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20th June 2022
From 4th July 2022, Visa application Centre of Chengdu will be relocated to following address: Room 1902B (can be reached by elevators of Tower A and B), Times Plaza, No.2 Zongfu Road, Jinjiang District. The Centre in Room 2012, Times Plaza, No.2 Zongfu Road, Jinjiang District will be closed from 28th June 2022.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
12th January, 2022
Please visit “Consular services portal” of Dutch MFA to fill out the visa application form online
Dear applicants, in accordance with the requirements of the Dutch MFA and the Dutch Mission in China, travelers need to be directed to the “Consular services portal” of Dutch MFA to fill out the visa application form online before submitting the visa application. The Chinese version of the visa application form is suspended to use.
For Fully Vaccinated Traveler
Attention please: Since July 1st, 2021 a new category of travelers is exempted from the travel ban: The Fully Vaccinated Traveler. Depending on the security level of the country, the corresponding visa and entry requirements vary. This exemption does not apply to China at this time. For more information please click here.
For Guangzhou Consular Area
Dear applicants of Guangzhou Consular Area, please check by yourself whether you are exempted from the EU entry ban via the website of https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/exemptions-to-the-entry-ban. If you apply to one of the exemptions, you could try to submit your visa application via visa center. Please do print out the webpage and highlight the category which you apply to.
Please note that granting a visa or not is at the sole discretion of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canton (Guangzhou). Dutch Visa Application Center holds no influence over the final decision of consular staff. Thank you for your understanding.
17th September, 2021
Attention: holding a Travel Medical Insurance (TMI) is a requirement to apply for a Schengen visa. The TMI has to cover any expenses that may arise in relation to repatriation for medical reasons and/or emergency treatment during the visa holder’s stay. Expenses made as a result of pandemic situations (including Covid-19) cannot be excluded from coverage. If your TMI excludes the coverage of pandemic situations, your application may be refused.
In order to facilitate the selection of compliant travel insurances, the self-service insurance platforms managed by a third-party service provider are available as an optional service for your conveniences.
20 December 2021
The entry rules for travelers to the Netherlands from non-EU/Schengen countries will change at 00.01 on Wednesday 22 December.
From 22 December 0:01 onwards, all travelers who travel (back) to the Netherlands from outside Schengen/EU are required to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result, including those who are fully vaccinated or recovered. This also applies to travelers from highrisk countries and countries that are on the EU Safe Country List. The other exemptions to the test requirement remain in force.
9th April, 2021
Verify your relevant COVID-19-related travel restrictions before departure!
As part of the measures to contain the spreading of COVID-19, individual Schengen States have introduced travel restrictions, including at certain borders between those states. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the EU, travel restrictions may be eased or reintroduced. All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure. Holders of a Schengen visa are not automatically entitled to enter the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place.
Verify your travel restrictions before departure to a Caribbean part of the Kingdom!
As part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the authorities of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom introduced travel restrictions. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation both within and outside the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, these restrictions may be eased or tightened. All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure. Holders of a Caribbean visa are not automatically entitled to enter the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. You can find the latest information on the travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related measures on the individual websites of the authorities:
Please visit the Netherlands Government.nl website for the latest information.
1）Business and short professional training
All applicants are required to submit the hotel reservations and flight bookings when submitting your visa application.
Schengen Member States have suspended visa representation for other Schengen member countries
5th November, 2020
Please be advised that effective immediately and until further notice, Schengen Member States have suspended visa representation for other Schengen member countries. This means that the Visa Application Centre of the Netherlands can now only accept visa applications for the Netherlands itself, and can no longer accept applications on behalf of other Schengen states. Please contact the local representation of the Schengen state you're trying to apply for to receive more information.
Changes in the rules for Schengen visa applications and increase of visa fees
Due to changes in the Schengen regulations, new rules apply to the visa application process. At the same time visa fees increase. The most important changes are:
- Extended application period : You can apply for your Schengen visa 6 months before your planned travel date (this was 3 months). Seafarers can apply 9 months in advance.
- Increase of visa fees : The Schengen and Caribbean visa fees have been increased. Please click here to check visa fees.
- Multiple-entry Schengen visa for regular travellers: Do you regularly travel to the Netherlands / Schengen area? Then you may qualify for a multiple-entry visa with a longer period of validity. You must meet a number of conditions:
Decisions on the issuing of visa will be made on an individual basis. No rights can be derived from the above.
Biometrics / applying in person for Schengen visa applications
Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months before your current application? Then someone else can submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person.
Please note: it is not possible to verify if your biometric data are in the system at the time of application. It is therefore possible that you will be invited to come to submit them at a later moment. You may also be invited to come for an interview on an individual basis.
Study and Scientific Research applications are no longer accepted
Please be advised that applications for visa type: Study, Scientific Research are no longer accepted. Those travelling to the Netherlands for study purposes and with a purpose of conducting scientific research can apply for Business visa.
Additional questions regarding those visa types can be directed at the Embassy or the Consulate of the Netherlands.
Implementation of document scanning
The digital and paper documents will be sent to the Dutch consular authority with your passport, and visa decision officers will consider your application in the usual way.
In order to avoid delays in the Visa Application Centre, we recommend to applicants to note the following: