How to apply for Netherlands Visa in Nigeria

How to apply for Netherlands Visa in Nigeria

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What are Netherlands Visitor Visas?

Netherlands visitor visas are for travelling to Netherlands in not more than 90 days for business trip, visiting family and friends or for tourism. The Netherlands visitor visas are also called Short Term or Short Stay visas. For travelling to Netherlands for a longer period of time, one needs to apply for any of the Long Term visas – Student Visa, Employment visa, Marriage visa or Re-entry visa, among others. The Netherlands Long Term visas would be written about soon.

What are the Types of Netherlands Visitor Visas?

The various types of Netherlands visitor visas are: Tourist visa, Transit visa and Business visa.


Important information: Applying for Netherlands Visa in Nigeria

The Netherlands embassy doesn’t accept applications directly in Nigeria and some other West African countries. For the Nigerian applicants, Netherlands has signed an agreement allowing other schengen country embassies issue schengen visa on their behalf.

Applications through the Belgian embassy in Abuja

Nigerians or other nationals should submit their application through the Belgian embassy located in Abuja if they are residing in one of the following states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, FCT Abuja, Yobe, Zamafara.

Infact, the netherlands embassy aproves that any visa related enquiries should be addressed to [email protected]


Netherland visa applications through the French consulate-general in Lagos

Nigerians who are residing in the states not mentioned under those that should apply at the Belgian embassy, should submit their application through the French consulate-general in lagos.

Also, the netherlands embassy aproves that any visa related enquiries should be addressed to [email protected]

Please note that netherlands embassy cannot assist with any application for visa except you go through the designated proxy embassy above.


How to Apply for Netherlands Visitor Visas in Nigeria

Start by getting the following things ready:

  • An updated or latest version of a web browser to access and fill the online form.
  • Passport that is valid for at least six months or more from the day of intended travel to Netherlands. (Passport must have at least three consecutive empty pages).
  • Accommodation booking:  In the case where you have no one to invite you, you will need a valid hotel booking as proof of accommodation arrangement. Your hotel booking should be valid and should be verifiable if the embassy calls the hotel. Many hotels will cancel your booking once payment is not received within 24 hours after booking, this could lead to visa refusal. Also, we would not encourage spending lots of money to book hotel when you have not received your visa. We have a solution for the hotel booking which you should see in order not to fall victim. Read our Hotel Reservation + Flight Reservation for visa application post
  • Flight booking: Read our Hotel Reservation + Flight Reservation for visa application post
  • Valid travel insurance for the trip:  You can buy your travel insurance from us at a discounted rates. As a partner with mutual benefits assurance plc, you can order your travel insurance from us and receive it within 10 minutes. After placing an order, you can either print the insurance from your email or pick up a printed copy at any mutual benefits assurance plc offices or Naijagoingabroad offices nationwide. Click here to order your insurance now!

You can now proceed with the following steps:

Step 1:

fill the application in one of the proxy embassy above.

Step 2:

Print out the application form (make sure that the barcode generated page is printed along with it).



Step 3:

Visit the Visa Application Centre (VAC) to submit the following documents:

  • One recently taken 3.5cm x 4.5cm colour passport photograph with white background.
  • Completed Application form FILLED ONLINE and downloaded with the BARCODE SHEET at the back.
  • Fully completed complementary questionnaire.
  • Two (2) colour portrait copies of passport data page.
  • Colour portrait copies of all valid and immediate previous visas for UK, US, Canada, Japan and Schengen visa.
  • Employment and Introduction letter addressed to Netherlands Embassy.
  • Invitation Letter – Letter of Invite/Business invite.
  • Certificate of incorporation plus copies of form C07, C02 (for merchants and self-employed)
  • Bank statement for the last three months
  • Flight/Hotel reservation/accommodation certificate: Read our Hotel Reservation + Flight Reservation for visa application post
  • Travel Insurance are MANDATORY: Click here to order your insurance now!
  • Marriage certificate.



  • You should not submit your application earlier than ten weeks before your travel date.
  • You will need to give your Biometrics (thumbprint and passport photograph) at the VAC.
  • France Embassy handles all Netherlands visa application in Nigeria.
  • France uses a third party company for the collection of visa application documents (that is the VAC). VAC is operated by VFS GLOBAL.


The addresses of the VFS GLOBAL in Nigeria are:

Lagos: VFS Global, Manor House, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, (Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway) Lekki Phase I, Lagos.

