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Netherlands Tourist Visa: Requirements, Application Process and Fees

Last Update: 19-04-2024

⚡Quick Summary

Do Indians require a visa to visit the Netherlands?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require a Schengen visa to visit the Netherlands for tourism and business-related activities.

Processing time for Netherlands Visa

15 to 21 working days

Netherlands visa fees for Indians

  1. Appointment fees: € 18 (INR 1,610/-)
  2. Embassy fees: € 80 (INR 7,160/-)

Netherlands visa validity

Usually 180 Days (Depends on the discretion of the Netherlands Embassy)

Netherlands visa stay duration

90 Days

How to apply for a Netherlands visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes.
  2. Apply through the VFS Visa Application Centre.

Documents required for Netherlands visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport 
  3. Photograph 
  4. Round-trip flight bookings
  5. Cover Letter
  6. Bank Statement (last 3 months)
  7. Income Tax Return Acknowledgement (last 2 years)
  8. Travel Itinerary
  9. Travel Medical Insurance - € 30,000
  10. Hotel Bookings
  11. See other documents

Can Indians get a Netherlands Visa on Arrival?

No, Indian citizens cannot get a Visa on Arrival in the Netherlands. They must apply for a Schengen visa before their trip to the Netherlands.

Do Indians Need a Tourist Visa to Travel to the Netherlands?

Yes, Indian citizens need to have a visa when visiting the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a member of the European Union (EU) and a part of the Schengen area. Therefore, Indians must secure a Schengen visa before travelling to the Netherlands. This visa enables them to travel not just to the Netherlands but also to other Schengen countries within a period of 180 days or till the time the Schengen visa is valid.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. When Should You Apply for a Netherlands Schengen Visa at the Netherlands Diplomatic Mission?
  3. Types of Netherlands Visa for Indians
  4. How to Apply for a Netherlands Tourist Visa Online?
  5. Netherlands Tourist Visa Documents for Indians
  6. Netherlands Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians
  7. Netherlands Tourist Visa Fees for Indian Citizens
  8. How Long Can Indians Stay in the Netherlands with a Schengen Visa?
  9. Validity of a Netherlands Tourist Visa
  10. Can I Extend My Netherlands Tourist Visa as an Indian?
  11. How can Indians Check Their Netherlands Visa Status?
  12. Is Travel Insurance Mandatory for Netherlands Tourist Visa?
  13. Reasons for Netherlands Visa Denial for Indian Applicants
  14. What to do if my Netherlands Visa Application is Refused?
  15. Do Indians Need an Airport Transit Visa for the Netherlands?
  16. What to Do Upon Arrival at a Netherlands Airport?
  17. Conclusion
  18. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a trip from India to the Netherlands? This detailed guide offers all the information Indian travellers need to successfully apply for a Netherlands tourist visa.

We’ve covered all of it - visa documentation, application procedure, different visa types and their fees. In case you need further assistance after reading the blog, feel free to reach out to the Teleport team on 073148 52914 or drop us a message on WhatsApp. We’ll be happy to help.

Let’s begin our journey to the Netherlands, shall we?

Can Indians Get a Visa on Arrival in the Netherlands?

Indian citizens do not have the option to get a Visa on Arrival in the Netherlands. They must apply for a Schengen visa before their Netherlands trip.

When Should You Apply for a Netherlands Schengen Visa at the Netherlands Diplomatic Mission?

Single Schengen Country Visit: 

Applicants need to apply at the Netherlands consulate if they plan to travel only to the Netherlands in the entire Schengen region.

When planning a trip to multiple Schengen countries, applicants need to apply at the Netherlands consulate if-

  • They intend on spending most of their time in the Netherlands, or
  • The Netherlands is their main point into the Schengen region.
  • For trips covering several Schengen countries for equal lengths of time, such as visiting the Netherlands, Germany, and France, the application should go to the consulate of the country the applicants intend to enter first, in this scenario, the Netherlands.

Main Purpose of Visit:

The main purpose of the visit can also tell where should one apply for a Schengen visa. For example, if the primary reason for the Schengen trip is attending a conference in the Netherlands, even if the applicant plans to visit other countries, they should apply for the Schengen visa at the Netherlands consulate.

