PASSPORTS: Passport valid for three months beyond length of stay
required by all except:
(a) 1. nationals of EU countries who hold a valid national
(b) nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland,
providing they hold a valid national ID card.
2. It is advisable to have a return ticket, but
not obligatory. If a visitor is not in possession of a return ticket,
proof of sufficient means of support may be required.
VISAS: Required by all except the following nationals for periods
not exceeding three months and as long as the passport is still valid
for three months beyond length of stay:
(a) nationals referred to in the chart above;
(b) nationals mentioned under passport exemptions above;
(c) nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Korea (Rep), Malaysia, Mexico, New
Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, Uruguay, Vatican
City and Venezuela;
(d) passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting
aircraft within 72 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation
and not leaving the airport (except nationals of Afghanistan, Angola,
Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq,
Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic and
Turkey who always need a transit visa).
Types of visa and cost: A uniform type of visa, the Schengen
visa, is issued for tourist, business and private visits. All Schengen
visas, regardless of the duration of stay and whether single- or multiple-entry,
are available for approximately €35 (£27), although prices
are subject to change.
Note: Spouses and children of EU nationals (providing spouse’s
passport and the original marriage certificate is produced) receive their
visas free of charge (enquire at Embassy for details).
Validity: Short-stay visas are valid for up to six months from
date of issue for single- or multiple-entries of maximum 90 days per entry.
Transit visas are valid for single- or multiple-entries of maximum five
days per entry, including the day of arrival. Long-stay visas are valid
for up to one year. Visas cannot be extended; a new application must be
made each time.
Application to: Applications must be made in person to the Consulate
(or Consular section at Embassy) of the Benelux country which the applicant
will enter first.
Application requirements: (a) One completed application
form. (b) One passport-size photo. (c) Passport valid for at least three
months longer than the validity of the visa (with a blank page to affix
visa stamp). (d) Proof of the purpose of visit (official letter of invitation/confirmed
hotel booking; onward or return ticket). (e) Evidence of sufficient funds
to cover the duration of stay. (f) Evidence of medical coverage for the
Schengen countries (eg form E111). (g) Fee.
Working days required: Two days to three weeks depending
on purpose of visit and nationality.
residence: Enquire about special application procedures at Consulate
(or Consular section at Embassy);