Index


  • Obtaining a visa for the Netherlands
  • Are the Dutch embassies and consulates open?
  • I am unable to collect my MVV visa within 90 days of the original approval date.
  • My MVV visa has expired, but I did not travel to the Netherlands yet
  • Will the visa fee be refunded if I do not use my visa?

Obtaining a visa for the Netherlands

Obtaining a visa for the Netherlands

Only people from the EU and a number of non-EU countries can travel freely to the Netherlands. If you come from another non-EU country you can only enter the Netherlands if you have a valid residence permit, an entry visa MVV, or an approval letter, or if you are a person with an essential function or need.

However, please note that MVV visa collection at the embassy or consulate might be restricted for the moment, as they currently provide limited services due to COVID-19.

Are the Dutch embassies and consulates open?

You can check on the web page of the embassy or consulate whether it is possible to visit the Dutch embassies and consulates for visa collection.

I am unable to collect my MVV visa within 90 days of the original approval date.

If you can prove that you were not able to collect your MVV visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate within the term of 90 days, this period can be extended up to 9 months.

My MVV visa has expired, but I did not travel to the Netherlands yet

If you can prove that you were unable to travel due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Dutch embassy or consulate is authorised to re-issue the MVV within 90 days of expiration. You can schedule an appointment for this free of charge if the embassy or consulate has re-opened.

Will the visa fee be refunded if I do not use my visa?

Unfortunately not. A new application must be submitted.

Settle Service is pleased to advise you about the possibilities of obtaining a visa for the Netherlands in your particular situation during the coronavirus outbreak. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if any questions.

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