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.



  • Application must be submitted not less than ten weeks before travel date.
  • You will need to give your Biometrics (thumb print 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.



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Thank you and God bless.

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2018-07-04T09:07:44+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Visa Application|73 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