Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Kenya

If you live in Kenya and want to apply for a short-stay visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply. The Netherlands embassy also represents Estonia for Schengen visa.


From the 1st of December 2019 only the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications. See news item for more information.

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.

Applying for a visa in this country or region

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

You can make an appointment online to apply for your visa at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi. Please note that only family members can share a timeslot for 2 persons.
For example: a family consisting of 3 persons will need to book 2 time slots. A family of 5 persons will need to book 3 time slots.

You can also check the status of your visa application.

Visa collection / checking the status of the visa application

From Monday until Thursday between 12:30 - 13:30 hours you can go to the embassy to pick up or check the status of your visa application. At the moment of application you will get a collection sheet (copy of your passport with stamp of the embassy) which you need to bring with you.

Before your come, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

If you can't come yourself, you can authorise someone else to pick up or check the status of the visa. You can write an authorisation letter. The collection sheet is a requirement of picking up or checking the status so it needs to be given to the authorised person.

Representation Estonia

The Netherlands represents Estonia for Schengen visa: if you live in Kenya and want to apply for a short-stay visa for Estonia, you will need to submit your application at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi. The rules and procedures for applying for a visa for Estonia are the same as those for applying for a visa for the Netherlands.

Make an appointment to apply for your visa.

Check the status of your visa application.

Medical insurance and the EU approved insurance companies

Individual medical travel insurance which covers all costs that could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalization or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid for the duration of the stay in all the Schengen countries. Kindly find the updated list of approved medical travel insurance companies on the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya.