Visa to the Netherlands for Russians – 2022. How to get it yourself

How to get a visa in the Netherlands

Visa to the Netherlands

Step by step instructions on how to get a tourist visa to the Netherlands on your own. What documents to prepare, the cost of the visa, useful addresses, nuances of registration and reasons for refusals.

The Netherlands accepts tourists from the Russian Federation. For convenience, we give pre-deal prices for travel and flights. Information about visas and flights may not be current, check with official resources. Take a look at the list of open countries.


What visa is required?

To enjoy the Dutch sights, you must obtain a Schengen visa C. Single and multiple entry visas to the Netherlands are issued at consulates and through intermediaries – accredited visa centers.

Step 1: book tickets

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You’ll need to provide copies of your round-trip tickets or reservations to confirm your itinerary for your trip within the country. Unpaid reservations are suitable for short-term visas.

You don’t need to photoshop your document. Falsification is easy to detect, and the offender is sure to be blacklisted. Some tourists use the services of intermediary firms that hold reservations for air tickets for the entire time of consideration of documents by the embassy.

Step 2: Book an accommodation

For a visa to the Netherlands, attach hotel reservations for the entire trip, including visits to other countries. Be sure to include everyone involved in the trip when making your reservation on Bookings or Rumguru. It is important that the names of the tourists on the booking confirmation be written in Latin letters.

How to secure a hotel, if the visa is denied? We advise you to look for hotels with a free cancellation policy, or those that charge upon check-in.

Where to stay in Amsterdam:

How to get a visa in the Netherlands

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Step 3: Make copies of your passports

For a visa to the Netherlands, make a copy of your passport – the spread with your photo and full name, as well as your closed Schengen visas. Copy the same page spreads from your old passport. Make copies of all completed pages of your passport. When copying, place two facing pages per sheet.

Step 4: Buy insurance

To travel to any of the Schengen countries need to buy insurance with coverage of 30 thousand euros. The term of the policy must necessarily cover the duration of your trip. Insurance policy can be purchased online in advance at Cherehapa or SravniRu, as well as in the visa center, but it is more expensive there.

Step 5: Get a certificate of employment

Confirm your intention to return to your home country! Get a certificate stating your position, date of enrollment, and dates of leave. The certificate with the stamp and signatures of the people in charge is valid for 2 weeks.

School pupils and students need a stamped certificate from their school, signed by the headmaster or dean. Pensioners need a copy of their pension certificate, and owners of individual entrepreneurs need a copy of their TIN, certificate of registration of individual enterprise and its tax registration.

Step 6: Get a bank statement

It is important to show that you are financially secure. A certificate from the bank with a “wet” stamp, which notes the movement on the account for the last 3 months will do. Keep in mind that such a document is valid for one month.

The Embassy will accept copies of your bank cards and ATM receipts indicating your balance. Unemployed, students and pensioners need to attach a sponsorship letter from the person who gives him money for the trip, and a certificate from his place of work.

How much money should be in the account? According to feedback from tourists, a minimum of 34 euros for each day of the planned trip.

Alyona: “Of the documents were a certificate from the university, insurance, sponsorship letter from my stepfather, and documents of kinship are not accepted, a certificate of his wages and bank statements.

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Step 7: Take your picture.

Enclose two color photos on a white or light colored 45mm by 35mm background with your application packet. The portrait photo is taken from head to shoulders, with a neutral facial expression, no headgear, headphones, or glasses.

Photo requirements are on the website. Take photos in advance or in the photo booth at the visa center, 6 photos cost 360 rubles.

Visa to the Netherlands for Russians

This is only part of the photo requirements

Step 8: Fill out the form

You can fill out the visa application form online, then print it out and hand it in with your documentation package. For a fee, your visa application form will be filled out by a visa center employee.

If you fill in the document yourself, enter data in Latin characters, strictly according to the documents. Use a computer or a pen with blue ink.

If your passport says USSR, write USSR in point 6, place and country of birth. If you do not work, write INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEUR in point #19, retired people write RETIRED, unemployed people write UNEMPLOYED, and housewives write HOUSEWIFE.

Step by step instructions on how to get a visa in the Netherlands

The questionnaire is on the website

Step 9: Make an appointment

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow is located next to Arbatskaya metro station, 6 Kalashny pereulok. Documents are accepted by appointment on weekdays from 9:00 to 12:30. Ready passports are issued from 15:00 till 16:00. Make an appointment on the website of the embassy.

In St. Petersburg, the Consulate General receives people on Moika Embankment, 11. There are three more consular offices in Kaliningrad, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Murmansk.

