Netherlands Entry Requirements

Netherlands Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes 2 Yes
Other EU countries Yes, 1 no no
Switzerland Yes, 1 no no
Austria Yes, 1 no no
Germany Yes, 1 no no

ID cards/identity cards

[1] Nationals of the following countries listed in the table above can enter the country with a valid identity card/identity card: EU countries and Switzerland.

Passport information

Generally required, must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the visa if the traveler is not an EU citizen. Passports of EU and EFTA citizens must be valid during the stay. Attention: Operators of public transport such as planes or trains as well as airports and banks (cash withdrawal) only accept valid ID documents. Note: In the Netherlands, ID is compulsory for people over the age of 14. The identity document must contain a photograph.

Note on the passport

The Netherlands are signatories and users of EU legal acts (Schengen Agreement).

Note on the endorsement in the passport

Important: Persons requiring a visa must carry a passport or another recognized travel document and the Schengen visa with them during their stay in the Schengen area.

Visa information

A visa is generally required except for nationals of the following countries listed in the table above: (a) EU countries and Switzerland. (b) [2] Turkish nationals who have a valid residence permit for a Schengen country or Monaco and a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the stay (stay in the Netherlands must not exceed 90 days in a total period of 180 days). The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years.

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Inquiries to the Consular Section of the Embassy. Schengen visa: Airport transit visa: €80.00 Short stay visa, less than 90 days: €80.00 Children over six and under twelve years of age: €40.00 Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia: €35.00

Visa types and costs

Entry (short-term/long-term) and transit visas.


Short-term visa: up to 90 days. Transit visa: up to 5 days.


Travelers who otherwise require a visa and who fly on from a non-Schengen country to another non-Schengen country with the next connection, have valid onward travel documents and do not leave the transit area do not require a transit visa. In person at the competent consular representation, which is usually in the applicant’s country of residence.

Application required

Varies depending on nationality, reason and length of stay. The responsible consular representations provide further information. Schengen visa: (a) Travel document (e.g. passport) valid for at least 3 months beyond the visa expiry date and copies of the first four pages of the passport. The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years. (b) Where applicable, all original documents justifying the purpose (e.g. invitation of private persons or companies, medical certificate and appointment with the attending physician or in a hospital) and the conditions of the planned stay (e.g. hotel reservation).. (c) documents proving that the (invited) foreigner has sufficient funds to cover the costs of the stay and return journey as well as any costs for his medical care, if necessary in the form of an obligation to assume the costs. (d) Document proving that the alien is the holder, on an individual or collective basis, of valid international travel health insurance covering the cost of repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical treatment and/or hospital care. In principle, the applicant must take out insurance in the country of residence. If the host takes out insurance for the applicant, they must do so in their own country of residence. The insurance taken out must be valid for the entire territory of the Schengen countries and for the entire duration of the stay. The insurance must have a minimum coverage of €30,000. (e) Visa Fee. (f) 2 recent biometric passport photos (3.5 x 4.5 cm). (g) 1 completed application form (can be downloaded from the websites of the responsible diplomatic missions).

Schengen visas

Before entering the Schengen area, nationals of visa-required countries must apply for a Schengen visa for the country they enter first when transiting through the Schengen area. This is only issued by the competent consular representation of the country in which the person has their permanent residence. For this reason, visas are only issued in individual cases at the Dutch representations in Germany and Austria.

Temporary Residence

For more information, contact the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigratien- en Naturalisatiedienst.

Processing time

Short-term stay: max. 15 working days, in exceptional cases 30 to 60 working days. Long-term stay: Several months.

Proof of sufficient funds

Travelers requiring a visa must have sufficient funds.

Legally Required Registration

Foreigners who require a visa must generally report to the responsible department of the Aliens Police at their main place of residence within 72 hours of entering the Netherlands. This obligation to report does not apply if you are staying in a hotel or on a campsite; in this case, employees of the hotel or the campsite transmit the data to the immigration police.

Extension of stay

An application for an extension of a visa can only be submitted to the immigration authorities in the place of residence. The visa can only be extended up to a total stay of three months. An extension exceeding these three months is granted in very special exceptional cases. In this case, the visa is limited to the Netherlands only and the length of stay may not exceed six months. The extension of the visa is subject to a fee. EU citizens and Swiss who want to stay longer than three months in the Netherlands, must either have an income or have sufficient financial means in the case of unemployment or study and be able to show valid health insurance. In addition, they must register with their responsible residents’ registration office.

Entry with children

Germans: Identity card, children’s passport or your own passport. Austrians: identity card or own passport. Swiss: Identity card or own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Note: Minors under the age of 17 traveling alone should have written parental/guardian consent with them. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Entry with pets

No health certificate is required for parrots, parakeets and other bird species from all countries up to 5 animals per person. However, the birds must not be on the list of protected bird species. Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries and non-rabies-free third countries require an EU pet passport (pet pass) or a national pet passport, which can only be issued by authorized veterinarians, and must have an implanted microchip on their neck as an identifier. The pet passport must show that the animal has had a valid rabies vaccination and, if necessary, a valid booster vaccination against rabies. The import is limited to 5 animals. Pets under 4 months of age are exempt from the compulsory vaccination against rabies. The following additional regulation applies to dogs, cats and ferrets as well as to birds and small animals from non-rabies-free third countries: A health certificate is required for each animal. For entry into the EU area, a test for the presence of vaccinal antibodies must be carried out on pets 3 months before entry. Exception: The 3-month period does not apply to pets whose EU pet passport shows that the blood was taken before this animal left the territory of the Community and that the blood analysis showed sufficient antibodies to rabies.

Netherlands Entry Requirements