14 July 2021
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?
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.
15 April 2021
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:
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.
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.
09 September 2020
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.
26 May 2019
The minimum processing time of a visa application is 15 days. Applicants are advised to leave enough time between the appointment date and travel date to have their visa application processed. No guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.
The Embassy is not in a position to update on the visa application status. This can only be done through the tracking application number you have received when you applied.
Please note that your passport will be kept during the visa application process.
18 April 2019
Visa applications for the Netherlands return to VFS office from the 23 April 2019
Do you live in Iran and do you need a short stay visa for the Netherlands? From the 23 April 2019 you have to apply for your visa at the VFS office in Tehran. If your visa application was submitted at the Embassy of the Netherlands before the 23rd of April, the passport is to be collected at the VFS office.
The application procedure remains the same, you can find more information about required documents, processing time, etc. on this page.
If you need a new appointment for your visa application, you can schedule an appointment to apply for a short stay visa here. After you have done this, you will receive further information about the appointment.
Due to circumstances, the Embassy of the Netherlands will not be able to process the same amount of visa applications per day as before the 01 April 2019. This will result in longer waiting times for your appointment to submit your visa application.
For more information, please refer to the website of the Embassy of the Netherlands.