Information about visa to the Netherlands, Finland and other Schengen countries
Visa applicants need to book an appointment. To make an appointment at the Embassy in Islamabad click: on-line appointment calendar
To make an appointment at the Consulate in Karachi call 021-35839623 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Representation of Finland
The Embassy of Netherlands in Islamabad is representing Finland in the Schengen visa issues. You will have to apply the Schengen visa to Finland through the Netherlands’ Embassy in Islamabad. The same requirements apply when you submit a visa application for a visa to Finland.
Applicants have to come in person to submit their visa applications. Also children and babies. Only persons who have received 2 Schengen visa in the last 3 years, do not have to come in person. They can send a messenger to submit the application and pay the visa fee.
A fee of the equivalent of 60 EUR to be paid in local currency applies to applicants irrespective of the type of visa applied for which is non-refundable. The fee has to be paid in cash at time of applying.
There are general exemptions for example the visa fee is waived for children 0 – 6 yrs and for children aged 6-12 the fee is 35 EUR to be paid in local currency.
Visa issuing time frame
The legal time frame of issuing a Schengen visa is 15 days, however, the Embassy aims to finalize the decision making process within 10 working days.
For some nationalities, (such as Pakistan) other Schengen countries need to be consulted before issuing visa. This consultation process may take up to two weeks before the visa application can be finalized.
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All necessary documents have to be submitted by the applicant at the visa counter, together with the visa application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a complete application.
Bring photocopies of all original documents that you need returned.
If you already have submitted a visa application and you have to submit additional documents, please email them in pdf format to: ISL-VZ@minbuza.nl mentioning your file number in the subject line which starts with ISL201…. and is mentioned on your receipt.
Visa for more than 90 days – MVV
If you wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months and you are not (a family member of) an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you have to apply for a residence permit at the Immigration- & Naturalisation Service (IND) in the Netherlands.
There are two ways to apply for the MVV visa:
1. You can submit an application at the Embassy or Consulate. You will have
to book an appointment in the on-line calendar (see the link on top of this
2. Your sponsor in the Netherlands can start the mvv procedure by submitting a request for advice to the IND.
For more information about requirements and procedure please visit the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) of the Ministry of Justice.
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Address and instructions how to reach the consular and visa
Address: Plot 167, Street No 15, Sector G-5, Diplomatic Enclave.
Visitors for the consular and visa department are requested to use the “Diplomatic enclave shuttle service” to get access to the diplomatic enclave. This accounts for visitors of all nationalities, including Pakistani and Dutch. The bus departs from the special bus stop at: 3rd Avenue, Quaid-e-Azam University Road, G-5, Islamabad. Telephone numbers of the shuttle service are: 051-2601521,051-2601523 or 051 2601524.
Because of security checks you must arrive at the shuttle bus stop at least 1 hour before the appointment. You should arrive at the embassy no later than 30 minutes before your appointment. In order to use the shuttle bus you must show your identity card or passport and present proof that you have an appointment at the embassy. You can obtain such proof by making an appointment through the embassy’s online appointment system (see on top of this page).