Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Türkiye

If you live in Türkiye and want to apply for a short-stay visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply.

Attention: As of 17 September 2022, there are no longer any COVID-19 entry rules for travellers to the Netherlands. You can enter the Netherlands without proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result.

What do I need to do?

  • You must submit a passport or other travel document issued within the last 10 years. This must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least another 3 months after the date you intend to leave the Schengen area.
  • You must submit a completed and signed visa application form. Each person travelling with you on your travel document must submit their own visa form. Forms for children under the age of 18 need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • If you are under 18 and are travelling without one or both of your parents or guardians, ask them to sign a consent form. Border guards may ask to see this form when you arrive in the Netherlands.
  • In a country where visa applications are processed by an external service provider, your digital photo will be taken at the Visa Application Centre. Have you applied for a visa in the last 59 months? Then you yourself will have to submit a photo with your application. This photo must meet Dutch requirements for passport photos.
  • When you submit your application your fingerprints will be taken. These will remain valid for 59 months. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.

    Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months prior to your current application? Then you can choose to have someone else submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person. This also applies if you had your fingerprints taken within the last 59 months for a visa application submitted through another Schengen member state.

Attention: Please note that if, during the assessment of your application, it appears that your fingerprints are not in the system, you will have to come and submit them. Also, you can always be invited for an interview if your application gives reason to do so.

How much does a visa cost?

When you apply for a visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate, you must pay a fee. You can find the fee on the fees page. If you apply through an external service provider, such as a visa agency, you will have to pay an extra fee to the provider.

The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

  • children under 6 years;
  • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
  • researchers travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a scientific seminar or conference*;
  • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.

*as defined in point (2) of Article 3 of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 )

How long does it take?

The earliest you can apply is 6 months before you intend to travel. Seafarers can apply 9 months before intended travel date. You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance.

In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. However, it can sometimes take up to 45 days, for example if extra documents are required.

If you’ve applied for a visa for the Netherlands, you can track the status of your application online.

Longer waiting time for visa applications

You may experience longer waiting times to get an appointment. And it may take longer than 15 days to process your application.

This is because more applicants want to travel to the Netherlands after COVID travel restrictions have been eased worldwide.

We are working to expand the number of available appointments and to increase our capacity. We regularly offer new appointment slots, so please keep checking the appointment system.

Plan your trip well in advance. And make sure you have all the documents ready for your appointment.

How will my application be assessed?

Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.

Your application will also be checked in the Schengen Information System (SIS II). In addition, your application details will be checked and saved in the Visa Information System (VIS).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses information-supported decision-making to make better, quicker decisions on visa applications. For more information on how your data will be processed, see the privacy statement.

Do not use intermediary agencies

To submit your application, you have to make an appointment via an online appointment system. This system is accessible to everyone. There are intermediary agencies that take advantage of this by retaining appointments and selling them.

We recommend that you make an appointment yourself and that you do not use the service of these intermediaries.

Applying for a visa in this country or region

Applications via VFS Global

Attention: Appointments are currently very limited. Keep a close eye on the VFS website. As soon as possible, the agenda will be opened again for new appointments.

You can submit your application at VFS Global in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Gaziantep, Antalya, Bodrum, Bursa or Edirne. Check the required documents and book an appointment online via the website of VFS Global.

Attention: The embassy and consulate-general only work with VFS Global. We strongly advice not to use intermediaries or other agencies pretending to work for the embassy or consulate-general.

Applying as a non-Turkish citizen

Third-country citizens (all non-Turkish citizens who require a Schengen visa) will be interviewed in person at the embassy in Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul. The interview appointment date will be given by the Visa Application Centre at the time of application. Third-country citizens who have been granted a Schengen visa in the previous 3 years will not be required to go to the embassy or consulate-general for a personal interview.

Refused visa application

For privacy reasons there will be no correspondence regarding refused visa applications. In case you disagree with a refusal you can lodge an objection to the decision. Information regarding this procedure can be found on the actual decision.

Iraqi and Syrian travel documents

Please be informed that in case you apply for a visa for the Schengen-area with an Iraqi or Syrian travel document, your application may not always be processed by the Netherlands embassy or consulate-general. The application may be forwarded to the central authorities in the Netherlands for a decision. Please be aware, that in such a case the processing time may be a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of 2 months.

Visa exemption for Turkish nationals travelling to the Netherlands to provide services

Turkish nationals travelling to the Netherlands for a short period to provide services, do not require a visa. However, these so-called ‘service providers’ must be employed by a Turkish employer or must have a company registered in Türkiye.

This exemption is only applicable for service-providers and not for all Turkish nationals who travel for business purposes. At the Netherlands border, these travelers must be able to prove that they qualify for this visa-free category. The Netherlands embassy in Ankara or the consulate-general in Istanbul are able to provide further information and assist in this procedure. If you are a Turkish service provider, you may submit documents such as a labor contract or an extract from the Turkish Chamber of commerce. Subsequently, the embassy or the consulate-general can issue a ‘declaration of exemption for service providers’, free of charge.

This declaration does not give any guarantee on admission to the Netherlands. The Netherlands border authorities check whether all requirements for entrance into the Netherlands are met. They also may refuse admission into the Netherlands. However, the declaration may prevent unnecessary delay at the border. For the issuance of a declaration you must submit a copy of a Turkish passport. This passport must have a validity of at least 3 months at the time of departure from the Netherlands.

The exemption of the visa requirement is only applicable for the Netherlands and for a period of a maximum of 3 months within a given 6 months period. However, for a visit to another Schengen country a regular Schengen visa is required. Also for other travel purposes, such as tourism, a visit to family or friends, for business, you must submit an application for a regular Schengen visa.