When the intention of traveling to the Netherlands comes up, we begin to wonder things like whether or not you need a visa to visit the Netherlands, what type of visa you would need, how much the Netherlands visa fee costs, and things like that.

Now whether you need a visa or not and what type of visa you need all depends on things like:

  • Your nationality
  • Your destination
  • The purpose of the application
  • The period of time you intend to spend there, etc.

It is paramount that you know the type of visa you are to apply for before you go ahead and apply. The reason is that the Netherlands Visa application requirements and necessary documentation may vary.

By now I am certain that most of us already know what a visa is and why you need it, but if you do not know, here is a summary of that.

A visa is an official document that allows you to enter any foreign country legally. There are different types of visas with each granting the bearer different rights into the host country. This visa is usually stamped and attached to your passport.

Do you know the type of visa to apply for when you intend to travel to the Netherlands and how much it would cost you? If your answer is no, then you are in the right place. Keep reading our blog to get more information on it.


When applying for a visa to travel to the Netherlands, some countries around the world would actually have to apply for a Schengen Visa in order to visit the nations that belong to the Schengen zone and the Netherlands happens to be a part of this zone.

Before moving further, here are some of the requirements to apply for a Netherlands visa

To apply for a Netherlands visa, you would need to collect a set of documents and take them to the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country. These documents need to be in either Dutch, English, French, or Spanish but if they are not, then they have to be translated.

For every document that is required to be provided, you must bring both the original and a copy.

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Some of the documents required for a Netherlands visa include:

  • A signed and completed application form.
  • Passport pictures were taken with a white background within the last six months.
  • Your passport or other travel documents are not older than 10 years. It needs to be valid for a minimum of three months starting from the time you leave the Schengen area.
  • A copy of your passport’s personal details page and copies of any previous personal details page.
  • Copies of any previous visa along with all entry and exit stamps.
  • Proof you would return to your country after the visit. This could come as an employment contract, a declaration from your employer, or a document that proves you own a property in your country.
  • A work permit, if required.
  • Proof of financial stability for the period of visit.
  • A letter stating the purpose of your visit.
  • Proof of accommodation, etc.

Having known the requirements for a Netherlands visa application I will move on to the types of visa that you can apply for.

  1. Airport transit visa

This is a permit designated for travelers who have to change their flight from Schengen airport to a destination outside the Schengen area, it does not allow you into the Netherlands or any Schengen country. This visa is also referred to as ‘A visa’. Your country is a determinant for this kind of visa.

2. Short stay visa

This type of visa permits the travel to visit and explore within the Netherlands and any Schengen country for a maximum of ninety(90) days. This category of visa includes:

  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Visitors visa
  • Cultural visa
  • Medical visa, etc.

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3. Long stay visa

For this type of visa, bearers are allowed to visit and stay in the Netherlands for more than ninety(90) days but you may be required to have a residence permit, it is all dependent on your nationality. This category of visa includes:

  • Students visa
  • Employment visa
  • Partnership visa
  • Work permit visa
  • Freelancer visa, etc.

4. Visa facilitation

This type of visa is issued to people who want to travel to the Netherlands with a family member who is an EU, EEA, or Swiss national, or someone who intends to join that family member there.


Below are the visa fees for different visa types

         VISA                                                                        FEES
Airport transit visa                                                              €80
National visa                                                                      €75
Short stay visa( for Adults)                                                €80
Children between ages 6-12                                               €40
Children below age 6                                                        Free
Family members of EU/EEA nationals                             Free
Students and teachers in school                                    Free

Minors traveling to stay with a parent                        €57

Staying with a family member or partner (adult)        €171

Employment                                                             €285 – First application

€171 – Long term EU resident

Self-employed €1348 – First application

€361 – change in the purpose of the stay

€361 – Long term EU resident

Medical treatment                                                      €1033

Long-term resident EU                                                €57 – Adult

€30 – Minor

For all education levels €171 – First application

€171 – Long term EU resident.

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