Abuja: VFS Global France Visa Application Centre, 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse-2.  Abuja.



Feel free to comment and ask questions on the application of Netherlands visitor visas. I will be more than glad to answer them and don’t forget to click on the buttons below to share with friends and family.


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2018-08-01T14:01:04+00:00May 5th, 2016|Visa Application|87 Comments


  1. adegbenro ibraheem June 23, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Good day! I want to confirm, is it compulsory to have an invitation letter for travelling on tourism to Netherlands. ?

    • Adeniyi Sheriff June 27, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

      There is no rule specifically stating that it is mandatory to apply for Netherlands visa based on invitation letter. Do Understand that if your purpose of travel is tourism, you simply don’t need an Invitation letter. Invitation letter is only needed if you are applying based on an invite from a friend, relative or business partner. If you have none to send you an invitation letter, that is when you chose tourism as your purpose of travel and in such case, you will need to submit a hotel and flight booking with your application. If this response help you in anyway, kindly share this article with your friends on social media. Thank you.

  2. hi November 6, 2016 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Comment…hi please i want to reside in netherland plz how can i obtain there visa in nigeria

    • Adeniyi Sheriff November 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      To get a visa to Netherlands, simply follow our guidelines on Netherlands visa applications on Thank you.

  3. Timroy March 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Is there any document that can stand in to replace bank account statement if my bank statement is not presentable base on lack of funds. And can the travel insurance be applied for after submission of application or must compulsorily be attached to doc application. Thanks.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff March 13, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

      You must submit your travel insurance immediately with other supporting documents. No other document can replace statement of account, you should wait till you have a presentable one. Thanks

  4. Abraham March 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I’m an employee here in Nigeria and I want to go and attend a conference in the Netherlands on behalf on my company. I have already gone through your article and I get all you mentioned in it but, I would like you to clarify to me if I need to submit the certificate of incorporation and the company bank statement please.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff March 31, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      If your company is sponsoring you, then you need to submit, in addition your personal statement, the company statement of account and certificate of incorporation. Thank you.

      • Abraham April 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        Can I please get you contact so I can speak to you personally. Thanks

  5. Emmanuel Eunice April 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Pls can someone apply for Netherland visa within a month before d intended date of travel.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff April 22, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

      It’s risky. If there’s delay, Visa may be refused on that ground. 2 months is a safe period.

  6. Ken May 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I am invited to Holland, pls tell me what exactly I am to add to my invitation letter.

  7. ama omo May 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    please you talk about marriage certificate and some other requirement please I want to know the exact thing you need when applying for tourist visa thanks

    • Adeniyi Sheriff May 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      What you need are listed in this article already. A marriage certificate is only applicable to a married individual, so mist documents listed are not applicable to everybody. Simply submit the ones that you can provide due to your status.

  8. Cynthia May 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Good day, please how do I get the application form for Netherlands the one on your site is showing France at the top of the form. Please

  9. Haruna muritala olushola June 3, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Good morning my name muritala olushola am a dress maker I work for a particular fashion company in Lagos and I have a trade test certificate I want to apply for temporary working visa pls how can go about this ????

    • Adeniyi Sheriff June 3, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Hello muritala, To apply for a temporary working visa, you need to have employment letter from a reputable company in Netherlands. For you to have that, you may prepare a CV and start contacting Netherland’s companies.

  10. Chris June 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Sheriif. Thanks for all your responses. Pls must it be lagos for Netherland application?

  11. Temi June 9, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Hello please does it require a schenge visa or how do I get their Visa

  12. Adeoye Oyebode June 19, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Hello good morning. My name is Adeoye Oyebode. Please what is the current Netherlands business visa fee and other charges to be expected to pay at VAC Lagos? Thank you.

  13. Chinyere Uchendu June 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Please who does my employer adress my introduction letter to? I am preparing my visa application to the Netherlands, andban introduction letter happens to be one of the requirements. Is it to the Visa Offier or who?
    Chinyere Darlington

  14. Okafor Oluebube July 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Hello Sir.
    Thanks for your coments.
    Please do you help in procuring Netherland Visa?
    I have to be sincer with you i dont have a good statement of account. Please if possible reply me your contact detials so that we can talk.
    God bless you sir.

