Q&A's Short-stay Schengen visa

Can I still apply for a visa?

No, at the moment it is not possible to lodge a visa application.

When can I apply again for a visa?

At the moment we do not have a specific date, this depends on the developments regarding COVID-19. Our appointmentsystems are closed until April 28th but this period can be extended. Please check this websites for actual information.

Can I already make an appointment for after April 28th?

No, unfortunately, this is not possible as our appointment system is closed. Please check this website in order for updates.

Are there exceptions, those who can apply for a visa?

The following categories of persons can lodge a visa application:

Persons with an essential function or need, including:

  • Personnel working in Health Care;
  • Border workers;
  • Persons employed in the transportation of goods, where necessary;
  • Diplomats;
  • Military personnel;
  • Personnel of international and humanitarian organizations;
  • Persons who have compelling reasons to visit their families;
  • Transit passengers who wish to travel via the Netherlands to another third country;
  • Persons in need of international protection; the border procedure applies in full;
  • Persons who are admitted for humanitarian reasons.

I may fall under the category of exceptions; I have compelling reasons to visit my family members in the Netherlands

As far as the category of persons travelling for necessary family circumstances, this concerns travel in exceptional cases. An exceptional case is visiting a terminally ill family member or attending a funeral. It is intended for 1st degree and 2nd degree family members. This includes the partner and children being 1st degree and grandchildren being 2nd degree.

I am in the Netherlands, unable to leave the country and my visa is almost expiring or is expired. What should I do?

If you are staying in the Netherlands on a short-stay visa and cannot leave the country, you can apply at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) for an extension by telephone. Extending a visa is not possible at an IND desk. It is not necessary to have a sticker placed in your passport. The extension is only valid in the Netherlands and will be registered in the European Visa Information System (VIS).

Does this apply to you? Please call the IND information line on 088 04 30430. Keep your visa number and passport at hand.

I am entitled to a short-stay visa after an appeal, do I have to travel within 90 days?

Due to the EU travelban, this situation is not covered as a category of exceptions, which means that you will not be able to enter the Netherlands.

As soon as it is possible to travel to the Netherlands again, you can contact the IND with regard to your visa application.

I am in the Netherlands without a visa (visa free), but my free term has expired or will expire soon. What do I do?

You cannot apply for an extension of a free period, the period of 90 days within 180 days that you may be in the Netherlands (and the Schengen area). Is your free period expiring and are you unable to leave? You do not have to report this to the IND. The Dutch government understands that it may be more difficult to return during this period. That is why the government checks less strictly on persons who stay longer than allowed. However, the government does expect you to try to return when your right of residence expires.

Is a visa fee refundable?

Visa fees for visas that have not been used by COVID-19 cannot be refunded. A new application must be submitted.

I have not travelled to the Netherlands yet. Can the period of my already issued visa be extended?

The duration of issued visas of travelers who have not yet been able to travel to the Netherlands due to cancelled flights cannot be extended. A new visa application must be submitted.

My visa is being processed but my destination and/or flight has been cancelled (e.g. by a travel ban). What happens to my visa request?

Visa applications that are currently being processed and visa application for which the flight has been cancelled, will be refused mentioning that this is done as a result of COVID-19.

Applications for events/meetings that have been cancelled as a result of COVID 19 related measures will be refused with the reason 'travel destination cancelled'.

I may fall under the category of exceptions; I have compelling reasons to visit my family members in the Netherlands?

As far as the category of persons travelling for necessary family circumstances, this concerns travel in exceptional cases. An exceptional case is visiting a terminally ill family member or attending a funeral. It is intended for 1st degree and 2nd degree family members. This includes the partner and children being 1st degree and grandchildren being 2nd degree.