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Do you need a VISA

Visiting Europe with or without a visa?

Do you want to stay in Europe for a short period? In some cases you need a Visa to enter a country or to make your transit at the Airport. If you want to stay for a period up to 90 days, you may require a visa, depending on your nationality.

Visiting Europe without a visa

Nationals from the European Union, European Economic Area or Zwitserland don’t need to apply for a visa, but they must:

  • have a valid passport;
  • pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations.

The nationals of some third countries do not require a visa to stay in the Netherlands, but they must:

  • have a valid passport;
  • have enough money (€34 for each day of their stay);
  • be able to demonstrate the purpose of their stay to border officials;
  • pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations.

Examples of nationals of third countries that don’t require a visa: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and United States.

Click on the link below to see the full list of nationals that don’t require a visa.

How to apply for a short stay visa

You need to fill in the application form and submit it to the German mission (embassy or consulate) in the country where you live.

If you intend to travel in more than one country in the Schengen area, you must apply for a Schengen visa at the mission of the Schengen country where you intend to stay longest. If you intend to stay in each Schengen country for the same length of time, you must apply for a Schengen visa at the mission of the first Schengen country you intend to visit.

As a Schengen visa applicant, you must not:

  • pose a threat to public order, national security or international relations;
  • have previously been barred from entering the Schengen area;
  • be likely to settle illegally in the Schengen area.

Countries in the Schengen Area

This visa is also know as ‘Schengen visa’ and allows you to travel to the 25 countries within the Schengen Area. The following countries are part of the Schengen Area:

Countries in the Schengen Area
 Belgium  Malta
 Denmark  The Netherlands
 Germany  Norway
 Estonia  Austria
 Finland  Poland
 France  Portugal
 Greece  Slovenia
 Hungary  Slowakia
 Italy  Spain
 Lithuania  Czech republic
 Liechtenstein  Iceland
 Lithuania  Sweden
 Luxembourg Switzerland

United Kingdom and Ireland are EU non-Schengen states!

 

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