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Welcome to the website of the Visa Application Centres for the Netherlands in Pakistan. This site provides information on procedures applicable to all nationalities who need a Schengen visa to travel to the Netherlands, Finland or the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. An appointment is required to submit your application at one of the 3 Visa Application Centers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Step 2 Before you decide to apply for a visa please make sure you familiarize yourself with the information on the visa subclass you are applying for. Quick links to information on visa categories and Long Term Visa Types helpful information including Visa Fee, VFS Service Charge and Processing Time can be found on the Visa Wizard page on this website.

Step 3 Applicants should fill the Download Forms corresponding to the visa subclass under which they wish to lodge their application. Applicants can get the Download Forms by visiting the nearest Netherlands Visa Application Centre or by downloading the forms from Applications and Forms.

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  • 5 euro Covid-19 fee
    From 14 December 2020 (subject to prolongation), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given VFS permission to charge an additional ‘Covid-19 fee’ of 5 euros (or the equivalent in local currency) per application. This non-refundable allowance will be levied online or at the VAC – whichever scenario is applicable in your specific country
  • URGENT – New rules for short-stay Schengen visa and airport transit visa effective 01 January 2021

    As the United Kingdom will be considered a ‘third country’ from 01 January 2021 onwards, certain rights arising from a UK residence permit or as a result of having / being a UK family member will no longer apply.

    Short-stay Schengen visa

    If you arrive back in the Netherlands on 01 January 2021 or after, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa. This is the case if:

    • you reside in the United Kingdom and you are a non-EU-country national as well as a family member of a British national;
    • you reside in the United Kingdom and you are a non-EU-country national as well as a family member of an EU national residing in the United Kingdom.

    Non-EU-country family members of Dutch nationals who have already exchanged their old residence permit for a residence permit under the EU settlement scheme remain entitled to a so-called facilitation visa.

    Airport transit visa

    If you arrive for airport transit in the Netherlands on 01 January 2021 or after, you will need an airport transit visa – even if you have a visa or a residence permit for the United Kingdom.

  • 22 October 2020:- European Union, Schengen country and United Kingdom nationals and residents plus members of their families, as well as residents of third countries on the list established by the EU can presently travel to the Netherlands. Please note this list is subject to change, according to developments regarding Covid-19.

    For countries still under the EU travel ban, there is a limited number of exemptions (where it ís possible to travel to the Netherlands).

    Visit the relevant page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to view the lists of countries, to learn more about the exemptions and to see if you can apply for a visa.

    Please note: your application will only enter the decision phase if it fulfills all Schengen visa requirements and explicitly and clearly meets the criteria for an exemption.

  • Temporary visa category partner in long-distance relationship

    A new temporary short-stay visa category ‘partner in long-distance relationship’ has been created by the Netherlands.

  • Additional Covid-19 fee and mandatory passport return by courier

    2 euro Covid-19 fee

    For the time being, until 31 December 2020 (subject to prolongation), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given VFS permission to charge an additional ‘Covid-19 fee’ of 2 euros (or the equivalent in local currency) per application. This non-refundable allowance will be levied online or at the VAC – whichever scenario is applicable in your specific country.

    Passport return by courier

    Until further notice, the use of a courier service for returning your passport(s) is mandatory. This measure has been taken to reduce the number of people in a particular Visa Application Centre.

  • Attention: holding a Travel Medical Insurance is a requirement to apply for a Schengen visa. The TMI has to cover any expenses that may arise in relation to repatriation for medical reasons and/or emergency treatment during the visa holder’s stay. Expenses made as a result of pandemic situations (including covid-19) cannot be excluded from coverage. Inclusion of pandemic situations should be explicitly mentioned in your TMI. If your TMI does exclude the coverage of pandemic situations, your application may be refused.
  • Until further notice, Schengen Member States have suspended visa representation for other Schengen member countries. This means that the Netherlands VAC, until further notice, only accepts visa applications for the Netherlands itself.Please contact the local representation of the Schengen state you are trying to apply for to receive more information.
  • The Visa Applications in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore will partially reopen on Monday 10th August. The Visa Application centers will only be accepting LDR-visa applications.checklist for Long Distance Relationship Category can be found here

    Additional information can be found at Visit the relevant page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to view the list of countries, to learn more about the exemptions and to see if you can apply for a visa.

  • The Dutch MFA has just issued the below for visa applications globally. They are shutting down visa acceptance except for emergencies and national interests cases as advised below.
    Herewith the guidelines from The Hague for the period March 18 – April 6 regarding the issuance of Schengen visa:
    The granting of visas shall be limited to the following categories:

    • Humanitarian / serious personal reasons:
      • Family visits in case of serious illness likely to result in death or death (supporting documents must be provided). In the case of an application in relation to death, consultation with the Visa Service will take place in advance);
      • Partners for assisting spouse in childbirth;
      • Necessary medical treatment that cannot be provided elsewhere (under the usual conditions).

    Guidance: these are generally unforeseen situations in which postponement of the issue of a visa does not offer a solution and for which applicant only needs to travel to the Netherlands.

    • National interests:
      • Urgent and important business interests: discussions (possibly in relation to Covid-19) of e.g. Shell, KLM or other NL companies.
      • Participation in (political) negotiations at a high level, at the invitation of NL.
      • Individual politically sensitive applications, at the request of DCV.
      • Applications submitted by International Tribunals (seat obligations) on behalf of suspects, witnesses, victims;

     

    The Netherlands Visa Application Centers closed

    As a result of the corona crisis the Netherlands has closed its Visa Application Centers until further notice. All visa application appointments from 18 March 2020 onwards are cancelled.

  • It is not possible to extend a visa. Not even if, due to circumstances, the visa expired unused. You will have to apply for a new visa.

  • As a precautionary measure and in order to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus/ Covid-19, all applicants visiting the Visa Application Center are required to have their body temperature checked at the entrance. Those who have a fever will be asked to leave and return another day when their health improves.

  • IMPORTANT - Changes in the rules for Schengen visa applications and increase of visa fees Read more
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News And updates

The visa application centre in Islamabad will be closed on 12 and 13 July 2018

Published on 11 July 2018

Mandatory online pre-payment introduced in Pakistan

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