Seafarers/Blue Carpet

Overview

Blue Carpet Visa Facility:

Blue carpet visa facility is provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands/The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Only seamen who are nationals from a country with a visa requirement to enter the Schengen space and who intend to join a ship in a Dutch port.

This visa is valid up to 5 days.

All applicants / travel agents and Representatives applying under the Blue Carpet facility (Seamen Category) can directly walk-in without prior appointment to submit their application at VFS Global centres in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata Jalandhar and Ahmedabad as per the below timings:


New Delhi Between 09:00 – 10:00
(Monday – Friday)
Mumbai Between 08:00 – 09:00
(Monday – Friday)
Chennai Between 08:00 – 09:00
(Monday – Friday)
Bengaluru Between 08:00 – 09:00
(Monday – Friday)
Ahmedabad Between 08:00 – 09:00
Kolkata Between 09:00 – 10:00
(Monday – Friday)
Jalandhar Between 09:00 – 10:00
(Monday – Friday)

Visa Fees

Visa fees applicable are listed in the table below:-

Visa Category Visa Fee in Euros Visa Fee in INR
Schengen Visa 60   4800
Children (between 6 - 12 Years) 35   2800

The applicable visa fees is payable in INR only as per the current exchange rate shared by the Embassy and are subject to change without any prior notice.

In addition to the visa processing fee stated in Fee table above, VFS charges a service fee of INR 1186/- and convenience fee INR 160/- (for provision of multiple modes of payment) per application. As of the 02 July 2018, the service fee and convenience fee has to be paid online when scheduling an appointment to submit the application; with the exception of the following applicants: business travelers working for an organisation registered as Orange Carpet at the Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi, seafarers and travelers with a diplomatic or official passport joining an official delegation As these applicants do not have to make an appointment, they do not pre-pay the service fee and will have to pay the service fee in cash at the VAC upon submission of their application.

VFS India also offers several additional, optional services:

  • Courier @ INR 310/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • Premium Lounge @ INR 2055/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • SMS @ INR 85/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)

Kindly note that if you have submitted your application at any of the VFS Visa Application Centres (VACs) with the exception of VFS New Delhi, and you wish to collect your passport at VFS New Delhi rather than the VAC where you submitted your application, an additional fee of INR 310/- will be charged per applicant for the keeping of the passport at VFS New Delhi

The visa fee will be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

  • Children under 6 years;
  • School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
  • Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research;
  • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organisations.

The visa fee may be waived for:

  • holders of diplomatic and service passports;
  • participants aged 25 years or less in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events, organized by non-profit organizations.

Low Tariff Schengen Visa Fee (€ 35) applies for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Russia and for non-biometric passport holders from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine (for biometric passport holders the visa fee is waived).

Documents Required

Documents to be submitted with Seafarers/Blue Carpet application -Click here

  • Complete the online Schengen visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is strongly recommended to complete the form using the online portal instead of the paper format.
  • The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.

Important!

  • There is no legal right to a visa.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will not be accepted for submission.
  • No visa will be issued on additional pages of a passport.
  • Supporting documents from a referee must be included with the application for the visa and must not be sent directly to the Embassy of The Netherlands.
  • All copies of documents must be photocopied and in A4 size paper.
  • Each application must be supported by a copy of all the requisite documents.
  • The above list of requirements is not final. In individual, cases further documents may also be requested for.

Processing Time

The legal processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 days. Applicants are advised to make an appointment at least 3 weeks prior to their departure date, however, no earlier than three (3) months prior to their departure to the Netherlands.

Download Forms

    Online Schengen Visa Application Form

  • Complete the online Schengen visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is strongly recommended to complete the form using the online portal instead of the paper format.
  • The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.
Consent form to be signed by the applicant

Additional Mandatory form required:

Authorization Form : To be filled if the submission done by Travel Agent or Representative.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Applicants,


Please be informed that the applicants might be contacted directly by the Embassy for information regarding additional documents or interview request through e-mail or phone. Therefore, please ensure that details are written in correct and readable format. It is also advisable to write the e-mail address in BLOCK LETTERS.


We humbly request you to adhere to this instruction to avoid delay in the visa processing.