Applying for an entry visa for the Netherlands in Bosnia and Herzegovina

If you are in Bosnia and Herzegovina and you wish to apply for an entry visa to return to the Netherlands, read this information.

Attention: Please note: If you live outside the Netherlands and need a visa for a short visit to the Netherlands, apply for a Schengen visa instead.

Step 1: Check whether you need a visa

In some cases, you may not need a visa for travel to the Netherlands. Select the situation that applies to you.

My residence permit has expired. Check whether you need a visa

My residence permit has been lost or stolen. Check whether you need a visa

Step 2: Gather the documents that you need

The checklist tells you which documents you need for your entry visa application.

Read the entry visa checklist

Step 3: Send an email to the embassy

When you have gathered all the documents, send an email to the embassy in Sarajevo to apply for an entry visa.

The embassy will check with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) whether you are entitled to a residence permit for the Netherlands. If so, the embassy will contact you to make an appointment and start your application for an entry visa.

Step 4: Go to your appointment

Go to your appointment at the embassy, and bring all the documents from step 2 with you, including your checklist.

See the address of the embassy in Sarajevo

Step 5: Collect your passport or have it sent to you

You will receive an email once your application has been processed. The email won’t say whether your application was successful. You can collect your passport or have it sent to you. If your application was approved, the visa will be affixed to a page in your passport.

Step 6: Prepare for your return trip

Return to the Netherlands within 7 days of the date shown on your visa.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.