  15. Okafor Oluebube July 3, 2017 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Good morning sir.
    Please i want to procure Holland Visa. I intend to live and start work/business there.
    What type of Schengen Visa should i go for?
    Please do you help in arranging travel doccuments.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff July 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      You would need a working visa. To get a working visa, you need an employer in Holland to employ you. Depending on your level of expertise, this might be easy or difficult.

  16. Rita July 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi, may i have your contact to discuss further. i intend to make the trip by October what time do you think is appropriate to commence with the process?

    • Adeniyi Sheriff July 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      You may contact me Via any of the numbers above.

      • osi prince September 13, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Comment…please , like how much should one have in his or her account dat will be acceptable.

  17. Rita July 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Also with an inviting letter what else could be required to make it an easy process?


  18. Rita July 7, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hi i left you a mail but you didnt respond. I do have questions on organizing the insurance cover since you mentioned you can be of assistance

  19. Tolu July 18, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Hi can you please tell me how to address your documents to the netherland consulate since France is representing them or do I address it to France consulate.

    I also want to ask if I need to add a salary pay slip to the documents, my dad owns the company and I’m the manager, I don’t get paid directly. So please tell me if I need to add a pay slip to my documents

    • sheriff adeniyi July 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      you should address your letters to the Netherlands consulate. In your own case, it may be difficult to have a payslip. In that case, you can submit cac documents proving that your dad is the ownership of the company and write a cover letter or self-introduction letter addressed to the visa office explaining your circumstance. The most important thing is that you are getting paid and once the money truly reflects on your statement of account, you can rest assured that you have nothing to worry about. the visa officer will detect it and give decision accordingly.

  20. smith August 15, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Comment…hello my name his smith I apply for Netherland business visa true France application center Lagos, when I was there for collection in VFS my Passport was hold and I was told that I my invitation was forged, and I told my invites to fax original copies to Netherlands embassy to proved that, pls what can I do to prove myself.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff August 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      File an appeal. You don’t need an immigration lawyer, just write a remonstration letter, include a letter from your invitee expressing his disappointment if possible, if not, just include the letter in it again and ask them to call your invitee for confirmation.

  21. Christy August 18, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Hi.if am invited with my daughter in Netherlands and am a single mother… What are my requirements to apply for a visa…

  22. tracy August 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Gooday sir my name is Tracy & I want to live & work in Finland,pls how do I get a working visa

    • Adeniyi Sheriff August 28, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      I will advise you check job ads in Finland. Start contacting employers and start sending your CV. You can’t get employment visa unless an employer supports your application. That’s why you need to take your application from getting a job first.

  23. yemi August 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, Please i am visiting 5 schenghen countries and Netherlands is my first stop while france is the next. which of the countries should i apply visa to. thanks

  24. ifeolu Bamgboye September 5, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Please, how do i book for Netherlands Visa Interview with the french embassy?

    • Adeniyi Sheriff September 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      You don’t book. You should submit your documents to vfs France.

  25. nonso September 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hello I applied for the Netherlands visa not quite long and they refused me entry, stating that I didn’t bring enough prove for my stay in the country, whereas my hotel booking was there, the first one they also rejected it stating that whem am to leave the country was not acertained.. And they are asking me to reappeal the decision, pls can i reappeal or just forget about it, thank you

    • Adeniyi Sheriff September 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      I would advise you apply through Spain. Certain Schengen countries are making it difficult for Nigerian to get visa despite meeting up with the requirement. Its the sad truth.

  26. nonao September 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Okay thank you… Do you have an idea about Spain tourist visa?

  27. Amadi Samuel October 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Please, what are the conditions for the long term visas ?

  28. Nene October 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Hello thank you for your article. Very helpful. I want to go to Amsterdam for a week and then Paris for another week. But I’ve been seeing that the Netherlands visa is quite difficult. If I apply for a France visa instead, even if it’s not my first point of entry, can I visit Amsterdam first?

    Basically if I apply for a Schengen Visa through a different consulate from where I actually want to go, will it be a problem?

    Thank you

  29. Nene October 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Also, my dad is sponsoring the trip so I’ll be giving his company bank statement like for Uk visas right?

    • Adeniyi Sheriff October 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      its okay but sponsorship only work if you are underage (below 19), for adult, you will need to apply alongside your father to stand a chance.

  30. Stanley November 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hello sir, good evening I am trying to apply a visa to Netherlands but my friend is telling me that Netherlands visa is difficult that I should apply for Austria. I need ur advice.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff November 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Your friend has given you a good advice. Though theoretically, no visa is hard but practically in Nigeria, some embassy is not as welcoming as others at a certain time of the year.