Types of Netherlands Visa for Indians

Here are the different types of visas for Indians travelling to the Netherlands:

  1. Short-stay Schengen Visa: A short-stay Schengen visa permits you to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day window, allowing you to enjoy holidays, conduct business trips, or visit loved ones in all Schengen area countries. The Netherlands, as a Schengen nation, falls under this arrangement. Your visa explicitly indicates its validity period, during which you can freely travel throughout the Schengen area, making it convenient for your intended purpose, whether it be for leisure, business, or spending time with family and friends.
  2. Long Stay Visa (MVV): A long-stay visa, alternatively known as an authorization for temporary stay (MVV), grants you the privilege of residing in the Netherlands for a duration exceeding 90 days.
  3. Airport Transit Visa: An airport transit visa grants you permission for a short stopover or connecting flight at a Netherlands airport. It does not permit entry through passport control or visits to the Netherlands.

How to Apply for a Netherlands Tourist Visa Online?

Securing a Netherlands Visa Through Teleport

Step 1: Start Your Application Process

Visit Teleport’s Netherlands visa application section and select "Apply for Visa."

Step 2: Input Your Information and Make Payment

Enter your passport details, choose between full or partial payment, and follow Teleport's guidance for putting in personal information.

Step 3: Gather Your Documents

A dedicated Relationship Manager from Teleport will assist you in collecting all necessary Netherlands visa documents for your application.

Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment at the Visa Application Centre

Your Relationship Manager will arrange an appointment for you at your preferred visa application centre based on available slots.

Step 5: Attend Your Appointment

Arrive at the centre at your scheduled time to provide biometrics and submit required documents.

✅ Teleport ensures your application and documents meet all the necessary requirements before submission.

✅ We also keep you updated on your visa application status through regular WhatsApp messages and emails. You'll receive timely notifications regarding the embassy's decision. All updates will be communicated via the platform, and upon visa approval, you can download it from your Teleport Dashboard.

Securing a Netherlands Visa Through VFS Global Application Centre in India

Step 1: Identify Your Visa Type

Begin by finding the right visa for your trip and ensuring you meet all Netherlands tourist visa  requirements. Learn about the needed documents, processing time, and fees. If your documents aren't in English, consider translating them first.

Step 2: Get Your Documents Ready

Make sure you have all the documents needed for a Netherlands visa. Keep reading ahead for a complete checklist.

Step 3: Book Your Appointment

After submitting your visa application, schedule an appointment at the VFS Visa Application Centre for biometric data collection - fingerprinting and a photo. Once the appointment is scheduled, you will receive an email containing your appointment letter. Remember, each family member must schedule their own appointment.

Step 4: Pay Your Fees

You'll be required to pay a visa fee upon application submission. However, if you choose to download the form, print it and carry it to the Visa Application Centre, you can choose to pay the fee during your appointment.

Step 5: Visit the Visa Application Centre

Print your completed visa application form. You'll need it when you submit it at one of the designated Visa Application Centres.

Here is the list of Netherlands Visa VFS Centres in India

LocationWorking Hours (Mon - Fri)

New Delhi

09:00 – 18:00

Mumbai

08:00 – 16:00

Bangalore

08:00 – 16:00

Kolkata

08:00 – 14:00

Chennai

08:00 - 15:00

Ahmedabad

09:00 - 17:00

Hyderabad

08:00 – 15:00

Jalandhar

09:00 – 18:00

Unless told otherwise, you must personally submit your completed application and documents at a designated Visa Application Centre.

Step 6: Track Your Application

If you applied at a VFS Visa Application Centre, you can check your application status online using VFS online application tracking tool

Step 7: Get Your Visa

Once a decision is made on your application, you can collect your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have them delivered to you for an extra fee.

For more information on applying for a Netherlands visa, you may visit the official Netherlands visa website.

Netherlands Tourist Visa Documents for Indians

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

  • A completed and signed visa application form
  • To be filled on embassy website

Original Passport

  • Your passport should have a minimum of two blank pages.
  • It must be valid for at least three months beyond the end of your Schengen trip.
  • The passport should have been issued within the last ten years.

