Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Turkey
As of 8 June 2020 the following persons can apply for a Schengen visa at the Dutch embassy in Ankara or at the Dutch consulate-general in Istanbul:
- Family members of Dutch nationals (whether they live in the Netherlands or not) or family members of EU citizens residing in the Netherlands who wish to travel to the Netherlands.
- Persons who have a convincing and serious reason to visit their immediate family in the Netherlands, for example: attending childbirth, serious/terminal illness or death.
- Diplomats, military personnel and employees of international or humanitarian organisations travelling in function.
- Persons working in the transport of goods, insofar as necessary, including lorry drivers and seafarers.
Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global. Please check if you can make an appointment via the online appointment system. Are there no dates available? Then it is not yet possible to submit an application.
Coronavirus: extension of visa validity is not possible
It is not possible to extend a visa. Not even if, due to circumstances, the visa expired unused. You will have to apply for a new visa.
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 59 months. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.
Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months prior to your current application? Then you can choose to have someone else submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person.
Please note that if, during the assessment of your application, it appears that your fingerprints are not in the system, you will have to come and submit them. Also, you can always be invited for an interview if your application gives reason to do so.
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.
The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
- children under 6 years;
- school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
- researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a scientific seminar or conference*;
- representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
*as defined in point (2) of Article 3 of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 )
How long does it take?
The earliest you can apply is 6 months before you intend to travel. Seafarers can apply 9 months before intended travel date. 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. However, it can sometimes take up to 45 days, 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.
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
Applications via VFS Global
Visa applications can be submitted at the Dutch visa application centers (VAC) of VFS Global.
You can submit your application at the VAC in Ankara, Instanbul, Izmir, Gaziantep, Antalya, Bodrum, Bursa or Edirne. Check the required documents and book an appointment online via the website of VFS Global.
Please note: making appointments is free of charge! The embassy and consulate only work with VFS Global. We strongly advice not to use intermediaries or other agencies pretending to work for the Netherlands embassy or consulate.
When do you need an interpreter?
For applications at the embassy in Ankara:
If you do not speak Dutch, English or Turkish, you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he/she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.
For applications at the consulate-general in Istanbul:
If you do not speak Dutch, English, Turkish or Arabic, you must provide an official interpreter yourself. An official interpreter has a special pass that proves that he/she is an official interpreter. The interpreter may not be a family member.
Applying as a non-Turkish citizen
Third-country citizens (all non-Turkish citizens who require a Schengen visa) will be interviewed in person at the embassy (Ankara) or the consulat-general (Istanbul). The interview appointment date will be given by the Visa Application Centre at the time of application. Third-country citizens who have been granted a Schengen visa in the previous three years will not be required to go to the embassy or consulat-general for a personal interview.
Iraqi and Syrian travel documents
Please be informed that in case you apply for a visa for the Schengen-area with an Iraqi or Syrian travel document, your application may not always be processed by the Dutch embassy or consulate-general. The application may be forwarded to the central authorities in the Netherlands for a decision. Please be aware, that in such a case the processing time may be a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of two months.
Visa exemption for Turkish nationals travelling to the Netherlands to provide services
Turkish nationals travelling to the Netherlands for a short period to provide services, do not require a visa. However, these so-called ‘service providers’ must be employed by a Turkish employer or must have a company registered in Turkey.
This exemption is only applicable for service-providers and not for all Turkish nationals who travel for business purposes. At the Netherlands border, these travelers must be able to prove that they qualify for this visa-free category. The Netherlands embassy in Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul are able to provide further information and assist in this procedure. If you are a Turkish service provider, you may submit documents such as a labor contract or an extract from the Turkish Chamber of commerce. Subsequently, the embassy or the consulate-general can issue a ‘declaration of exemption for service providers’, free of charge.
This declaration does not give any guarantee on admission to the Netherlands. The Netherlands border authorities check whether all requirements for entrance into the Netherlands are met. They also may refuse admission into the Netherlands. However, the declaration may prevent unnecessary delay at the border. For the issuance of a declaration you must submit a copy of a Turkish passport. This passport must have a validity of at least 3 months at the time of departure from the Netherlands.
The exemption of the visa requirement is only applicable for the Netherlands and for a period of a maximum of 3 months within a given 6 months period. However, for a visit to another Schengen country a regular Schengen visa is required. Also for other travel purposes, such as tourism, a visit to family or friends, for business, you must submit an application for a regular Schengen visa.
Refused visa application
For privacy reasons there will be no correspondence regarding refused visa applications. In case you disagree with a refusal you can lodge an objection to the decision. Information regarding this procedure can be found on the actual decision.