Netherlands Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes Yes No

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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Some countries like France and Austria have reintroduced border controls. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.


Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Australian, Canadian and US nationals can stay in the Netherlands without a visa for up to 90 days. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60/£53. Reductions are available for some nationals and for children.


Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.


Visitors from some countries not listed above do require a transit visa; check with the embassy.

Application to

Applications must be made in person at the relevant embassy/consulate. UK residents requiring visas should apply to the Netherlands Visa Application Centre (, which charges an additional fee of £23.68. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.

Schengen visas

The Netherlands is part of the Schengen area.

Working days

Allow up to 15 days for visa processing. Applications which require further enquiry may take up to two months however.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

EU nationals staying longer than three months must register with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service ( Non-EU nationals must apply for a residence permit if staying beyond three months.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal requires a pet passport, microchip and rabies vaccination certificate.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Netherlands Embassy in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7590 3200. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; consular section: Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1530 (by appointment only). Closed first and third Wednesday of every month.
Royal Netherlands Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 244 53 00. Website: Opening times: Embassy: Mon-Fri 0830-1630; consular and visa section: Tue-Fri 0850-1230 (by appointment only).
British Embassy in the Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)70 427 0427 Website: Opening times: Currently not open to the public.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.