  31. Emeka December 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    what documents does someone that is inviting and sponsoring you needs to provide? thanks

  32. Celestina December 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Hello. Please I need your advice on something. I’m travelling to Ecuador using KLM airlines and according to my flight itinerary I have to transit in Amsterdam for just 4hrs 30mins.

    First of all do I need a transit visa since its not an overnight stay and secondly what are the requirements for a transit visa in case I need one.
    And also where can I get the online visa application form??

    Thank you.

    • Adeniyi Sheriff December 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      My advise to you. Save your self the stress. Fly to Ecuador using Ethiopian airline. You can contact us for the flight booking.

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  36. Sola March 16, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Pls how much the visa fee to Netherland

  37. kemi March 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Comment…if am going for a conference as a volunteer in Amsterdam,Netherlands,what type of visa do I need& do I go about it?

  38. opeyemi March 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    i own a company of my own and also work in a food company here in lagos i want to travel to europe with my wife. i applied for US visa in the year 2014 but i was denied of the visa is that not going to affect us in any way ?

  39. Olayinka April 30, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I’m a Youth corper who’ll be passing out in a few weeks time. I wish to relocate to Amsterdam. But I don’t know how to go about the visa application. I definitely don’t want to apply for a student visa. What can I do please?

  40. Chuks May 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Good afternoon sir, pls I apply for a conference visa in Holland Embassy and the conference date is close before i apply will it be possible for them to approve it before 10 working days?

  41. Hercules Anthony June 20, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Comment for invite what document do i to come along with, I was invited by my brother for short time stay.

  42. Adesoye June 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Is there a fast track service for a short stay visa application to The Netherlands?

  43. Marvellous June 21, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

    How much does the Netherland visa fee cost based on Tourism

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  45. Esther July 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Please, What are the requirements for a long term student visa application, and is that possible in Nigeria?

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  47. dairo paul July 11, 2018 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Comment…hello l am living in Oyo state while i was processing my admission into an institution in Holland but I have relocate to plateau state can l apply for my visa in abuja or Lagos?

  48. lekan July 18, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    My name Lekan, are we like to no if am gonna attend to consoler for the interview for the Visa of Netherland?

  49. Olubunmi August 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Please, what are the requirements if I’m being invited by an organization in Netherland for a one week summit. Do I still need to provide a statement of account

  50. Mide August 3, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Pls i want to get Netherland transit visa….just wanna spend a night at the place before moving on to my destination……. How will i apply for it

  51. Kelvin August 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Hi, I need clarifications about Holland cos I plan to migrate there..
    Are there Jobs in Holland for foreigners?
    Also Does the Application of Holland Visa require an Interview?

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  53. Martin September 9, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    I have been reading different messages on your post lately about Netherland Visas. I have submitted my passport at the VFS office for Netherlands visa via France Embassy for the past 1month but I am yet to recieve a message or a call from them that my Passport is ready for pickup. Pls I need more advise on this

  54. Adelawani October 1, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

    If we are applying for a group Visa for students travelling to Netherlands to attend a short course and we have been given a letter of invitation for the students, say 20 pupils. Who will provide bank statement? Is it their parents of the institution inviting them since it’s their parents that will sponsor them?

  55. Vivian Ani October 9, 2018 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Hello,thank you for your insightful post.
    I would like to confirm some things
    1.Am applying for Netherlands visa through Belgian embassy in Abuja…who do i address all letters to?Netherlands or Belgian.

    2.How can my employers letter of introduction be addressed.

    Kindly clarify who to address letter to and address.

    Thank You.

  56. Courage October 31, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Hello please am applying for Netherland visa through France in Lagos. For registration of my son , do I still need to write letter and who will I address it to… and what are d requirement thank you..

  57. Hailey January 3, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Hello. Thanks for this insight & Happy New Year to you.
    I intend traveling to Holland on tourism soon. I will not be sponsoring myself so can I include my sponsors SOA instead of mine. Also, can I get a letter from my institution where I’m currently attending a certification course as I am currently unemployed. Will these suffice?

  58. Okey, Irom Bassey Ph.D January 8, 2019 at 5:58 am - Reply

    i am Dr. Irom Bassey Okey, living i cross river state. i am invited for a conference in amsterdam in march. how do i go ahead with my visa application.

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