Photograph

  • The photo must not be older than 6 months.
  • It should clearly resemble you.
  • The dimensions must be 35 mm x 45 mm (width x height).
  • The distance between the chin and the crown should be between 26 mm and 30 mm for individuals aged 11 years and older.
  • For those under 11 years old, the distance should be between 19 mm and 30 mm.
  • The head should be fully visible and positioned at the centre of the photo.

Bank Statement

  • Submit your bank statement covering the past three months, with an official stamp and signature from the bank.
  • The statement should not be more than one week old at the time of the application.
  • Recommended bank balance is at least € 55 (₹ 4,800/-) per person per day for the entire trip.

Income Tax Returns

India income tax return acknowledgment for the last two years

Cover Letter

Clearly state the purpose of your trip with a full itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

If visiting multiple Schengen States, present evidence of an intra-Schengen flight reservation, train itinerary, or car rental.

Travel Insurance

Minimum coverage of € 30,000, specifying coverage for accidents, illness, medical emergencies, and evacuation.

Proof of Accommodation

  • For hotel stays or holiday rentals, provide booking confirmations.
  • If you plan to stay with a family member or friend, you must provide proof of sponsorship and accommodation from your host.
  • If your travel includes multiple Schengen States, ensure you have proof of lodging arrangements for each of them.

Flight Reservation

Confirmation of round-trip flight booking

Residence Proof

Provide an ID confirming your residence in the jurisdiction of the Embassy/Consulate.

Supporting Documents

If Employed

  • Employment contract
  • Employer's NOC letter confirming approved leave with company seal.
  • Pay slips of the last 3 months.

If Self-Employed

  • Certificate of registration of the company
  • Company Income Tax Return for last 2 years.
  • Original private bank statement showing movements in the last three months, duly stamped and signed by the bank

If Married

  • If the applicant is married and doesn't have proof of marital status in their passport, they should provide a copy of the ration card, if applicable.
  • If Divorced - Divorce papers.

If Sponsored

If trip is sponsored by someone else, provide a cover letter stating the financial support provided and their bank statement for the last three months.

If Invited

  • If the invitee is acting as the sponsor, they must provide an invitation letter from the Dutch invitee.
  • Additionally, they need to submit Form 1310, which must be attested by the local authority in the Netherlands.

If Minor

  • Copies of the parents' passports should be included. If not applicable, submit the applicant's birth certificate and copies of the parents' ID cards.
  • For a minor travelling with only one parent (unless that parent has sole custody or guardianship): A notarized consent letter from the other parent or guardian is needed.

Netherlands Visa Photo Requirements and Specifications for Indians

The photograph submitted for the Netherlands visa application must meet these requirements:

Recentness: The photograph should be taken within the past 6 months and should accurately represent your current look. 

Size Specifications: Follow these guidelines for your visa photograph:

  • Dimensions: 35 mm x 45 mm (width x height)
  • The width of the face should be between 16 mm and 20 mm (excluding ears)
  • The distance between the chin and the crown should be between 26 mm and 30 mm for individuals aged 11 years and older. For those under 11 years of age, the distance should be between 19 mm and 30 mm.

Background: Use a plain white, light grey or light blue background 

Photo Requirements and Specifications for Indians

Head Placement: Applicant’s eyes should be aligned horizontally, shoulders straight, and the head should be facing forward, centred, and fully visible within the frame. The facial expression should be neutral.

Photo Quality: The photo should be in colour, unaltered by computer software, and have a minimum resolution of 400 dpi. It should be without any shadows, red-eye effects, or reflections to maintain clarity.

Eyewear: Fully transparent glasses with no reflection on the lenses are permitted. 

Headwear: Religious head coverings are acceptable provided they do not hide any part of the face. Ears don’t have to be visible as long as the full width of the face is shown.

Some exceptions for children under the age of 6: Children below 6 years of age may not meet the guidelines such as - ‘eyes horizontally aligned’, and ‘shoulders straight’. Also, if the child needs to be supported, it should not be visible in the photo. 

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Netherlands Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians

The Netherlands tourist visa processing time for Indians varies between 15 to 21 working days following your appointment at the Visa Application Centre.

