Netherlands Embassy in Dublin, Ireland


General Information on a Short Stay Visa


The Netherlands is a Member State of the Schengen Agreement which came into effect on March 26, 1995. The current members of the agreement ("Schengen States") are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. With a Schengen visa you can travel freely between these countries as long as the Schengen visa is valid.

Please note that under Directive 2004/38/EC, a family member of an EU/EEA national does not require a short stay visa to travel to the Netherlands if a) he/she holds a GNIB/Garda card stamp4EUfam and b) he/she is travelling together with the spouse or travelling to join the spouse.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. only. The Embassy is closed on weekends as well as on Dutch and Irish public holidays.

Where to Apply For a Short Stay Schengen Visa

If you want to visit only one Schengen state, you have to apply at the Embassy of that state. If you want to visit two or more Schengen states, please apply at the Embassy of the country which is your main destination, defined by the length of stay or other criteria from that Embassy. If you intend to visit two or more Schengen states but you have no main destination, you need to apply for your visa at the Embassy of the country, which you intend to visit first.

How to Apply for a Short Stay Schengen Visa with the the Netherlands Embassy in Dublin

All applications must be made in person. Postal applications cannot be accepted.

Be aware that you may still be refused entry at the Netherlands border if you do not meet all other admission requirements. A Visa is just ONE of the requirements for admission into the Netherlands

You have to be resident in Ireland. If you are not resident in Ireland, your application may be accepted and processed under certain circumstances determined by the Embassy. The processing time in that case will however be considerably longer.

Processing time

In general processing may take up to  20 working days depending on each individual case. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you lodge your application at least 4 weeks before the planned journey.
Please be advised applications in certain cases the processing may take longer. For more detailed information please contact the Embassy.

Visa Handling Fee

The visa handling fee in general is EUR60,00. It is due upon application and is not refundable.

If you are married to an EU citizen or one or both of your parents are EU citizens and you are travelling together, the visa is free of charge. Please provide the Embassy with your marriage- or birth certificate and your spouse's passport or your parent(s) passport(s) as well as your travel arrangements.

If you wish to have your passport returned to you by post you must supply the Embassy with a self-addressed registered envelope.

The Embassy can only accept payments in cash or by credit/debit card. If payment is made by cash please pay with the exact amount as the Embassy has very limited change.

Important Information

The Embassy can ask for additional documents as applications are dealt with on a case to case basis and this information leaflet cannot cover all eventualities. A visa cannot be issued unless all required documentation is provided.

Please note that the acceptance/processing of your application does not guarantee that your visa will be approved and issued. There is no legal right to a visa.

Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.

False statements or attempts to provide the Embassy with fraudulent documents result in the rejection of the visa application, i.e. the visa will not be issued. You may also be liable to prosecution under the law of the Schengen States!

Please check on the status of your visa application by phone or e-mail on or after the date given upon application, before buying your ticket and making any financial commitments. The Embassy is not liable for any expenses incurred by the applicants!

Please note that changes to your travel itinerary and/ or accommodation after submission of your application are not possible. In such an event a new application (incl. fee) has to be made.

It is advisable to bring copies of the submitted documentation in your hand-luggage as immigration authorities at the border might request to examine information regarding your stay in the Schengen territory.

Documents to be submitted


§ Application form,completed and signed on the spot by the applicant in person.

§ 2 recent biometric standard photographs

§ Passport or Travel Document
Valid for at least three months after the date of expiry of the visa applied for. The visa sticker takes up one whole page in your passport or travel document. Therefore, please ensure that your passport has at least one blank visa page!

Irish soft-back Travel Documents (only if recognized by the Schengen state) should be valid for at least nine months after the date of expiry of the visa applied for.

§ Irish re-entry visa
Valid for at least three months after the date of expiry of the visa applied for. Exceptions may apply.

§ Irish Certificate of Registration (GNIB card)
(also known as Garda/ Green Card) - valid for at least three months after the date of expiry of the visa applied for. Exceptions may apply.

§ Return Ticket:
Upon application: itinerary/reservation print out (flight/ferry/rail/bus)
When collecting your visa: confirmed and non-transferable return ticket (plane/ferry/rail/bus)
Please note that if you intend to travel by vehicle you also need to submit the following documents: proof of ownership of the vehicle/vehicle registration, proof of motor insurance for the vehicle and a full driving licenc

§ Proof of current occupation in Ireland
If you are employed:Your work permit and most recent pay slip and a recent letter of employment of your employer. If you do not require a work permit: a letter from your employer or copy of work contract and your last pay slip.
If you are self-employed: your company’s registration certificate and a recent business printout available from the Companies Registration Office as well as a letter from your accountant.
If you are a student: a recent letter from your university/college/school confirming your attendance/status, and, if applicable, proof of (part-time) employment.
If you are retired: your pension booklet.
please consult the Embassy.

§ Evidence that you have sufficient financial means
to support yourself during your journey (bank statements of the last three months stating your name and address, or credit card statement with mention of limit). Cash is not accepted as proof!

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§ Proof of Medical Insurance Cover
The Embassy only accepts an individual or group travel insurance covering the costs for emergency treatment by a doctor or in a hospital and repatriation to your country of residence

The insurance must be valid in all Schengen states for the duration of your stay and must have a minimum cover of €30,000 (including repatriation) per person. For multiple-entry visas the insurance must cover the period of the first intended visit.

Please provide the insurance certificate and policy as proof when collecting your visa

Please note that the European Health Insurance Card issued by the Irish authorities does not cover costs for repatriation and is therefore not accepted without additional travel insurance cover.

§ If you are visiting relatives or friends:
A declaration of support/ letter of guarantee (“garantverklaring”) signed by your host, obtainable from your host’s local immigration office (in the Netherlands: gemeente), a copy of the hosts passport (and if applicable: residence permit) and 3 recent payslips of your host.

§ If you are travelling as a tourist:
Upon application: confirmed hotel/hostel/B&B reservation(s) covering the whole duration of your stay in the Netherlands and, if applicable, in other Schengen countries.
When collecting your visa: Confirmation of full payment or credit card guarantee.

§ If you are travelling on business :
Letter from your employer in Ireland explaining in detail the nature and duration of your stay in the Netherlands and, if applicable, in other Schengen states, and whether it concerns single, double or multiple entry; proof of board, lodging and other travel expenses including health insurance, if covered by your employer. If the company in the Netherlands is a different company than your employer in Ireland, an official letter of invitation from your business partner is required. This letter must state and confirm the details given in the letter from your employer in Ireland and indicate cover of your travel expenses, if applicable. Your counterpart and/ or the organiser of your trip in the Netherlands must be named and contact details given.

Notice for Minors

Minors (under 18) can only apply for a visa themselves, if they are at least 16 years old. For younger applicants, at least one parent must be present when the visa application is made.

In all cases of minor applicants the following documents are required:

 - Birth certificate (also stating the names of parents)

 - Parent's passports and Irish "Certificates of Registration", if parents are Non-EU nationals

 - Written consent of legal guardian(s) for the journey intended (signatures must be certified). Proof of guardianship must be provided.

Contact Details

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Visa Section

160 Merrion Road
Phone: (+353 1) 269 3444
Fax: (+353 1) 283 9690

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