Schengen visa applications in Nairobi
Processing time: as of 1 March 2015 all visa applications submitted at the Embassy in Nairobi will be sent to the Regional Service Organization (RSO) in Pretoria for further processing. From then on processing of a visa application will take at least ten (10) working days (2 weeks) after which the passport can be picked up at the embassy in Nairobi. Please take this term into consideration when planning visits to The Netherlands.
Visa requirements: as of 1 March 2015 all the required supporting documents, including invitations from The Netherlands, should be originals. Furthermore, only complete visa applications can be accepted.
Online appointment system: Visa applicants should make an appointment by clicking the Book Now “Online Appointment system button which is below the page. This system will be open for booking of appointments as of 15 March 2015. After 1 April 2015 visa applications can only be submitted by using this online appointment system. Applicants are advised to book an appointment on a date at least four weeks before the travel date. The online system can be approached on this website as of 15 March.
In the right column of this page you can find the visa application form and the requirements for a Schengen visa.
Appearing in person
All applicants have to appear in person at the embassy when submitting an application due to the biometrics that have to be taken.
Although all applicants have to come in person, in a few cases no biometrics will be taken:
applicants with physical disabilities making it impossible to take fingerprints
heads of State, government officials/delegations if invited for official visits.
In case the intended stay in the Netherlands is longer than three months, the applicant has to apply for a resident permit (MVV).
Cash payment in KENYAN SHILLINGS only upon application. Payment cannot be refunded in case of a refusal or cancellation of the application.
Fees are the equivalent of € 60.00, depending on the current exchange rate.
In case of questions please contact the consular department by sending an e-mail to
As of 1 December 1997 nationals of a number of countries travelling to Europe on business or as a tourist may require a visa for a short stay of 1 to 90 days, valid for all the following countries (Schengen States):
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Documents should be submitted in Original and copy
Where to apply?
When to apply?
Visa applications must be lodged at least 3 weeks before the intended departure date. An application can be lodged a maximum of 3 months before the intended departure date.
All types of visa: €60 to be paid in Kenya Shillings as per the exchange rate
Children aged 6–12: €35 to be paid in Kenya Shillings as per the exchange rate
Children under the age of 6 are exempted from paying the fees.
Documents 6-14 to be submitted in original + extra copy
ALL OTHER INVITE LETTERS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE
Procedural Information and Legal Notice:
The possession of a visa is no guarantee for entry into the territory of the Schengen state. Should the Schengen state’s border authority refuse entry, no claim to reimbursement of the visa will be taken into consideration. The border police at your Schengen destination may request the presentation of the supporting documents you used for your visa application. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.
The Embassy reserves the right to request further documentation should they deem it necessary
Upon application, the applicant will get a date for collection of the result of the visa application (visa or refusal).
Telephone inquiries (+254 020 – 4288333/555) not for checking status of the visa:
Collection: Mon-Thu, 2.30-3.30 pm