Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Australia

If you live in Australia you can apply for a short-stay visa for the Netherlands at the newly-opened offices of the external service provider VFS Global in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

You can also apply for a short-stay visa at the consulate-general in Sydney.

What do I need to do?

  • You must submit a passport or other travel document issued within the last 10 years. This must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least another 3 months after the date you intend to leave the Schengen area.
  • You must submit a completed and signed visa application form. Each person travelling with you on your travel document must submit their own visa form. Forms for children under the age of 18 need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • If you are under 18 and are travelling without one or both of your parents or guardians, ask them to sign a consent form. Border guards may ask to see this form when you arrive in the Netherlands.
  • The photo you submit with your application must meet Dutch requirements for passport photos.
  • When you submit your application your fingerprints will be taken. These will remain valid for 5 years. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.
  • You will be charged a fee for your application. If you apply through an external service provider you will also have to pay an extra fee to the provider.

How much does a visa cost?

When you apply for a visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate, you must pay a fee. You can find the fee on the fees page. If you apply through an external service provider, such as a visa agency, you will have to pay an extra fee to the provider.

How long does it take?

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you intend to travel. You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance.

In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. Sometimes it can take up to 30 days if more time is needed, and up to 60 days in exceptional cases, for example if extra documents are required.

How will my application be assessed?

Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.

Your application will also be checked in the Schengen Information System (SIS II). In addition, your application details will be checked and saved in the Visa Information System (VIS).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses information-supported decision-making to make better, quicker decisions on visa applications. For more information on how your data will be processed, see the privacy statement.

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Checklists for Schengen visa in Australia

You must provide a number of documents to ensure that your application is assessed correctly.
Please complete the appropriate checklist:

Applications via VFS Global

From December 2019, short-stay Schengen visa applications can be submitted at the Netherlands' visa application centres (VACs) of VFS Global. VFS Global is an external service provider. All applications will be assessed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. 

You can submit your application at the VAC in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. Schedule your appointment at the Sydney, Melbourne or Perth VAC of VFS Global.

Applications via the consulate-general in Sydney

Visa applications can also be submitted at the consulate-general in Sydney (CG Sydney).

Make an online appointment to apply for your visa in Sydney.

Please bring a complete application. Also be aware that you can only apply at our consulate-general if your main purpose of travel is the Netherlands. The consulate-general doesn't take in applications that do not meet that requirement.

Please note that only family members can book one appointment for two people. For example:
• A family of three persons? Book two appointments.
• A family of five persons? Book three appointments.

Are you travelling together but you aren’t family? You will need to book a separate appointment for each person.

Check the status of your visa application.

Check our contact page for contact details and opening times.

Have your document returned by post from CG Sydney

You can also have your passport with the visa sent to you by registered post.

You should provide an A4-size pre-paid, self-addressed envelope (SAE) when you submit your application. The envelope must be suitable for registered post and signature on delivery. It should hold no more than 4 passports. If you need to submit more, please provide additional envelopes. Other types of envelope will not be accepted. Your document is sent to you at your own risk. You will have to pay the postage charge yourself.

If you want to have your passport sent via express post, we advise you to purchase an express post envelope at Australia post. Please make sure that it has a 'signature on delivery' sticker.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We advise you to read the FAQ on the website of the European Commission.