All applicants applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands, or a visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, can submit their visa applications at the VFS Netherlands Visa Application Centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. By following the guidelines on this website you will be able to submit your visa application together with the mandatory documents accurately. This will reduce the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents.
The Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement came into force on 26 March 1995. The Schengen countries require visitors to obtain a common visa, which permits entry to the Schengen Area. The Schengen countries have reached agreements with each other on entry requirements and a common visa application form.
The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A ‘Schengen visa’ is required to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is generally valid for all Schengen States for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180 day period for a visit, tourism or business, but not for employment or family reunification purposes.
Whether you need a Schengen visa depends on your nationality. To check which nationalities need a Schengen visa to enter the Netherlands, click here. Vietnamese nationals are required to apply for a Visa to enter the Schengen area.
For a visit to one Schengen state, visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of that particular Member State. If the visit includes more than one destination, you should submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the Schengen country associated with your main purpose of travel. If your main purpose of travel is the same for more than one country, for example a holiday, submit your visa application to the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to stay in the longest. If you plan to spend an equal amount of time in each Schengen country, submit your visa application to the embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit first.
Schengen visa applications with main destination the Netherlands are accepted at VFS Visa Application Centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. At VFS Visa Application Centre in Ho Chi Minh City you can also submit Schengen visa applications with destination Slovenia or Luxembourg (in Hanoi, visa applications for Slovenia can be submitted at the embassy of the Republic of Hungary and visa applications for Luxembourg can be submitted at the embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium).
Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands responsible for the processing of visa applications.
For more information about the different visa types, the visa fees and the documents you are required to submit with your application, please look at the relevant pages of the VFS website: Tourist, Business/conference/Study/Training, Business (Orange Carpet), Visiting Friends and Relatives, Seafarers, Airport Transit, Official Delegation, Family Members EU/EEA And Swiss Nationals, and Return Visa.
Processed passports can be collected from the Netherlands Visa Application Centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City between 13:00 to 16:00 on Mondays to Fridays (except during scheduled public holidays).
Schengen Visa Application Processing Time
The legal processing time for a Schengen visa is 15 calendar days. In individual cases this period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 or 60 days in case an application needs to be referred to the Netherlands Authorities.
Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that their application is submitted at VFS at least 3 to 4 weeks before the travel date but no earlier than 90 days 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 at VFS Ho Chi Minh City increases considerably.
The Schengen countries have agreed to consult each other about the granting of visas to nationals of certain listed countries. Vietnamese passport holders are subject to prior consultation. The consultation will take up to 1 to 7 days. After the consultation period, the visa application can be processed.
Taking supporting documents with you when travelling on a Schengen visa
A Schengen visa will not automatically permit you to enter the Schengen area. At the border, you may have to show documents concerning your finances or the purpose of your journey. When you travel, you should always take with you copies of the documents you had to present when applying for a Schengen visa.
A Caribbean visa is valid for all parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean for a visit as tourist or for short stay in the countries Aruba, Curacao, and St Maarten and for the Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.
For more information on the Caribbean visa:
In case you intend to stay for continuous period of longer than 90 days in the Netherlands, you will need a temporary residence permit (MVV).
For more information about the MVV: please click on the link.