Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Vietnam

As of 2 June 2020 the following persons can apply for a Schengenvisa at at the Dutch embassy in Hanoi or at the consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Persons with special occupations, such as transport workers, diplomats and military personnel.
  4. Persons working in the transport of goods, insofar as necessary, including lorry drivers and seafarers.

To make an appointment, please send an email to:

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.

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

To optimise a timely appointment, the Netherlands embassy in Hanoi and the consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City use the services of the visa facilitation centre VFS Global (English and Vietnamese) to handle short stay Schengen visa applications.

How to make an appointment?

For a timely appointment, make an appointment with VFS Global.
In case you have questions, contact the VFS help line: 0084 24 39729446 (Hanoi) or 0084 28 39390895 (Ho Chi Minh City).

Please note that all provided documents need to be in English or Dutch. Documents in Vietnamese need to be translated into English by the notary public office.