Only seamen who are nationals from a country who are required to have a valid visa to enter the Schengen space or 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 Schengen port, or land due to sickness, repatriation, holiday and so on, need to apply for a seafarer visa.

A ‘Blue Carpet procedure’ exists in locations where many seafarers apply for visa. This procedure simplifies and accelerates the issue of visas to seafarers prior to their departure. It is also possible to apply for a short stay visa (C visa) for multiple entries and for a longer period of validity.

The advantages of the ‘Blue Carpet procedure’:

  • Cost saving: Paying once for a (multi-entry) visa for a longer period of validity, instead of paying each time for a single-entry visa
  • Reduction in the administrative burden: Less visa applications.
  • Flexibility: In principle a short stay visa (C visa) is valid for all Schengen states, so that seafarers are not restricted to the Netherlands in order to embark on, re-embark on or disembark from a ship.

At crossing the border the Dutch border authorities will check the conditions for admission in an independent and strict manner. At that moment the border authorities are authorized to cancel the visas of seafarers who are not eligible (anymore) for admission.

The authority of a Schengen Member State to take in a visa application is determined by the (main) purpose, or the country of the port where the ship is docked (Article 5 Visa Code). As shown in below examples it is not determined by the flag under which a ship sails or where the applicant enters the Schengen area.

Entry into Schengen area through the Netherlands (for example Schiphol Airport):

  • Dutch flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Spanish flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Panamanian flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Dutch flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES
  • Spanish flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES
  • Panamanian flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES

Entry into Schengen area not through the Netherlands but through another Schengen country (for example Airport in Paris):

  • Dutch flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Spanish flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Panamanian flagged ship + embarking in Dutch port => NL
  • Dutch flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES
  • Spanish flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES
  • Panamanian flagged ship + embarking in Spanish port => ES

The issuing authority reserves the right in case of doubt concerning a visa application to contact the Seaport police or the Inspectie Verkeer en Waterstaat, Toezicht Beheer Eenheid (TBE), unit Scheepvaart with the question if the ship where applicant will embark indeed is expected and if the applicant is listed for embarkment on the ship.

Visa Validity

When you receive your visa, please read it carefully and inform the Netherlands Visa Application Centre if you find an error. Correction of any errors discovered after leaving the Visa Application Centre will require new visa registration and payment of new handling fee. The validity of your visa indicates the dates between which you should enter AND leave the Schengen.

The length of your stay in the Schengen area is limited to the number of days indicated on your visa, even if your visa-sticker has a longer validity. If you overstay, you risk a two year visa sanction for all Schengen countries.

When a visa is valid for more than six months, the duration of stays is 90 days in every 180-day period. If you get a multiple entry visa you may leave and return any number of times within the 180-day period, but the combined stay within the region must not total more than 90 days.

Visa Fees

Schengen visa normal tariff Php 3,890 Php1,620 Php 5,510
Schengen visa for children 6-11 years Php 2,270 Php1,620 Php 3,890
Schengen visa for children below the age of 6 0 Php1,620 Php1,620

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 organised 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, organised by non-profit organisations.

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 (biometric passport holders have their fee waived).

Documents Required

Please click here for a list of the required documents.


  • At your appointment, you are requested to bring a completed checklist and A4 photocopies of all your supporting documents as per the stated requirements.
  • Please enclose all the above documents in 1 long brown envelope. Please do not write anything on the envelope.

Photo Specifications

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Processing Time

The legal processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 calendar days. Applicants are strongly advised to make an appointment well in advance of the travel date so that their application is submitted at VFS at least 3 to 4 weeks before the travel date but no earlier than three (3) months prior to their departure to the Netherlands. Please be aware that in the run-up to holidays (generally the period March up to and including July) and festive seasons the waiting time to get an appointment increases considerably.

After applying for your visa, you will not be able to borrow your passport back while your visa application is being processed.  

Also, kindly only make travel plans that you can cancel until your passport has been returned to you.

Download Forms

When filling this form, please ready your passport and travel itinerary.

Please click below to download the Visa Application Form:

  Visa Application Form (Schengen)