The Netherlands visa in Moscow is easy to arrange at the visa center, which is located on Kashirskoye Shosse. 3, korp. 2, bldg. 9. The center accepts applications on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:00. Those who come without an appointment are served from 12:00 to 13:00. The registration is made on the website.

The visa center in St. Petersburg is located at the business center “Chkalovsky” in Bolshaya Raznochinskaya Street, 16/7. The documents for a visa to the Netherlands are accepted without an appointment. Accredited visa centers are open in other major cities in Russia. Take a look at the list of visa centers.

How to get a Dutch visa

You need to make an appointment with one person at a time

Step 10: Submit documents and biometrics

As of 2015, everyone who wants to have a Schengen visa will take fingerprints. Even if you have done it before, come to the visa center in advance – half an hour before the specified time – and undergo fingerprinting. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from biometrics.

When everything is ready, give the documents to the employee and get a receipt.

Olga Zagorskaya: “We were given a ticket, and the number immediately lit up on the scoreboard. Since I had two absolutely complete sets of documents, it took me 15 minutes to turn them in”.

The cost of a visa to the Netherlands is fixed. For a regular visa you have to pay 35 euros, and for an express visa – 70 euros. The visa center charges a service fee of 1900 rubles. You can order a photocopy for 35 rubles per sheet, fill out the form – 400 rubles, SMS-notification of the passport readiness – 150 rubles and other services. You can pay in visa centers in rubles.

Step 11: Get your visa

The Netherlands Embassy will consider the documents in 4 days, but the decision can take up to 10 days or more. We recommend you to apply at least 15 days before your trip.

You can check the status of your passport online using your registered application number, by e-mail The email address is being protected from spambots. To view the address in your browser must have Javascript enabled. or by phone +7 (499) 709 83 38 and +7 (499) 703 36 75. Your passport can be issued at the same place where you submit your application. Visa centers offer courier delivery services.

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What visa do I need in Holland?

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Denials of visas to the Netherlands

Holland is one of the most difficult countries for obtaining a Schengen visa. The rejection rate is 2.9% for applicants – the 4th place in the European Union. The refusal is informed by official letter.

Reasons for refusal of a visa to the Netherlands:

  • incomplete package of documents;
  • discrepancies in the information in the application form;
  • no confirmed flight reservations;
  • low income;
  • suspicion of immigration intentions;
  • Migration, administrative or criminal violations in the past.

If you have been issued a 3C stamp, correct the mistakes in the documents and bring the missing papers. Stamp 2C means that you have been summoned for an interview, and 1C means that you have been denied a visa.

While in the first two cases it is relatively easy to correct the deficiencies, the 1C visa officer’s denial can only be appealed by a formal appeal to the ambassador. As a rule, the decision is stretched for 2 months, and the refusal is repeated. The period of “visa quarantine” in this case may be up to 5 years.

Netherlands: visa registration for Russians in 2022 by yourself.

The Netherlands, or Holland, as the state is also unofficially called, is a country on the list of the Schengen Agreement. And this means that a visa to the Netherlands for Russians in 2022 is still needed . In order to go there in any capacity our citizens have to apply in advance for an entry document to the relevant representative offices of the Netherlands in Russia or to the Visa Center in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, where the self-clearance is available.

Dutch flag

A Dutch visa can be used to visit some of the Caribbean islands.

What visa is required?

Schengen and national visas, as well as residence permits of the country itself or one of the European countries, members of the Schengen Agreement, are suitable for visiting the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Schengen visa to the Netherlands is requested by most visitors, as you can come to the country with absolutely different purposes: business, tourism, private, official. It usually suffices to do all your business and come back to Russia.

If there are plans for a long-term stay, then there is a need for a national visa to the Netherlands, which provides greater freedoms to its holder: the right to work, study or marry a Dutch citizen. There is also a special document – a residence permit, which also can be attributed to the category of visas, but it is extremely difficult to obtain and can be obtained only with good reason.

Entering with a visa from another country

You can also come to the Netherlands with any other Schengen visa that is still valid at the time of crossing the border. Permit to enter one of the 26 countries of the European Union is quite suitable for visiting the state. The only condition is that if the document was issued by another country, then most of the time you have to spend in that country, and then use it to travel to the Netherlands. This is a formal rule of visa regime, which is better to try not to violate.

Types of visas

We can say – it is very convenient that the immigration law of the EU has brought all its rules to a single type. According to the regulations, almost 90% of visitors are issued a Schengen visa, and the rest – the national visa of the state. Such a division has, of course, also affected the Netherlands, that is, any visas to the Netherlands can be divided into these two types.

