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Netherlands Tourist Visa 2024: All you should know before you apply

A short-stay Schengen visa can possibly take you to 26 EU countries with a single document.

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The Netherlands holds a great amount of tradition, culture, and unrivaled charm. Right from winding canals to fields of blooming colour, Netherlands isn’t all smoke as stereotyped. Most travelers only plan enough time to visit Amsterdam. Don’t be naïve, visit the lowlands.

The Netherlands Tourist Visa allows you to travel freely within the Netherlands and other Schengen countries within a 180-day period.

What is the Netherlands Tourist Visa?

The Netherlands Tourist Visa is also known as a short-stay Schengen Visa. It allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Countries Within the Schengen Area



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Types of Travel Visas to the Netherlands

Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay.

What is the Eligibility for the Netherlands Visitor Visa?

You will be required to fulfil the following to apply for the Netherlands Tourist Visa.

  • Completed application form
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • A valid passport with validity extending the duration of your stay in the country by 3 months at least
  • Proof of flight bookings, hotel bookings, and detailed plans of your activities during the stay
  • Copy of the return ticket flight reservation confirmation
  • Covering letter stating the purpose of your visit and detailed itinerary
  • Proof of adequate funds to support travel and stay in the country
  • Proof of accommodation for the stay in the Netherlands
  • Recent bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Proof of having valid insurance
  • Invitation letter from a sponsor or any family member if applicable

Ensure that you meet the visa requirements and travel documents before applying for the Netherlands Tourist Visa.

Make sure to pay the required fees for the visa application.

What Documents are Required for the Netherlands Visa?

You should provide certain documents along with your visa application. You can also contact the nearest Netherlands embassy or consulate to know the exact requirements.

The following documents are invariably required for your Dutch Visa.

  • Your valid passport.
  • Two passport-size colour photos.
  • Proof of planned travel including reservations with a travel agent.
  • Proof of travel health insurance covering the value of at least 30,000 Euros in the Schengen area.
  • Documents providing your reason for return to your home country.
  • Documents demonstrating the purpose of your trip.
  • Proof of financial independence or support during your stay in the Netherlands.

How to Apply for the Netherlands Tourist Visa?

The steps which have to be followed while applying for a Schengen Visa are:

  • Step 1: Find out the Schengen Visa type you need as per your purpose of visit.
  • Step 2: Check the right place for you to apply for the visa application.
  • Step 3: As per your requirement to visit the country, find a suitable day and time to apply and start the visa process.
  • Step 4: Book your appointment with the Consulate or the Embassy.
  • Step 5: Complete the Schengen Visa application form with the right information.
  • Step 6: Gather all required documents which are needed to support your visa application.
  • Step 7: Attend the visa interview as scheduled with the Embassy or the consulate.
  • Step 8: Now, pay off your visa fee to begin the application process.
  • Step 9: Wait for receiving the confirmation from the consulate or the embassy on your visa approval.

Schengen Visa for Indian Tourists from 2014-2018

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What is the Cost of a Tourist Visa to the Netherlands?

The application fee requirements vary from one visa type to another. Find below the table illustrating the visa fee requirements. However, it should be noted that the fee requirements change from time to time. 

Schengen Visa Fee Charges

Type of Visa


Schengen Visa Single Entry (90 Days)

60 Euros

Schengen Visa Multiple Entry (90 Days)

60 Euros

Schengen Visa Children 6-12 Years (90 Days)

35 Euros

Schengen Visa Children 0-6 Years (90 Days)

No Charge

Transit Visa (Ages 12 Years & Above)

60 Euros

Transit Visa Children (6-12 Years)

35 Euros

Transit Visa Children (0-6 Years)

No Charge

Return Visa

148 Euros

What is the Processing Time for the Netherlands Tourist Visa?

Normally it takes around 10 – 15 days to receive the Netherlands Tourist Visa after application form submission. It could at times also come earlier or be delayed.

Take these factors into account.

  • You may have to personally visit the visa centre if you are applying for the first time.
  • Visa application centres are only available in major cities.
  • The processing of the Schengen Visa application form is a bit complicated when compared to visas to France, Spain, and other EU countries.

Make sure that all the documents are in place before applying. Plan your travel.

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