The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland plays a role in building and maintaining strong ties between the Dutch and the Brits. We speak with our 'North Sea Neighbours' on a political level, we help Dutch and British companies trade with each other, we build bridges between cultural and educational institutions in both countries and we stimulate collaborations in the fields of justice, policing and the armed forces. The Embassy also provides consular services to Dutch nationals living, working, travelling and/or being incarcerated in the United Kingdom, as well as to foreign nationals applying for visas to visit the Netherlands.
Passport or ID card application possible via VFS Global in London
It is now also possible to apply for a Dutch passport or ID card at the VFS Global office in London. This office is also open on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Please note that VFS Global does charge service fees, on top of the price for a passport or ID card. It is also still possible to renew passports and ID cards at the Embassy. For more information click on this message.
Brexit and Citizens' Rights
On 29 March 2017, the British government officially informed the EU, in accordance with art. 50 of the Treaty on European Union, that the UK intends to leave the European Union. A Draft Withdrawal Agreement was achieved between the UK and the 27 other EU countries in November 2018. Thusfar this agreement has not been approved by the British House of Commons. Click here to see the European Commission's helpful Brexit Q&A regarding citizens' rights. The exact consequences of Brexit will depend on the agreements made about the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Brits and Dutch discuss predictive policing
© Dutch Embassy in the UK
Police are trawling through large amounts of data and searching for patterns to assess possible crime risks. But what are the risks of 'Predictive Policing' itself? That, and more, was discussed by a panel of Dutch and British academics, a police officer and the director of data mining and analytics firm at a public diplomacy event at The Royal Society on 4 December, organised by the Dutch Embassy in the UK and the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London.
Art on Dutch Embassy London calls attention to Women’s Rights
© Lightweeds by Simon Heijdens
A temporary artwork on the face of the Dutch Embassy’s six-story building in Kensington, London, will for one day draw attention to the UN’s campaign to stop violence against women and girls. On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, the artwork Lightweeds, by Dutch artist Simon Heijdens, will be altered to propagate the "Orange The World" message.
Van Gogh exhibition in Tate Britain
A Van Gogh exhibition about the famous Dutch painter’s time in London is being prepared by Tate Britain. The exhibition opens on the 27th of March 2019. In November 2018, the press launch of the exhibition was hosted at the Dutch Embassy in London. It’s a little known fact that the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh lived in England for some years. Van Gogh was hugely inspired by the art he saw in London. The exhibition will dive into Van Gogh's years in England before he established himself as a lover and practisioner of art.