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Netherlands Tourist Visa Fees for Indian Citizens

Visa TypeFee TypeAmount

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

VFS Appointment Fees

€ 18 (₹ 1,636)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (up to 6 years old)

No Fees

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (6-12 years)

€ 40 (₹ 3,400)

Schengen Visa (Type - C)

Embassy Fees (12+ years)

€ 80 (₹ 6,800)

How Long Can Indians Stay in the Netherlands with a Schengen Visa?

Indians can stay in the Netherlands for up to 90 days within a 180-day period with a Schengen visa. This visa allows short stays in the Netherlands and other Schengen area countries for tourism, business, or transit purposes. It's important to ensure that all travel is completed within the validity period specified on the visa.

Validity of a Netherlands Tourist Visa

The validity of a Netherlands tourist visa for Indians can vary, but it generally allows for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The exact duration of validity depends on the specifics of the application and the discretion of the consulate issuing the visa. It's important to check your visa sticker for the exact dates and conditions of your allowed stay.

Can I Extend My Netherlands Tourist Visa as an Indian?

Netherlands visa extensions or Schengen visa extensions for up to 90 days are only permitted in case of serious, exceptional, and unforeseeable circumstances.

Following is the process and cost involved for a Netherlands visa extension:

Step 1: Make sure you meet the Extension Requirements

Step 2: Gather the documents

You'll require the following documents for your application:

  1. Your valid passport.
  2. Proof explaining the specific and unforeseen situation, such as a statement from a medical specialist or general practitioner, a death notice or an invitation from a company.
  3. Evidence confirming your financial capability to cover your stay in the Netherlands and your return.
  4. Travel insurance, including medical coverage, for the extended duration of your stay.

Step 3: Apply for the extension

To extend your Schengen visa, you need to visit the Immigration and Naturalisation Service or IND desk.

Please contact the IND to schedule an appointment and remember to take all necessary documents with you.

Step 4: Pay the extension fees

If you're extending a Schengen visa, there is a fee of €30. You'll need to make this payment during your appointment at the IND desk.

Step 5: Application Outcome

During your appointment, the IND will promptly review your application, resulting in one of the two outcomes:

  • If your application is approved, you will receive a sticker on your passport as confirmation of the extension.
  • If your application is not approved, you won't receive an extension of your Schengen visa or visa-exempt period. If you disagree with this decision, you can request the IND staff member to provide a written rejection letter (decision), which you will receive within 2 weeks.

How can Indians Check Their Netherlands Visa Status?

Teleport can help you in tracking your Netherlands visa application status. In case you have submitted your application through VFS Global, you can check your application status through them as well.

Check Your Netherlands Visa Application Status with Teleport

  • Visit the Teleport Dashboard.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Your Applications’ section.
  • Click on the Submitted application to check its current status.

You'll also receive regular updates from us via WhatsApp and email.

Track Your Netherlands Visa Application Through VFS Global

For applications made via a visa application centre such as VFS Global, follow these steps-

  • Go to the VFS Global website for visa status tracking.
  • Enter the reference number you received when applying for the visa.
  • Type in your last name.
  • Enter captcha and hit "Submit".

Is Travel Insurance Mandatory for Netherlands Tourist Visa?

As part of the Schengen agreement, the Netherlands requires visitors to have insurance coverage mandatorily.

  1. The insurance should provide a minimum coverage of €30,000.
  2. Look for insurance that covers hospital stays, repatriation, emergency medical transportation, and unforeseen travel complications.
  3. Consider well-known insurance providers in India like HDFC Ergo, Tata AIG, Digit Insurance, etc.

Reasons for Netherlands Visa Denial for Indian Applicants

Many Indian applicants face Netherlands visa rejection due to various factors such as incomplete papers, false details, insufficient financial proof, criminal records, weak connections to their home country, passport issues, and suspicions of fraud. These issues can result in visa refusal, so it's crucial to address them carefully for a better chance at approval.

