Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Ireland

If you live in Ireland and want to apply for a short-stay visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply.

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.

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

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.

Applying for a visa in this country or region

How to apply for a Schengen or Caribbean visa in Ireland?

Make an appointment  via the online appointment system.

It is very busy with the visa appointments. The embassy is opening extra time slots daily but only has a limited capacity. We advice you to check the appointment system regularly. Appointments have to be made via the online appointment system.

Points of attention:

  • Important: appointment slots are not interchangeable. Did you for example make an appointment  for a passport, while in fact you want to apply for a visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your visa application on that day. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment via our online appointment system and you will have to come back another time.
  • Walk-ins aren't accepted.
  • Please make sure to bring a print of the online visa application form (to be filled out online), a photo that meets the Dutch requirements and all other required documents (depending on your purpose of travel).
  • Incomplete files, may result in a delay of the processing time of your visa application.

The embassy will contact you by phone once your application has been processed.

Any questions?

If, after reading the information on this page, you have a question you can send us an email via the contact form.

You can also check our contact page for other contact details.