A Business visa is required if during any portion of the visit you intend to conduct business or commercial activities e.g.  meetings,  conferences,  training,  trade  fairs etc. Such visas can only be issued to travellers not being paid for work by an entity within the Netherlands. If you intend to undertake paid work in the Netherlands you will need to obtain a work permit.

For Orange Carpet

Applications for business visa of employees of companies that are registered with the Netherlands Embassy in Manila, as being eligible for the Orange Carpet Facility Program can also  be submitted at VFS Netherlands Visa Application Center. For more information about the Orange Carpet Visa Facility Program click here

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.

Application for a Minor

Please note that if you are applying for a Schengen visa for a minor, there are specific requirements regarding the documents that need to be submitted. For more information, please see the tab ‘Documents Required’.

Visa Fees

Schengen visa normal tariff Php  3,820 Php1,620 Php  5,440
Schengen visa for children 6-11 years Php  2,220 Php1,620 Php  3,840
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 the complete list of requirements

Application for a Minor


Please note that if you are applying for a Schengen visa for a minor, there are additional required documents (not necessarily mentioned on the checklist):


  1. a Schengen application form that is signed by BOTH parents of the minor;
  2. the birth certificate of the minor (please bring the original and a clearly readable copy; the original will not be sent with the application but will be checked when submitting the application);
  3. a copy of the identity documents of BOTH parents. IMPORTANT: the original identity document must bear/contain a signature of the holder and the copy of the identity document should also show this signature. For example, if in the passport of the parents, the signature is on a different page than the personal details page, the copy of the identity document should be of both the personal details page and the page with the signature. If the identity document is an identity card that is signed on the back, the copy of the identity document must be of both the front and back of the card. If the original identity document of the parent(s) of the minor does not bear a signature of the parent(s), the parent(s) will have to submit a notarised copy of their signature to confirm that the signature on the application form of the minor, is indeed the signature of the parent(s).
  4. a declaration from the minor’s school consenting to their absence if the minor is travelling outside of school holidays.

If the minor will be travelling alone or with only one parent, the application should also contain a signed declaration of consent from the parent or parents who will not be travelling with the minor, stating that the minor has permission to travel.

If one of the parents has been allocated parental responsibility for the minor, you need to submit a copy of the signed identity document of the parent with parental responsibility, the court judgment stating that the parent has been allocated parental responsibility for the minor, the application form for the parents signed by the parent with parental authority and, if the minor is travelling alone, a letter of consent from the parent with parental responsibility. The birth certificate of the minor and the letter of consent from the school (if travelling outside school holidays) are also required.


  • 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

Please click here for more information on photo specifications.

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.

Online Form

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


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.