  • False or Altered Documents: Providing fake or altered papers can lead to rejection. Always submit genuine documents that meet the visa requirements.
  • Inconsistent Travel Plans: If your travel details don't match your actual plans, like flight bookings or hotel reservations, your application might be turned down.
  • Insufficient finances: You need to demonstrate sufficient funds for your trip, usually around € 55 per day. Teleport recommends a bank balance of ₹ 3,00,000.
  • Unclear Visit Purpose: If there's uncertainty about why you're visiting or a risk of overstaying, your application could be declined.
  • Limited Travel History: Applicants with little international travel history, especially for specific visa categories may encounter difficulties getting their visa approved.
  • Damaged Passport: Passports in bad condition, like tears, missing pages, or insufficient validity, can lead to rejection. Make sure your passport is valid and is in good shape.
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What to do if my Netherlands Visa Application is Refused?

Option 1: Consider Reapplying

If your first Netherlands visa application was not approved, you have the option to apply again immediately. There’s no waiting period following a rejection. However, it's important to address any problems that caused the initial denial before submitting a new application. Be aware that submitting a new application does not guarantee that you will receive the visa.

Option 2: File an objection with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

Who can object?

Objection can be raised by 

  • the actual applicant (the person intending to visit the Netherlands), or 
  • the legal representative - parent/ guardian/someone else who manages the applicant’s affairs, or
  • a lawyer,
  • an authorised person, i.e., an individual who has received power of attorney or authorization from the applicant. 

When to object?

You must file your appeal within 4 weeks after the decision has been announced. 

How to object?

Objection can made online or in writing.

For online objection, this objection form needs to be submitted (in Dutch language).

The written objection has to be sent to the IND at address below-

IND Visadienst Postbus 2 9560 AA Ter Apel

Or by fax: 088-04 32853

The application should contain information such as,

  • your name, date of birth, address, signature,
  • the date,
  • why you think the decision is incorrect,
  • a copy of the decision,
  • supporting documents, if any.

Other points to note

  • Objecting is free of charge. 
  • The authorities usually make a decision within 6 weeks. However, the time frame can be extended to a further 6 weeks.

Do Indians Need an Airport Transit Visa for the Netherlands?

A Netherlands airport transit visa, also known as an "A" visa, is intended for travellers who must use the international transit zones of Dutch airports without entering the Schengen Area. This visa is required for some non-EU or non-EEA nationals who are on their way to a different destination and need to switch planes in the Netherlands. If your connecting flight to the Netherlands is under the same booking reference (PNR), there is no need to leave the transit area.

Understanding whether you need an airport transit visa (ATV) for the Netherlands depends on two situations:

  1. Staying in the Airport's International Transit Zone: If you don't leave the international transit area while waiting for your connecting flight booked under the same PNR, you won't need an Airport Transit Visa.
  2. Transiting across the territory of the Netherlands: If you must exit the Netherlands, having an Airport Transit Visa allows you to stay within the international transit zone of the Netherlands airport while waiting for your next flight to a non-Schengen destination. This visa doesn't grant entry into the Schengen area for other purposes.

What to Do Upon Arrival at a Netherlands Airport?

  1. Prepare Your Travel Documents: Ensure you have all necessary documents like your passport, valid Netherlands visa, return flight ticket, and accommodation details ready for immigration check to enter smoothly.
  2. Advice for Unaccompanied Minors: Minors flying alone should stay close to the designated flight attendant and locate their designated adult upon arrival for a secure and smooth welcome.
  3. Know the Netherlands’ Entry Regulations: Learn about the customs regulations beforehand. If you need to declare items or have baggage checked, go to customs promptly to avoid delays.
  4. Stay updated on advisories: Stay informed about travel advisories for any potential changes in flight schedules, procedures, or regulations. This enables you to make informed decisions while travelling

Conclusion

With the information provided in this guide, obtaining a Netherlands visa can be a straightforward process. Just ensure you meet all specified requirements. The Netherlands' rich culture and picturesque landscape awaits your exploration.

Safe travels and enjoy your Dutch journey!

For a hassle-free Netherlands visa application experience, consider applying with Teleport. Our user-friendly platform simplifies the application process, making sure your submission meets all the necessary criteria.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any queries or need assistance. Our dedicated team is ready to provide guidance and support.

Call us at 073148 52914 or message us on WhatsApp.

Safe travels!

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