The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Qatar announces the launch of a Visa Application Centre for applicants in Doha, in partnership with VFS Global. Travellers can now apply for visas to the Netherlands by submitting their application and enrolling biometrics at the Visa Application Centre located at 1st Floor, (103) Abdul Jaleel Business Center, Airport Road, Al Matar Street, Doha, Qatar. Services at this centre commenced on 06 November 2016.
Visitors can also apply for a Caribbean visa at this centre if they are planning a short stay in the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands, such as Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba).
Apart from being centrally located in the commercial district of Qatar, the Visa Application Centre is easily accessible via public transport and has ample parking space around the facility. The centre is spacious enough to easily accommodate applicants during peak season, and offers dedicated Premium Lounge where applicants can enjoy exclusive, personalised services.
Speaking about the launch, H.E. Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Qatar, said, “I am happy to see the steady increase of visitors from Qatar travelling to the Netherlands. It clearly shows the growing interest of people to discover the wonderful and unique sights and experiences for tourism in my country. It also signifies exciting new business opportunities. Many are visiting Amsterdam, The Hague, Gouda, Rotterdam and other beautiful places. Some try cycling or skating for the first time in their lives. But many also connect via Schiphol airport to other places in the world, especially now with two daily flights from Doha to Amsterdam. The opening of the Visa Application Centre at VFS will allow a greater number of people in Qatar to get their visa to the Netherlands efficiently and with great, professional service. The global partnership between the Netherlands and VFS is successful and appreciated and I am pleased to celebrate the launch of the Visa Application Centre in Doha together.”
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Srinarayan Sankaran, COO – Middle East, VFS Global, said, “We are pleased to extend our service network for the esteemed Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Qatar. We are committed to continue offering the same best-in-class standards of professionalism and service quality that are the hallmark of our operations worldwide, to travellers from Qatar.”
VFS Global has been serving the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2008, in 27 countries, globally. VFS Global, in partnership with Mannai Trading Company WLL, has been present in Qatar since 2005 and currently operates visa application centres for seven other client governments in the country, including Australia, UK, Canada, Croatia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.
The centre will help make the visa procedure faster and smoother, with features such as:
Convenient and centrally located, near the airport and public transport
One-stop-shop for photocopy, photo-booth, and printing services.
Professional staff with local language capability to handle queries and applications.
Well-appointed centre for enhanced comfort of applicants.
Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants
Dedicated country specific websites for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees.
100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information.
Premium Lounge for personalised and comfortable service.
Modern fire-fighting equipment and amenities.
Dedicated security control room to for round the clock monitoring.
The Netherlands Visa Application Centre
Address: 1st Floor (103) Abdul Jaleel Business Center, Airport Road, Al Matar Street, Doha, Qatar
Helpline: +974 44069001
Business hours: 0900hrs to 1700hrs (Sunday to Thursday)
Submission Timings: 0900hrs – 1600hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Passport Collection: 1600hrs – 1700hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications on behalf of the client missions. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the respective client missions. Timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities.