Obtaining a visa for the Netherlands

During this uncertain period, we understand that you would like to know if you can still obtain a visa for the Netherlands during the corona virus outbreak. We are happy to address and further clarify the issue here.

Can I still obtain a visa for the Netherlands?

If you are not a person with an essential function or need, you are not able to obtain or travel to the Netherlands with a short-stay visa. If you meet the conditions, you are able to apply for a long-term MVV visa, but after IND approval you can currently not collect this visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate.

Are the Dutch embassies and consulates open?

No, all Dutch embassies and consulates remain closed up to and including at least 28 April. Until then, it is not 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 180 days.

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 corona virus 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 when the embassies and consulates re-open.

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 corona virus outbreak. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if any questions.

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