Obtaining a short-term or Schengen visa to the Netherlands often time called Holland usually take the same shape and procedures as other Schengen area,  the only difference is that the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Nigeria has stopped direct involvement in the issuance of short-stay visas. Therefore, to explain the question on How to apply for the Netherlands visa in Nigeria it is appropriate to introduce the topic as follows:

1. All visa applicants from the following States in Nigeria should direct the enquiry and application submission to the Belgian Embassy in Abuja:

Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasaramwa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, FCT Abuja, Yobe, Zamfara.
For visa enquiries, applicants should contact: [email protected]
For a completed visa application form, applicants should submit them at Belgian Visa Application Centre, in Abuja.

2. All visa applicants from the following southern State should direct their enquiries and application submission to the French Consulate-General in Lagos:

Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers.

For visa processing enquiries, applicants can contact: [email protected]
For visa Application and submission: French Visa Application Centre, Lagos.



The standard procedure in processing the visa application is to apply the following ways:
1. Download the visa application form online by visiting the appropriate VFSGLOBAL websites.
2. Carefully fill in your particulars online and print out the hard copy.
3. State clearly in the declaration your reasons for choosing the Netherlands.
3. Signed the printout form and attach the following documents:

1. Your International passport with at least 6 months validity and unused visa pages.
2. Two recently taken passport sized photograph with white background.
3. Photocopy of the data page of your passport.
4. Health insurance certificate with a minimum of € 30,000 covering all the Schengen area.
5. Proof of flight booking indicating the departure and arrival dates. (Do not purchase flight ticket before the issuance of your visa)
6. Proof of hotel reservation or accommodation throughout your stay in Holland.
7. Evidence of Basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in the Netherlands.
8. Your bank account statement for the last 6 months duly endorsed by the Bank.

9. An employee travelling on vacation should provide the following additional supporting documents:
1. A letter of introduction from his employer
2. His leave pass.
3. His tax clearance certificate.
4. His last pay slips.
5. An identity card issued by his organisation.

10. Additional requirements for applicant travelling on the invitation
1. A letter of invitation from the person inviting you.
2. Photocopy of his identity card or international passport
3. The person should indicate in his letter your relationship, how long you’re to stay in the Netherlands and if he is going to be responsible for your financial responsibility.
4. Your tax clearance certificate.

11. An under-age child travelling unaccompanied or with a parent or guardian:
1. The parent or guardian is expected to sign the child’s visa application form.
2. The child’s original birth certificate.
3. A letter of consent from both parents.
4. All the documents must be endorsed and sealed by a notary public.

12. An applicant travelling for a medical purpose:
1. A medical appointment from a hospital in the Netherlands.
2. An official letter stating that the Hospital is ready and capable of performing the medical treatment the applicant is searching for.
3. A written report from your personal doctor in Nigeria explaining the reasons for urgent medical treatment in the Netherlands.
4. Evidence of advanced payment for the treatment, accommodation and additional insurance coverage.

13. Additional requirements for business visa:
1. An original letter of invitation from the organization inviting you in the Netherlands.
The letter should be written in the organisation letter headed paper stating the importance of your visit, how long you’re to stay in the Netherlands.
2. Your partner should attach the photocopy of the organisation’s certificate of incorporation.
3. Attach evidence of previous business dealings.
4. The organisation’s bank account statement for the last 6 months.
5. Your personal income tax clearance.
6. If the organisation is responsible for your accommodation, evidence of this must be provided.

14. Additional requirements for a Student visa.
1. Original letter of admission or acceptance of an offer from the College in the Netherlands.
2. Evidence of payment of school fees (part payment or full payment)
3. All documents used in processing the admission.

4. Letter of sponsorship from your parent or guardian.
5. Your parent’s bank account statement for the last 6 months.
Other documents as may be demanded by the embassy.



After the collation of all the required documents, you’re to submit the completed visa application form to the appropriate visa application centre in your area and on your appointment date.
Before submitting your form please take note of the following:
1. Ensure that the visa application form is duly signed and dated by you.
2. Ensure that all the required documents you’re submitting are completed, up-to-date, and genuine.
3. Pay the visa application processing fee plus other charges applicable at the visa application centre, and attach the payment acknowledgement slip.
4. Submit yourself for biometric fingerprint at a section of the Visa application centre.
5. Be prepare for visa interview if necessary.
6. Ensure you use an active Email address, it is the only channel of communication between the embassy and you.
7. Finally, submit your application well ahead of your travel to allow the embassy to complete the visa processing without disappointment.




Belgian Visa Application Centre,
No 38, Lobito Crescent,
Wuse 11,

General enquiry hours: 08.00. a.m. to 02.00.p.m.

Application submission hours: 08.00 a.m. to 02.00p.m. Monday to Friday.

Passport Collection hours: 08.00 a.m. to 03.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.



Plot 110, Manor House,
Admiral Ayinla Way,
Opposite Treasure Garden Estate,
Third Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway,
Lekki Phase 1,



The Netherlands is a very important country in western Europe, half of which lies below the sea, is a paradise on earth. The Netherlands is often called Holland. Despite the fact that Holland is just two provinces in the Netherlands, many people preferred Holland.
Whatever you called it, the Netherlands remains one of the most fascinating places in the world. When you’re in Holland it is always very difficult to think of another place because the whole place is amazing and you’re left with good feelings.
The good feelings start when you arrived at the beautiful Amsterdam airport with its iconic settings.
Driving or walking down the streets of Amsterdam with it well-maintained waterways make you feel brand new. You may want to visit the port city of Rotterdam or extend your enjoyment to Utrecht, Maastricht, or Haarlem before you take a rest at the World Court city of Den Haag. All with an affordable modern transportation system.

Wherever you go within the Kingdom of the Netherlands bear in mind that The Netherlands ranked first in the world, above France and Switzerland, for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable food among 125 countries in an Oxfam report, therefore, enjoy yourself. Also, remember to remove your shoe before entering a Dutch man’s house.


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