Seafarers/Blue Carpet


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 are required to have a valid visa to enter the Schengen space and needs to apply for a seamen transit visa and if they intend to join a ship that is (or will be) in a Schengen port, land with the aim of join another ship that is (or will arrive) 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 submit their application at VFS Global centres in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai Kolkata 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
(Monday – Friday)
Kolkata 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 4720
Children (between 6 - 12 Years) 35 2750

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.

All fees should be paid in advance & are non-refundable.

The fees can be paid only in cash.

  • VFS Logistics INR 1167/- (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • Optional Service – Courier @ INR 310/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • Optional Service – Premium Lounge @ INR 2055/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)
  • Optional Service – SMS @ INR 85/- per applicant (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%)

Kindly note if you have not intimated staff at the time of submission that you would want to collect the passport from VFS Centre in New Delhi, additional amount INR 310/- will be charged per applicant

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 Visa Fee (€ 35) applies for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.


Documents Required

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  • 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 Form

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.


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.