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    11 May 2020

    IMPORTANT- Passport Collection Time at the Visa Application Centre has been changed from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm every working day due to the impact of Covid-19. Kindly Note: No Nose Mask No Entry at the Visa Application Centre.

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    18 March 2020

    The Dutch MFA has issued the below for visa applications globally. They are shutting down visa acceptance except for emergencies and national interests cases as advised below.

    Herewith the guidelines from The Hague for the period 18 March 2020 – 6 April 2020 regarding the issuance of Schengen visa:

    The granting of visas shall be limited to the following categories:

    1. Humanitarian / serious personal reasons:
      1. Family visits in case of serious illness likely to result in death or death (supporting documents must be provided). In the case of an application in relation to death, consultation with the Visa Service will take place in advance);
      2. Partners for assisting spouse in childbirth;
      3. Necessary medical treatment that cannot be provided elsewhere (under the usual conditions).

        Guidance: these are generally unforeseen situations in which postponement of the issue of a visa does not offer a solution and for which applicant only needs to travel to the Netherlands.

    2. National interests:
      1. Urgent and important business interests: discussions (possibly in relation to Covid-19) of e.g. Shell, KLM or other NL companies.
      2. Participation in (political) negotiations at a high level, at the invitation of NL.
      3. Individual politically sensitive applications, at the request of DCV.
      4. Applications submitted by International Tribunals (seat obligations) on behalf of suspects, witnesses, victims;

    Guidance: this expressly concerns the interests of the Netherlands itself, which is served by the arrival of the visa applicant (or will be harmed if a visa is not granted), whereby postponement of the issue of a visa is not a solution and for which applicant only needs to travel to the Netherlands. This is a narrow interpretation and should be an exception.

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    16 March 2020

    COVID-19 – Temporary suspension of representation for Austria.

    With effect from 16 March 2020, The Netherlands Embassy in Accra will temporarily not accept Schengen Visa application for Austria till further notice to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

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    22 June 2019

    The Visa Application Centre has moved to 1st floor, Atlantic Towers, behind Marina Mall, Airport City, Accra.

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    21 June 2019

    With effect from 15 May 2019, The Netherlands Embassy in Accra will no longer represent Schengen Visa application for France. All applicants are requested to contact the Embassy of France in Accra for further enquiries on France Visa application (

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    20 May 2019

    Effective 15 May 2019, all applicants applying for Schengen Visa to France must apply from the French Embassy. The Netherlands Embassy is no longer responsible for processing of French visa. Thank you.

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    13 February 2018

    New Requirement for Cuban nationals travelling to a destination outside the Schengen area via the Netherlands

    Effective  29 January 2018, Cuban nationals travelling to a destination outside the Schengen area via the Netherlands  are required to obtain an Airport transit visa . Please click on link for more details.

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    06 December 2017

    VFS is pleased to announce the commencement of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre on 15 January 2018. All applicants are required to appear in person when applying for a Netherlands visa. VFS will collect the biometric information such as fingerprints on the scheduled appointment.