Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Visas

Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Australian, Canadian and US nationals can stay in the Netherlands without a visa for up to 90 days. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60/£47. Reductions are available for some nationals and for children.

Validity

Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Visitors from some countries not listed above do require a transit visa; check with the embassy.

Application to

Applications must be made in person at the relevant embassy/consulate. UK residents should apply to the Netherlands Visa Application Centre (http://nl.vfsglobal.co.uk), which charges an additional fee of £16.60.

Schengen visas

The Netherlands is part of the Schengen area.

Working days

Allow up to 15 days for visa processing. Applications which have to be sent to the Netherlands may take up to two months however.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

EU nationals staying longer than three months must register with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (www.ind.nl). Non-EU nationals must apply for a residence permit if staying beyond three months.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal requires a pet passport, microchip and rabies vaccination certificate.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Netherlands Embassy in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7590 3200. Website: http://www.dutchembassyuk.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1000 (visa section). Closed first and third Wednesday of every month.
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the USA
Telephone: 877 388 2443. Website: http://dc.the-netherlands.org Opening times: Embassy 0900-1630; consular and visa section 0930-1230 (by appointment).
British Embassy in the Netherlands
Telephone: (0)70 4270 427. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/netherlands Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-17.30.

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