The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

How to apply for your (Schengen) visa in London

The Dutch embassy in London uses the services of VFS Global to handle visa applications.

Not all nationalities require a Schengen visa to travel to the Netherlands. Click here to check if you need a visa.

All Schengen visa applicants - including all Orange Carpet applicants - have to submit their visa applications upon appointment at the VFS offices in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Applications lodged at VFS are sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague for processing.

Processing time for visa applications is at least 14 days. Applicants can contact VFS for status updates after this period has elapsed.

For further details on how to apply for a visa or to make an appointment with one of the visa centres, we recommend you to check the VFS website.

Schengen visa telephone enquiries: 0871 376 0023 between 08:30 - 17:30 hours Monday-Friday.

VFS London




66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT

VFS Edinburgh



1 Rennie’s Isle, Edinburgh EH6 6QT

VFS Manchester



50 Devonshire Street North, Manchester M12 6JH

Only the following categories can submit an application at the Embassy in London (by appointment only):

1) diplomatic passport holders with an original verbal note stating the purpose and duration of their stay in the Netherlands;

2) MVV (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf/Authorisation for temporary stay) applicants, after IND approval has been received by the Embassy;

3) visa applicants for the Dutch Caribbean;

4) holders of Dutch residence permits who have lost their residence permit whilst visiting the UK (processing time approximately 7 working days).

There may be exceptions but these will be dealt with on an individual basis after the applicant has notified the Embassy of the emergency or special circumstances. It will be at the Embassy’s discretion to decide whether the applicant may or may not submit their application at the Embassy.

Send an e-mail to the Embassy to make an appointment. The consular section is closed every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

For additional closure dates please check our website.