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Important Information

  • Dear Customer,

    Due to unforeseen circumstances VFS Visa Applications center in Tehran, Iran will remain closed on 29 August 2021. Applicants who had appointment on 29 August 2021 will be contacted with the rescheduled appointment at the earliest.

    We regret for the inconvenience caused.

  • Dear Customer,

    This is to inform you that in compliance with the Latest Announcement received from the Government to curb the COVID-19 spread whereby a curfew will be imposed from 15 August 2021 Mid night till 20 August 2021 Mid night, the VFS Visa applications center will remain closed.

    We will contact you to reschedule your appointment. Regret for the inconvenience caused.

  • As of 01 July 2021 a new category of travelers is exempted from the EU travel ban: the fully vaccinated traveler.

    Below shows which travelers are allowed to travel to the Netherlands as from 01 July 2021. Test requirements and quarantine measures differ per category.

    When are you allowed to travel to the Netherlands?

    • In case your country of legal residence is a Safe Country: applicant can travel for any purpose of stay. No vaccine declaration required.
    • In case your country of legal residence is a High Risk Country:
      • Fully vaccinated persons: may travel for any purpose. Vaccine Declaration Covid-19 to be presented with visa application.
      • Non-vaccinated persons: can only travel if they fall under the exemption categories.
    • In case your country of legal residence is a Very High Risk Country:
      • Fully Vaccinated persons: may travel for any purpose. Vaccine Declaration Covid-19 to be presented with visa application.
      • Non-vaccinated persons: can only travel if they fall under the exceptional categories.
    • In case your country of legal residence is a Very High Risk Virus Variant Country: regardless of being vaccinated, only persons falling under the exception categories are allowed to travel.

    General information on traveling to the Netherlands and the specific requirements and measures can be found on the page Checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad on Government.nl.

  • Verify your relevant COVID-19-related travel restrictions before departure!

    As part of the measures to contain the spreading of COVID-19, individual Schengen States have introduced travel restrictions, including at certain borders between those states. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the EU, travel restrictions may be eased or reintroduced.

    All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure. Holders of a Schengen visa are not automatically entitled to enter the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place.

    Please visit the Netherlands Government.nl website for the latest information.

  • Verify your travel restrictions before departure to a Caribbean part of the Kingdom!

    As part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the authorities of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom introduced travel restrictions. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, these restrictions may be eased or tightened. All travellers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure.

    Holders of a Caribbean visa are not automatically entitled to enter the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. You can find the latest information on the travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related measures on the individual websites of the authorities:

    • Aruba
    • Curacao
    • Sint-Maarten
    • Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius and Saba
  • EU entry ban now applies to UK residents
    European Union and Schengen country nationals and residents plus members of their families, as well as residents of third countries on the list established by the EU can presently travel to the Netherlands. Please note this list is subject to change, according to developments regarding Covid-19.

    The situation has changed for (British and non-British) UK residents, as the United Kingdom no longer is an EU country and is now subject to the EU entry ban.

    For countries under the EU entry ban, there is only a limited number of exemptions (where it ís possible to travel to the Netherlands).

    Visit the relevant page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to view the lists of countries, to learn more about the exemptions and to see if you can / must apply for a visa.

    Please note: your application will only enter the decision phase if it fulfills all Schengen visa requirements and explicitly and clearly meets the criteria for an exemption.

  • 07 Jan 2020

    Attention: holding a Travel Medical Insurance is a requirement to apply for a Schengen visa or a Caribbean visa. The TMI has to cover any expenses that may arise in relation to repatriation for medical reasons and/or emergency treatment during the visa holder’s stay. Expenses made as a result of pandemic situations (including covid-19) cannot be excluded from coverage. If your TMI does exclude the coverage of pandemic situations, your application may be refused.

  • 16 December 2020

  • Requirement to show printed negative COVID-19 test result and signed declaration

  • Since 15 December 2020, certain travellers are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result less than 72 hours old from the arrival time in the Netherlands and a signed negative COVID test Please carefully study this general information and list of exemptions from this new rule.

  • 22 October 2020

    European Union, Schengen country and United Kingdom nationals and residents plus members of their families, as well as residents of third countries on the list established by the EU can presently travel to the Netherlands. Please note this list is subject to change, according to developments regarding Covid-19.

    For countries still under the EU travel ban, there is a limited number of exemptions (where it ís possible to travel to the Netherlands).

    Visit the relevant page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to view the lists of countries, to learn more about the exemptions and to see if you can apply for a visa.

    Please note: your application will only enter the decision phase if it fulfills all Schengen visa requirements and explicitly and clearly meets the criteria for an exemption.

  • 02 September 2020

    Until further notice, Schengen Member States have suspended visa representation for other Schengen member countries. This means that the Netherlands VAC, until further notice, only accepts visa applications for the Netherlands itself. Please contact the local representation of the Schengen state you are trying to apply for to receive more information.

  • Important Notice**

    Dear Customer, Please note that only the online application forms will be accepted at the time of submission and offline or hand-filled application forms will not be accepted.

  • The Netherlands Visa Application Centre partially resumes in Tehran

    Effective 13 September 2020, the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Tehran will resume partial operations accepting visa applications for limited categories on every Sunday & Tuesday from 08:00 hrs to 14:00 hrs.

    Your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and may be required to wear face mask and gloves. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their appointments for another day.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • Additional Covid-19 fee and mandatory passport return by courier

    2 euro Covid-19 fee

    For the time being, until 31 December 2020 (subject to prolongation), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given VFS permission to charge an additional ‘Covid-19 fee’ of 2 euros (or the equivalent in local currency) per application. This non-refundable allowance will be levied online or at the VAC.

    Passport return by courier

    Until further notice, the use of a courier service for returning your passport(s) is mandatory. This measure has been taken to reduce the number of people in a particular Visa Application Centre.

  • Attention: holding a Travel Medical Insurance (TMI) is a requirement to apply for a Schengen visa. The TMI has to cover any expenses that may arise in relation to repatriation for medical reasons and/or emergency treatment during the visa holder’s stay. Expenses made as a result of pandemic situations (including Covid-19) cannot be excluded from coverage. If your TMI excludes the coverage of pandemic situations, your application may be refused.
  • The Netherlands Visa Application Centers closed

    As a result of the corona crisis the Netherlands has closed its Visa Application Centers until further notice. All visa application appointments from 18 March 2020 onwards are cancelled.

  • It is not possible to extend a visa. Not even if, due to circumstances, the visa expired unused. You will have to apply for a new visa.
  • IMPORTANT - Changes in the rules for Schengen visa applications and increase of visa fees Read more