Visa to the Netherlands

Schengen, type C.

As mentioned above – this is the most common variant of the entry document for foreigners. There are several agreements under which Russia and the EU have a simplified visa regime. According to it, Russian residents receive a Schengen visa to the Netherlands under the simplified version. It is not quite clear what this simplification is, because you still need to collect and submit a full package of documents.

Schengen visa C will be needed for those who visit the Netherlands as tourists, private guests, business travelers, foreign property owners, members of delegations and so on. Participants in all kinds of sporting and cultural events are also approved for this type of entry document.


It is worth focusing separately on this category, as it is the most common type of entry visa that Russians request to travel to Holland. It should be noted that the tourist visa to the Netherlands for the Russians is the same Schengen visa type C. It is needed to visit the sights of Amsterdam, walk through the famous Dutch flower markets, and just to travel around the country.

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Tourist visa is valid enough to have time to see many of the famous places of the country. It can give the right of a single entry into the country, as well as multiple crossings. This is very convenient, as tourists sometimes have complex routes, which may be possible to re-enter the territory of the state.

Visiting the Dutch Caribbean Islands

For a visit to Aruba, Curaçao, Dutch St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius Island, a Schengen C visa will also be suitable.

If the traveler plans to travel only to these islands, he can get a separate visa, which will not be valid in the Netherlands itself. This special permit is made in the same way as the Schengen, the set of documents is similar.

National, MVV type

Holder of this document has the right to work, study and live in the Netherlands. On its basis, a residence permit can also be issued. National visa can be obtained if one has a job in the Netherlands, close family members reside there, or if one plans to enroll in an educational institution. Periods of validity of the national document is somewhat longer than the Schengen visa, but also have their own limits, which are set by law.

On a national Dutch visa can also travel throughout the EU, the borders in this case are open.


A Russian citizen needs a visa to transit through the Netherlands in any case. If, for example, you just need to go through the country to another country, then you must have a visa of the country of final destination.

If, however, you must go to another country from the Netherlands through the Dutch airport, you must have the Netherlands transit visa, that will give you the right to cross the border. It is also necessary to have a visa of the country of final destination.

Necessary documents

List of documents for visa to the Netherlands is practically the same as for other EU countries. There are only some minor peculiarities. To apply you will need to provide the following papers:

  1. The visa application form, which can only be filled out in English, it must be signed in several places;
  2. A passport that is valid and issued no more than 10 years ago, it must have at least two blank pages; Photocopies of all passport pages;
  3. Old/annulled passport, if any;
  4. Photocopies of completed pages of your passport: the first page with your personal data and the page with your registration;
  5. Photos 3.5 x 4.5 cm ICAO standard: light background, the photo only shows the face, neck and shoulders, the photo has no unnecessary accessories or details that could distort the appearance;
  6. Health insurance, insurance coverage – not less than 30,000 euros;
  7. Reservations from hotels or other accommodation for all dates of travel, preferably prepaid;
  8. Ticket reservations: airline tickets, train/bus/ferry tickets with return date;
  9. Financial proof: bank statement or bank account statement, currency purchase statement not older than one month, sponsorship letter. It is necessary to have an account balance of at least 34 euros per day per person plus hotel/lodging expenses;
  10. Proof of social status: for employees – certificate of employment, for students – certificate from the place of study of the student, for entrepreneurs – TIN plus documents confirming legal activities.
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This is the main list of documents, which are required for Schengen visa C. Further on the purpose of travel you need to provide additional documents.

There are also additional items for arriving at any type of invitation: private, official, business, official:

  1. The personal invitation itself from the interested party in the prescribed sample, where it is necessary to specify the dates, the purpose of the visit, information about both parties and information on the expenses – the original;
  2. Accompanying letter from the company from the Russian Federation with the necessary data – for business and business trips;
  3. Certificate: “Garant-verklaring” from a relative or friend, proof of relationship, ID of the inviting person, proof of income of the inviting person – for private visits to relatives or friends;
  4. Confirmation of the membership in the delegation with the necessary data for the participants of the delegation.

It should be noted that processing of MVV national visa requires somewhat different application form, as well as originals of all documents, related to the purpose of visit. For example, for employment it is necessary to provide an employment contract, for studies – an agreement on enrollment in an educational institution and so on. Applicants who want to marry a legal resident of the Netherlands must pass a special test on the knowledge of culture and language. More information about the national visa can be found on the website of the Dutch Immigration Service.

Applicants who wish to obtain an island visa for the Dutch Caribbean must also fill out a special application form.

