weeks minimum processing time
  3. applying for a short stay visa: Tourist (including Minors), Visitor Family/Friends, Business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family member or Airport Transit

Visa Fees

Visa Category Visa fee (in Euro) Visa fee (in GBP) VFS Service fee (in GBP)
Children less than 6 years old 0 0 23.68
Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in the Netherlands. 0 0 23.68
(scientific) researchers from third countries 0 0 23.68
Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations. 0 0 23.68

Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester and Edinburgh), Credit/Debit card or Postal Orders in the name of “Netherlands Visa Application Centre”.

Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

The list of documents below is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/documents, if desired by the Mission.

Both the standard and the supporting documentation have to be recent, i.e. not older than 1 month, and need to be provided for every Schengen visa application.

Applicants always have to bring and present their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted.

Before gathering the required documents mentioned below, applicants are advised to read the requirements under Overview (see here) in order to ensure they are entitled to apply for the chosen visa category.

For Minors, please click here.


    1. Visa application form (original) (see here)
    2. Passport (original and photocopy)

      Signed passport, at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the day of leaving the Schengen Area.

      Extended passport may still be valid, but when older than 10 years the passport is no longer acceptable; in that case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.

      Photocopies of previous Schengen visas issued in the last 2 years;  in case the previous Schengen visas are endorsed in an old passport, then the old passport should also be presented with the visa application.

    3. UK Residence permit ( original and photocopy)

      UK Residence permit, endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area; C type visitor visa (see here) is also acceptable, however the minimum processing time may be considerably longer than the regular 2-weeks minimum processing time.

    4. Photograph (original) (see here)

  1. EEA/EU and Swiss national’s passport or ID card (original to be seen)
  2. Proof of relation to EEA/EU and Swiss national: marriage/birth certificate (original to be seen), if not in English or Dutch, then translation by a certified translator in the UK of the same is required  
    1. Confirmed return travel tickets: mentioning both applicant’s names and travel dates to & from the Schengen Area.
If you apply for a visa to visit the Netherlands or the represented countries on, you need the documents as per below checklist.

Please click for details

Photo Specifications


Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements: Click for details

  • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus
  • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
  • Photograph attached (paper clipped) to the Visa Application Form

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 3 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.

The minimum processing time of a visa application is 2 weeks, so applicants are advised to leave enough time - between the appointment date and travel date - for the Mission to process their visa application; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.

For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes 3 weeks.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas and New Year’s period the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.  

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Manchester or Edinburgh need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Application Form

For the Netherlands every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from an online Schengen visa application form (VAF).

Therefore each applicant first needs to duly complete and print the online Schengen visa application form as follows:

  1. Click Schengen Visa Application form (PDF format)
  2. Duly complete the online visa application form (as per the passport’s details)
  3. Select File in Menu bar
  4. Select Print & confirm Printing

Once the completed online Schengen visa application form has been printed, then applicant needs to finish the remaining steps:

  1. Sign the completed visa application form in the designated places (1st signature at no.37, 2nd signature right under the disclaimer at the end of the VAF)
  2. Bring the signed visa application form with the supporting documents on his/her appointment day (see Schedule an Appointment).