Applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands in the Palestinian Territories

If you will be visiting the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days – for a holiday, to do business or to see family, for example – you can apply for a Schengen visa. Where you can apply, depends on where you live in the Palestinian Territories.

Warning: Dutch nationals in the Palestinian Territories can contact the Netherlands Representative Office on a limited basis. If you have an upcoming scheduled appointment with the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah, please continue to check your email regularly for updates about your appointment. Please read the frequently asked questions for more information.

I live in Gaza

If you live in Gaza, find out how to apply for a Schengen visa at the Swedish application centre of VFS Global.

I live in the West Bank or Jerusalem

If you live in the West Bank or Jerusalem, follow the steps below to apply for a Schengen visa at the Netherlands application centre of VFS Global in Ramallah.

Step 1: Check before applying

Before starting your application, check whether you need a visa for the Netherlands and, if so, where you can apply for it.

Step 2: Gather the documents you need

You need several documents to apply for a Schengen visa. Which ones you need depends on your purpose of travel.

Step 3: Make an appointment

Once you have all the documents you need for your Schengen visa application, make an appointment at VFS Global. You can apply for your visa up to 6 months ahead of your trip. Apply no later than 45 days before your trip.

Step 4: Go to your appointment

Go to your appointment at VFS Global, and bring all the documents on your checklist from step 2 with you, plus the checklist itself.

See the address of VFS Global in Ramallah

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 trip

With your Schengen visa you can travel to the Netherlands or another Schengen country. You must show the visa upon departure and arrival.

Border control may also ask you for other documents. Find out what other documents you need in the checklist for travelling to the Netherlands.

Check what you need for travel to the Netherlands


Do you have a question about making an appointment at VFS Global or about the status of your application?

Contact VFS Global in the Palestinian Territories

Do you have a question about something else?

Contact NetherlandsWorldwide