You can apply for a return visa if:
Please make sure to schedule an appointment in time. Especially during holidays, it can be very busy.
In the following situations you can only apply for a return visa if you have a compelling reason:
For example, one of the compelling reasons is:
You are required to apply for your return visa in person at the IND Desk.
Children under 18 years are required to attend together with a parent or legal representative when applying for their return visa.
Do you live in the province of Limburg? You could schedule an appointment at the Expat Centre Maastricht Region (ECMR)
You can pay the costs immediately in full at the IND Desk. Payments can only be made in cash or by debit card. No payments can be made by credit card.
A return visa costs € 157.
Turkish nationals and their family members pay € 46.
You are not required to pay for a return visa if:
If you have a return visa as well as a valid passport (or other travel document), you can return to the Netherlands.
Are you passing through another country on your way to your destination abroad or back to the Netherlands? The return visa allows you to transit freely through all Schengen countries on both the outbound and inbound trip. You do not need an additional visa or permission. The return visa does not allow you to stay (e.g. for a holiday) in another Schengen country.
A return visa is valid for up to 3 months, but no longer than 1 month before the expiry date of your passport.
In some cases a return visa is valid for more than 3 months:
A return visa is placed as a sticker in your valid passport on the day of your appointment. This day is also the date of entry of the return visa
The sticker has the following information:
Are you already abroad when your residence permit expires, is lost or stolen? Report this to the Dutch representative in the country where you are staying. They can, if necessary, provide you with a visa for traveling back to the Netherlands.
Are you not a subject to a visa requirement? Then you can travel back to the Netherlands from abroad during your permit-exempted term. You do not require a return visa.
However, other authorities or organisations (e.g. an airline company or customs authorities) may not accept that and may require you to have a return visa. Please contact the other authorities or organisations prior to your journey to verify this. Are you not subject to a visa requirement, but still wish to apply for a return visa? Then normal costs apply.