Visa to the Netherlands for children

There are a number of requirements for minors when applying for a visa to the Netherlands. In a child’s packet of documents, you must provide:

  1. A questionnaire for the child, which must be certified by the parents/guardians;
  2. Two 3.5 x 4.5 cm photos;
  3. A copy of the birth certificate (the original certificate is not required by the Dutch authorities);
  4. Copies of Russian passports from both parents;
  5. Invitation for the child, which should include the child’s data – if required;
  6. Consent to travel from parents, which must be certified by a notary;

If the child travels with one parent, the consent must contain the signature of the second parent, if the child travels without parents, the signature of both parents.

Children in the Netherlands

Order of independent registration

Any independent visa to the Netherlands in 2022 is made through Russian visa centers of the country or through its representative offices in Russia. Embassy and Consulate accept applications only for national visa MVV, or consider the cases when the application was rejected through the visa center.

Procedure of own registration of the visa to Holland:

  1. First, you need to determine the type of visa you need;
  2. After that you need to gather the list of all the required documents;
  3. Go to the website of the Dutch visa center VFS Global on the Internet, choose a suitable city;
  4. Download the application form, carefully fill it out at home, sign it and attach it to the package of papers;
  5. Then create an appointment for submission through the site of the visa center;
  6. Bring the documents at the set time, submit them;
  7. Wait for readiness, tracking the passport on the website by a special number.

Since September 2015, the visa to the Netherlands independently, as well as through intermediaries is made on the basis of biometric data, which the applicant necessarily hand in on the spot. Further to obtain a new Schengen visa for the next five years will no longer have to go through this procedure.

Reviews about getting a visa

If you look at the latest reviews on self-passporting a visa to the Netherlands in 2022, you can get some insight into the process, pitfalls and possible difficulties. For the most part, travelers share positive reviews, as the Netherlands has a practice of issuing long-term multi-visas to those applicants who already have several Schengen visas in their passport .

According to the same recent reviews on self-issued visas to the Netherlands, applicants with a clean passport, receiving a visa for the first time, the chances of getting one are also high. Only in this case, the validity of the issued document may be limited to the dates of the trip or issued for a short period.

In any case, judging by experience, the chance of obtaining a Dutch visa for Russian citizens is quite high, the official Amsterdam is not picky with applicants with a particular bias.



The actual cost of visa to the Netherlands can be found in the table below.

Visa type How much does it cost (Consular Fee)
Schengen visa for any purposes, type C 2500 rubles
Schengen visa for any purposes for children under 6 years old, type C Free of charge
Shengen visa for all purposes for children from 6 to 12 years old, type C 2500 rubles
National visa MVV From 28 to 230 Euros

A service charge of 1900 rubles for processing the application and a further 450 rubles for sending documents from the regions is added to the cost of a visa to the Netherlands.

Period of validity

The standard established period of visit for the Schengen visa C is 90 days in six months. But at the discretion of the consular staff this period may be limited and the visa can be given only for the dates of the trip, for 45 days, a month, and so on. The period of permitted stay may also be shortened and may be less than 90 days. The entry document itself can be suitable for single or double entry, but more often still approve a multi-visa.

The national document has a validity of one year, but to stay in Holland on it can only be six months.

Licensing terms

We can say that the Dutch visa centers work accurately and quickly enough, there are no lines. As a rule, in Moscow and St. Petersburg the document is executed within four or five days. In the regional branches of the visa centers, this period is longer, since additional time is needed for sending the documents, which can take several weeks.

Possible refusal

When applying for a Netherlands visa on your own, you may be refused if the application form is filled in incorrectly, or the documents are not accepted by the Consulate. You can apply again, if it is possible to eliminate the reasons and provide a more satisfactory documentation package. Violators of the Dutch immigration regime are also likely to be refused entry.

If necessary, anyone can ask questions to the staff of the Consulate about the reasons for a negative decision and adjust their actions.

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Contacts of Visa Center and Embassy

Netherlands Visa Center in Moscow

  • Address: Moscow, Shchipok street, 11, building 1;
  • Phone: +7 (499) 709-83-38;
  • Working hours: Monday-Friday;
  • Working hours: 9:00-16:00.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow

  • Address: Moscow, Kalashny pereulok, 6;
  • Phone, Consular Section: +7 (495) 797-29-79, available from 14:00 to 16:00 on visa issues;
  • Working hours: Monday-Friday;
  • Opening hours: 9:00-12:00 – submission of applications by appointment on the website of the visa application center and by electronic queue.

Attention! Due to recent changes in Russian legislation the information in this article might be out of date.

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