Embassies and consulates are involved in handing out entry visas, both for a short stay and a long stay. Not all countries however have a Dutch embassy or consulate-general. Therefore visas can no longer be applied for in all countries. If this applies to the country you live in, for a Schengenvisa you can generally go to the embassy of another Schengencountry and for a MVV you are to visit the Dutch office in a nearby country, as other Dutch offices in the region have taken over these tasks.

You can see an overview of all Dutch embassies and consulates on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you enter a country where the office has closed, you will be automatically referred to the post that has taken over responsibility for handling applications.

Applying for an authorisation for temporary stay
In the event no embassy or post is available in your country, applications for an Authorisation for Temporary Stay may be submitted to an office in the nearest country (or to a designated office in the region). There is space on the application form for applicants to indicate the office from which they would like to pick up the Authorisation for Temporary Stay.

Applicants for a short-stay visa
Most cases, short-stay visas will be issued by an office of another Schengen state in the same country. Authorisations for Temporary Stay and visas are not always issued on the day of application.

In some cases, applications can still be submitted to and documents picked up from specific offices (front offices) although they are actually handled by another office in the region (back office). One consequence of this is a small increase in waiting times.


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