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. Follow the steps below to apply in Trinidad and Tobago.
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.
If you are the holder of a passport from Trinidad and Tobago, you do not need a visa to visit the Netherlands.
If you have a different nationality and are unsure what the visa requirements are, check whether you need a visa to visit the Netherlands.
If you plan on applying for a Schengen visa for Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland or Sweden, check with the embassy of that country to find out what visa requirements apply to you.
Don’t need a visa?
If you don’t need a visa for the Netherlands, see what documents you do need to travel to the Netherlands.
To apply for a Schengen visa in Trinidad and Tobago go to the Netherlands embassy in Port of Spain. You can submit an application there if you live in one of the following places:
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
If you live somewhere else, go to the page Applying for a Schengen visa and select the country where you live to find out where to submit your application. If you still want to submit your application in Trinidad and Tobago, first check if that’s possible.
I want to visit more than one Schengen country
If you want to visit another Schengen country besides the Netherlands, check whether you should apply for a visa for the Netherlands or the other country.
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.
- A completed and signed Schengen visa application form.
Fill out the Schengen visa application form
- All the documents on your checklist. To find out which documents you need, select the checklist that corresponds to your purpose of travel. If you have more than one purpose of travel, select the checklist that corresponds to your primary purpose of travel.
Checklist - tourism
Checklist - business
Checklist - cultural or sports event
Checklist - official visit
Checklist - study
Checklist - visit to family or friends
Family member of an EU/EEA national or Swiss national?
If you are travelling with a family member who is a national of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, or you’re travelling to visit that family member, you may be eligible for free Schengen visa facilitation.
Step 3: Make an appointment
Once you have all the documents you need for your Schengen visa application, make an appointment at the embassy. You can apply for your visa up to 6 months ahead of your trip. Apply no later than 45 days before your trip.
- Making an appointment is free of charge. Do not make an appointment with an intermediary because they will charge you money.
- If you are applying for visas for multiple people, make a separate appointment for each person.
You must appear in person at your appointment to submit your application, even if you’re under 18.
You don’t need to appear in person to submit your application if:
- you have applied in person for a Schengen visa within the past 5 years (59 months), and:
- you submitted a photo with that application, and:
- your fingerprints were taken for that application (only applies if you are 12 or older).
If you meet all 3 conditions, you can have someone else submit your application for you. The appointment must be under the name of the person submitting your application.
If you are not certain whether the embassy has your fingerprints on record, you should submit your application in person. The embassy cannot check this for you.
After making an appointment at the embassy you will receive a confirmation by email. The email contains a link that you can use to change or cancel your appointment.
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.
At your appointment you:
- submit the documents that are on your checklist, together with your passport
- provide your fingerprints (only if you are 12 or older)
- answer questions about your trip
- pay the visa fees
- indicate whether you want to collect your passport (with visa affixed) or have it sent to you
- receive a tracking number to track the status of your application
Applicants from the Caribbean islands
If you live in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, you don't need to leave your passport at the embassy. You can return home with your passport after submitting your application.
After returning home, send your passport back to the embassy in Port of Spain with a prepaid self-addressed airway bill for return. The embassy will need your passport to process your visa application.
See the overview of consular fees in Trinidad and Tobago to find out how much a visa costs and what forms of payment are accepted. In some situations you are not required to pay.
You’ll usually find out within 15 calendar days whether your application was successful. Sometimes it can take longer and may take up to 45 calendar days.
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.
If you choose to have your passport sent to you, you’ll discuss at your appointment how to arrange this.
If you choose to collect your passport, you’ll discuss at your appointment when you can collect it.
Check whether the information on your visa is correct. Your name and the visa’s validity period, for example.
If any of the information is incorrect or you can’t use the visa, for example because the period of validity is later than the dates of the plane tickets in your application, contact the Netherlands embassy in Port of Spain.
If your application wasn’t approved, you’ll receive a letter stating why. If you disagree with this decision, you can lodge an objection with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.