Dutch embassies and consulates
The Netherlands has around 100 embassies and 75 consulates all over the world - meaning it has missions in most major states - and even acts for some other Schengen countries, like Luxembourg, when they do not have an embassy or consulate in a country.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to The Netherlands from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries (these include Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S.), you will need a short-stay Dutch Schengen Visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you are planning on staying longer. You will need to apply via the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
What services do The Netherlands’ embassies and consulates provide?
In addition to informing people and carrying out diplomatic instructions, officials at The Netherlands’ embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing visas.
Dutch embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below you will find a list of the cities where the Dutch embassy or consulate is located in major nations - if your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Dutch embassy or consulate on the foreign ministry website. In most countries, these will be located in administrative or major population centers.
Dutch foreign ministry website : government.nl/topics/embassies-consulates-and-other-representations
Dutch embassies and consulates in the U.S.
The embassy of The Netherlands is based in Washington D.C., with consulates located in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, San Juan, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Orlando, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Kansas City (Missouri), Houston, Honolulu, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, New York, and Miami.
Dutch embassies and consulates in the U.K.
The Netherlands has an embassy in London and consulates in Plymouth, Leeds, Harwich, Dover, Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Bermuda, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, and Aberdeen.
Dutch embassies and consulates in China
The Dutch embassy is based in Beijing and it has consulates in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.
Dutch embassies and consulates in India
The Dutch embassy is based in New Delhi. It has consulates in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Dutch embassy and consulate in Indonesia
The Netherlands has an embassy in Jakarta and consulates in Medan, Surabaya, and Bali.
Dutch embassies and consulates in Brazil
The Netherlands’ embassy is based in Brasilia. It has consulates in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria, Santos, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Vila Velha, Manaus, Fortaleza, Curitiba, and Belem.
Dutch embassies and consulates in Mexico
The Netherlands’ Mexican embassy is based in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for a Dutch Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
No. In many countries, the firm VFS Global runs visa application centers on behalf of the Dutch embassy and consulates. The Netherlands may also handle applications from other countries, such as Luxembourg, via VFS.
Employees at VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
How long will it take the Dutch embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
The processing time for a Dutch Schengen visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to The Netherlands, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than The Netherlands, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Dutch embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
If the Dutch embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?
Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.
Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Dutch Schengen Visa?
You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data - an essential part of your application unless you have a valid reason not to or have already provided it.
I want to travel to The Netherlands. Can I also visit other Schengen Area countries?
If you are planning to travel to The Netherlands for the majority of your trip to the Schengen Area, you should apply to the Dutch embassy.