If you are thinking of traveling to Amsterdam or another area of ​​the Netherlands, the most important thing is to know what you need to enter. In this article, you will know whether or not you should apply for a visa, as well as if you have to meet other additional requirements.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Necessary documents

Depending on your nationality and the reason for the trip, you will need one documentation or another to enter the Netherlands.

ID and passport

People from member countries of the European Union, in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, they can travel to the Netherlands with only their National Identity Document. Therefore, the Spanish they don't need a passport to travel from Spain to Holland.

Likewise, foreigners with a residence permit in a Member State of the Schengen area They can enter the Netherlands without applying for a visa, only with a valid passport. To know the territories that are part of this agreement, we recommend you visit this article: The Schengen area and the Member States of the European Union.

On the other hand, there are other States that are also exempt from applying for a visa if their citizens are going to travel for a maximum of 90 days and for tourism reasons. They are as follows:

  • A: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia
  • B: Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
  • C: Canada, Chile, Vatican City, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica
  • D: Dominican
  • E: El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
  • G: Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala
  • H: Honduras, Hong Kong
  • I: Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel
  • J: Japan
  • K: Kiribati
  • M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro
  • N: New Zealand, Nicaraguan
  • P: Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
  • S: Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore
  • T: Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
  • U: Ukraine, Uruguay
  • V: Vanuatu, Venezuela

Only biometric passports are accepted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine. Furthermore, Serbian passports that have been issued by the Serbian Directorate of Coordination are excluded.

Likewise, all people must carry a passport with a minimum validity of three months at the time they plan to end their trip and that has been issued in the last ten years.

All travelers who have to present a passport may be asked at border control for a letter of invitation, accommodation reservation, return ticket or proof that they have financial solvency.


Citizens of the rest of the countries that we have not named in the previous section they do need a visa to be able to enter Holland. Among these territories are Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.

When it is for tourism and for less than 90 days, you must have a Schengen visa, which will also allow us to travel to the rest of the countries of this agreement. The papers that must be presented to request it are the following:

  • Passport with at least two blank pages that has been issued in a maximum of 10 years and with a validity of at least three months from the date of departure of the Schengen area.
  • Application form filled out and signed.
  • Passport size photograph.
  • Payment of fees.

El price of this visa is € 60 for adults, € 35 for children between 6 and 12 years old and free for children under five years of age. The visa application for minors must also be signed by a parent or guardian.

In Ecuador there is no Dutch Embassy, ​​so its citizens must go to the Spanish Embassy to request a Schengen visa.

If what you want is to stay more than 90 days in the Netherlands, you must apply for a residence permit. However, the countries of the European Union and these territories are excluded from this requirement:

The Dutch Caribbean

In the Caribbean, the Netherlands has certain territories: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint Eustatius and a part of Saint Martin (Sint Maarten). To enter them the conditions are different to those named so far. The States that are exempt from visas for this territory are these:

  • A: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria
  • B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Bulgaria
  • C: Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Vatican City, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia
  • D: Denmark, Dominica
  • E: Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America, Estonia
  • F: Finland, France
  • G: Grenada, Greece, Guyana (visa for Sint Maarten)
  • H: Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
  • I: Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy
  • J: Jamaica (only for Curaçao), Japan
  • L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro
  • N: Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand
  • P: Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru (visa for Curaçao and Sint Maarten), Poland, Portugal
  • R: UK, Czech Republic, Romania
  • S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname
  • T: Taiwan
  • U: Uruguay
  • V: Venezuela

Nor do people with a residence permit in a country of the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the French part of Sint Marteen or the United States and Canada need a visa (among which are Bolivians, Cubans, Dominicans and Peruvians ).

In the same way, if you are on a cruise in the area and you are only going to stay less than 48 hours (24 hours in the case of Aruba), you will not have to apply for a visa.

All visa-exempt persons may stay up to 90 days out of 180, with the exception of people from the Netherlands and the United States, who may stay 180 out of every 365 days.

The entry requirements are to have a valid passport with less than 10 years, hotel reservation or invitation, enough money for the trip and travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 15.000 USD (US dollars).

Questions from users

What is the best time to travel to the Netherlands?

One of the most recommended times is spring, when the temperatures are less cold and the flowers are in their maximum splendor. However, the best climate is summer.

Is there a problem in traveling to the Netherlands by motorhome?

No, it is an option that some people choose to tour the country. In addition, you will find several campsites where you can spend the nights.

Can I study or work in the Netherlands?

Yes, but unless you are from a European Union territory, you will most likely need a special permit.

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