Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements
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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, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
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.
Visas for the Netherlands are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in the Netherlands for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.
Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in the Netherlands without a visa for up to 90 days.
The Netherlands is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.
Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for the Netherlands for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.
For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.
Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for the Netherlands.
For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for the Netherlands visas.
Types and Cost
Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.
Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.
The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.
Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa-exempt country, please check with your consulate.
Applications must be made in person at the relevant embassy/consulate.
The Netherlands is part of the Schengen visa scheme.
Non-EU/ EEA nationals intending to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months need to apply for a residence permit before arriving in the Netherlands.
EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days need to register with the personal records database and get a Citizens Service Number.
Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.
Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering the Netherlands with a pet from outside of the EU.
Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7590 3200.
Address: , 38 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5DP,
Mon-Fri 0900-1700; consular section: Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1530 (by appointment only). Closed first and third Wednesday of every month.
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 244 53 00.
Address: , 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008,
Embassy: Mon-Fri 0830-1630; consular and visa section: Tue-Fri 0850-1230 (by appointment only).
British Embassy in the Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)70 427 0427
Address: , Lange Voorhout 10, The Hague, 2514 ED,
Currently not open to the public.