Traveling to the Netherlands

The procedure for traveling to the Netherlands looks different, depending on you needing an entry visa or not. Please select the category that applies to you for more information.

Traveling to the Netherlands with a MVV (entry visa)

You will most likely have to visit the embassy twice before you receive your entry visa. In most countries, the MVV can only be issued by a centralized regional office, and not the embassy itself. On the first visit the embassy will collect your biometric data (passport, signature and fingerprint). This information is sent to the IND in the Netherlands, who need it to create your residence permit card.

You must bring the following documents to the appointment:

  • Your passport;
  • A recent passport photo (please check the passport photo criteria here;
  • The filled out and signed form: MVV issue form to be downloaded here;
  • Proof that you have medical insurance for at least the first 90 days of your stay in the Netherlands;

During your appointment:

  • The embassy/consulate records your signature;
  • Your fingerprints are taken;
  • You may also be asked to bring additional documents before the visa is issued. You will be informed if this is necessary and if so, what documents, by the embassy/consulate staff.
  • The embassy will collect your passport.

After collecting the MVV it will be valid for another 3 months (90 days). You must enter the Netherlands within this period.

Traveling to the Netherlands if you don’t need a MVV

Once the IND has approved your application, you can book a ticket for your trip to Utrecht. You'll be able to enter the Netherlands on your passport. You do not need to show proof of your residence permit application, although it might be practical to have your (digital) letter of admission ready.