Visa procedure of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana
The consular department assesses Schengen visa applications, MVV applications and Dutch Caribbean visa applications. The Kingdom of the Netherlands has made representation arrangements for short stay visa applications (thus for a stay of maximum 90 days per 180 days period) with other Schengen countries. Residents of Ghana travelling to Portugal, Poland, Luxembourg, Austria, France, Hungary or Lithuania, can also apply with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana. Those wishing to settle in the aforementioned countries and wishing to apply for a residence permit, should however turn to the nearest Embassy of the aforementioned countries to start the proper procedure.
Visa procedure for Residents of Togo and Ivory Coast
Residents of Ivory Coast travelling to the Netherlands should apply for a short stay visa at the Embassy of Belgium in Abidjan. Residents of Togo travelling to the Netherlands should apply for a short stay visa at the French Embassy in Togo. Residents of Ivory Coast and Togo wishing to reside in the Netherlands, should however apply for a MVV visa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana.
Visa procedure for Residents of Liberia and Siera Leone
Residents of Liberia and Siera Leone wishing to travel or reside in the Netherlands should apply for a short stay visa or a MVV visa at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana.
A short stay or MVV visa application can be submitted by appointment only. You can make an appointment via our online appointment system. Those who have already obtained an MVV approval from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in the Netherlands or wishing to submit additional documents in relation to a pending short stay visa or MVV procedure, may come any working day BEFORE 08:00 to the additionals counter, without prior appointment. After 08:00 o'clock however, applicants are only allowed to enter with an appointment.
Definition of a Frequent Traveller qualified for the Walk-In System
A Frequent traveller is a person who has travelled to one of the Schengen member states twice (2) or more over the past five (5) years.
Applicants holding a valid and used visa or residence permit for the United States of America, Canada, Japan or the EER-countries are also considered to be frequent travellers.
A Frequent Traveller, as described above, does not have to make an appointment, but can make use of our walk-in system, which is available every working day ( except the last Wednesday of the month) from 08.00 a.m. till 09.00 am. The capacity for this category of travellers is limited to 12 applicants per day. People are accepted on a first come first served basis.
All applicants must apply in person.
Visa application form and required supporting documents
In the column on the right you can download an application form as well as the checklists with required documents for the various types of visa. The required documents have to be submitted by the visa applicant with the visa application. Documents sent by (e)mail or fax are not accepted or processed or linked to pending or future visa applications.
At the time of submission of a visa application, the full applicable fee has to be paid. The fee will not be reimbursed in case the application is withdrawn or refused. The visa fee has to be paid cash in the local currency, GHC, according to the applicable exchange rate. The most up to date tariffs in GHC will be published at the publication board of the consular department. For an overview of the current consular tariffs, click here.
The applicable fee for a MVV application can be found at the website of the IND, www.ind.nl. The applicable fee has to be transferred to the bank account of the IND and is not to be paid in or to the Embassy.
Here you will find an overview of nationalities which need a visa for the Schengen area.
Persons holding a valid visa or residence permit for the United States, Canada, Japan or the EER-countries do no longer require an airport transit visa if they do not leave the ( NON-Schengen) International airport transit zone while transiting at a Schengen airport. Should you however transit through two Schengen countries before continueing to your final destination, you do require a visa, even when you do not leave the airport. An example: Accra-Amsterdam-Madrid-Lima. As one would need to enter the Schengen airport transit zone to transit from Amsterdam to the flight to Madrid, a c-visa is required in this case.
Should you want to know whether you need a visa for the Dutch Caribbean please send an e-mail to ACC-CA@minbuza.nl.
Who can submit a visa application at the consular department in Accra?
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has made representation arrangements for short stay visa applications (thus for a stay of maximum 90 days per 180 days period) with other Schengen countries. Residents of Ghana travelling to The Netherlands, Poland, Luxembourg, Austria, Lithuania or France, can apply with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana. Those wishing to settle in the aforementioned countries and wishing to apply for a residence permit, should however turn to the nearest Embassy of the aforementioned countries to start the proper procedure. Residents of Ivory Coast traveling to the Netherlands should apply for a short stay visa at the Embassy of Belgium in Abidjan. Residents of Togo traveling to the Netherlands should apply for a short stay visa at the French Embassy in Togo. Residents of Ivory Coast and Togo wishing to reside in the Netherlands, should however apply for a MVV visa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra, Ghana.
MVV and visa applications have to be submitted in person. However, short stay visa applications of frequent travellers, being persons who have obtained and correctly used minimum 2 Schengen visa in the past three years, may also be submitted by a representative on the given appointment date and time. The Embassy however has the right to always invite applicants to come for an (additional) interview after a first assessment of the visa application, if needed.
Applications received by DHL or mail are NOT considered.
The average processing time is seven working days. In case the application is incomplete, needs further investigation or in case the application has to be forwarded to the competent authorities in the Netherlands for further consideration, the assessment may take weeks or even longer. Visa applicants are therefore advised to submit their applications approximately 4 weeks in advance. To some nationalities a certain ' consultation procedure' applies whereby other Schengen Embassies need to be consulted before taking a decision on the visa application. This for example applies to Nigerians and Lebanese (who are allowed to submit their visa applications with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra when holding a valid residence permit for Ghana). This consultation process may take approximately 2 weeks and the processing time can in no way be influenced by the Embassy.
In case the Embassy requests additional documents in support of a visa application, they may be brought to the Embassy on working days before 08:00, without prior appointment. Applicants reporting to the Embassy before 08:00 will receive a token and will be served in a numeric order.
Collection of decisions/ visa/ passports
Collection times are on working days between 14:00 - 15:00. If the visa applicant is not able to collect his/her decision and passport, the visa applicant may authorise another person to collect it on his/her behalf. In that case the Embassy requires a written, signed authorisation letter from the visa applicant, including a copy of the visa applicant’s passport.
If you are requested to report back to the Embassy upon return to Ghana, you may come on working days between 08:00 – 09:00 without prior appointment.
The Embassy will report the use of false and counterfeit documents to the Ghanaian Police (CID) or GIS (Ghana Immigration Service) depending on the forgery; these documents will not be returned to the applicant.
The Embassy often receives e-mails from European citizens who are in contact with someone from this region through the internet. Often these contacts result in scamming whereby the scammer does not reveal his or her true identity and requests to transfer high amounts for various reasons (legalisations, costly visa procedures, medical check-ups and supporting documents not required by Dutch authorities in relation to consular procedures, hospitalisation, inheritance, gold ornaments). Beware of this (romance) scamming. See also: www.romancescams.org for more details. Other then warning for this type of scamming, the Embassy cannot be of assistance in taking juridical steps once European citizens have become victims of this type of scamming.
There are 3 types of visas you can apply for. Check which one applies to you. See the information in the left menu.