Although a small country, Netherlands has a lot to offer to travellers. Be it a lovely canal cruise with your loved one or just a relaxing cup of coffee in one of the coffee shops, Netherlands is sure to deliver the type of holiday you’re looking for. In the year 2017, the Netherlands got as many as 620000+ visa applications. Considering the volume of applications there are bound to be a few hassles.
It is not always possible to plan your visit 3-4 months ahead of time. Some busy consulates have all their slots booked for more than six months in advance. There can also be times when the slots don’t get filled properly, and you end up missing an opportunity to book a slot for yourself. So what do you do?
Well, worry not. This article covers all the solutions that could help you evade this problem. Travel Visa Bookings ensures that you are able to find a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment to get your visa application approved. You can fill in the Schengen Visa Appointment form any time you need help.
What are the basics of getting a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment?
You will need to mandatorily get an appointment with the consulate to get your visa application approved. The consulate of Netherlands has outsourced their visa application process to an external agency called VFS Global. Which means that to get an appointment with the consulate of Netherlands, you will have to visit the VFS Global website and start your visa application process.
If you’re looking for information on getting a Schengen visa from the Netherlands, then take a look at our blog post on how to apply for a Netherland Schengen Visa.
Where should I get my Netherlands Schengen visa appointment if I am visiting multiple countries?
In case you are visiting other Schengen countries along with the Netherlands, then you will have to ensure that the Netherlands is your main destination before you apply for your Schengen visa. To understand this better, check the image below.
Make sure that you head over to the consulate that has jurisdiction over your area of residence. You can always visit the blog page of Travel Visa Bookings and search for your query to get any questions answered.
There are no available Netherlands Schengen visa appointments for Netherlands. What do I do?
There are ways to work around this problem.
Check with a consulate with a different jurisdiction
You can always try to book an appointment with the consulate general that has a different jurisdiction. For example, if you don’t have any appointments available in the consulate of Netherlands in Washinton, then you can always try the consulate in New York.
There might still be chances that this will not work because many consulates get booked well in advance.
Change the main destination of your travel
There are many countries like the Netherlands that get booked two to three months in advance. In this case, you can pick a country that doesn’t have a heavy inflow of tourists. Consider changing your main destination to Luxembourg or Malta. There are chances that you will get an appointment with the consulates of these countries.
For this, you might only need to show a tentative travel plan, where you mention that Malta or Luxembourg is your main destination. Travel Visa Bookings can help you out on the matter as well. We can help you make temporary flight and hotel bookings just to get your visa approved. After your visa is approved, you will be free to travel to any Schengen country as you like.
To help improve the chances of your visa approval, you can land in Malta and catch the next flight to the Netherlands. Or you can also mention to the consulate that Malta is actually your main destination and you are spending only a few days in the Netherlands.
Be patient and wait to get an appointment with the consulate
You might think that this is slightly risky, and you aren’t wrong either. But don’t completely disregard this as there are times when travellers were able to book an appointment with the consulate as soon as it became available. Except that you will need to keep multiple tabs open and keep checking every minute like a hawk to be able to find an appointment.
In case you want help with this, you can fill in the Schengen Visa Appointment form and our team will reach out to you to help you out. We have an entire team that can find an available appointment for you.
Do you need Travel Visa Bookings to get you a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment?
In case you are facing trouble booking an appointment with the consulate, Travel Visa Bookings can help you out with that. We are currently functioning in the following countries to help you get a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment.
United States of America
We are working on adding more countries every month. Travel Visa Bookings has been helping travellers with similar queries for many years now. Our team ensures to find an appointment for you in the next 7 to 15 days to ensure that you have ample time to get your visa approved. The team will look for appointments at the consulate of your jurisdiction or other nearby consulates.
Travel Visa Bookings charges a total fee of $35 to get a Netherlands Schengen visa appointment. An initial fee of $10 will be charged before looking for the appointment, and once the appointment is booked, you will be asked to pay the remaining amount to make the appointment available for you.
To get this service, fill in the Schengen Visa Appointment form.
Fill in the form and transfer the initial fee to Travel Visa Bookings through PayPal or direct transfer.
We will respond within the next 8 hours to inform about the appointment booked and the fee charged.
Pay the remaining fee to get your appointment slot approved.
We will send the appointment reference number.
Once you have your reference number, you can head over to the consulate to get your visa approved.
FAQs on Netherlands Schengen Visa appointment
You might have many queries related to getting a Netherlands Schengen Visa appointment. Read further to get some of the most common questions answered. To get detailed information on how to get a Netherlands Schengen visa, click on the link below.
Can my entire family be able to visit the consulate with one appointment?
The consulate of Netherlands can only address one person for one appointment. So, if you are travelling with your family, ensure that you have an appointment for each member.
VFS Global allows you to book 5 appointments with the same account, but you might not be able to avail them all on one day.
Will my minor child need a separate appointment?
Yes, but you are allowed to accompany your child for the interview.
I have a family member who is above 80 or has a disability. Can I accompany them to the interview with the consulate?
In most cases, the person supposed to attend the interview with the consulate is not allowed to be accompanied by anyone, at any costs. However, an aged person can be accompanied to the interview either by the spouse or an adult child. A person with a disability is also allowed to take in someone to help them with the interview process.
Can you help me book an appointment with the consulate?
Yes, definitely. Travel Visa Booking have an entire team dedicated to helping people book appointments with consulates of different Schengen countries. Just fill in the Schengen Visa Appointment form and our team will get back to you.
Can I verify if my appointment is booked after you book it for me?
Once you get your appointment reference number, you can verify it on the consulate website or on the VFS Global website.
When do I have to make the payment of the rest of the fee once my appointment is booked?
You will need to remain on watch to see if our team has booked an appointment for you. We book as many as 250 appointments in a day, and there can always be other people looking for the same appointment. For that matter, our team usually places any appointment booked on an auction.
Which is why you will have just 1 hour to make the payment for the remaining fee. If you fail to make the payment, then the team might think that you are uninterested in getting the appointment and it will be made available to someone else.
Can I pay more to get an earlier appointment?
We work purely on a first come, first serve basis. Unfortunately, you will need to wait for your turn to get your appointment.
Will I get a refund if I no longer need an appointment?
You will get a full refund as long as our team has not already booked an appointment for you. The refund is not possible in this case because a fee is already paid to the consulate officer to book a slot for you.
Can you book multiple appointments?
Yes, we can book multiple appointments for you, but it might be difficult to get them all on the same day or even in the same consulate in some cases.
What details do you need to book me an appointment?
We will need your name, passport number, and the issue and expiry dates of your passport. You can also, alternatively send a picture of your passport and our team will take care of the details.
Where do you provide Schengen visa appointment bookings?
We are currently only making appointments in the following countries.
We are looking to expand our services to more countries every month.
What is the fee for booking me an appointment?
The fee to book an appointment varies from one consulate to the other, but the basic price is $50. You can make this payment through PayPal or through direct transfer.
Who will issue my visa?
Whether you approach the consulate directly or apply for your appointment through a third party agency, your visa will only be issued to you by the consulate.
When will my Schengen visa be approved?
It usually takes one week to 15 days to approve your visa. In rare cases, there might be a delay, for which the consulate will get in touch with you.
It is important that you plan around this time to apply for your visa. It is always best to have at least 30 days in hand to get your visa without any problem.
Will the appointment process change for a different type of visa?
No matter what type of visa you are applying for, the procedure to book the appointment will remain the same. You will need to register on the VFS Global page and apply for your visa through their portal.
My passport just expired but it still has a valid visa
The expiry of your passport doesn’t affect the validity of your visa. But you will have to make a new passport for yourself. You can carry both your old and new passports to prove that you have a valid visa for your travel.
I don’t have a travel insurance. Will I get a Schengen visa?
It is necessary that you and everyone travelling with you have a travel insurance to ensure that you will be covered in the unfortunate case of a calamity. This is an important document that you need to show the consulate to approve your visa.
Travel Visa Bookings can help you get a travel insurance as well. Take a look at our article for travel insurance for Schengen visa for more information.