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This page explains how you can apply for a visa if you want to travel from the Netherlands to some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories.
UK Visas and Immigration visa application centres in the Netherlands accepts visa applications on behalf of the following countries:
1. Overseas territories
- British Antartic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- Falklands Islands
- St Helena Ascension
- Tristan da Cunha
- Sovereign base in Cyprus
- South Georgia and the South Sanwich Islands
- Turks & Caicos
You can apply for a visa to St. Kitts and Nevis online using the following website: evisa.gov.kn. All visa fees are paid on arrival in St. Kitts. If you want to travel to any other country that is not on the list above, you must contact that country’s nearest embassy or diplomatic post to find out whether and how you need to apply for a visa.
2. Before you apply
Before you apply, you must:
prepare your supporting documents - you will need to provide all the necessary supporting documents for your application;
check the visa application fee. We charge a fee for handling applications on behalf of other countries and we may also charge a forwarding fee if we have to refer your visa application to the country to make a decision. In some circumstances a country may choose to charge an additional fee if they have to correspond with you directly.
3. How to apply
If travelling to a British overseas territory or Commonwealth country, you must complete and submit a visa application form and complete your visa application online.
4. Applying online
If you apply online, you will need to print out and sign your completed form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you will be able to log in and print out the form later. When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a ‘GWF reference’). Please make a note of this number.
5. Paying your visa application fee
You must pay your visa application fee online using a Visa or Mastercard credit card. Once an online payment has been taken you will receive a confirmation email from our payment provider RBS WorldPay. You should print out details of your payment confirmation.
5.1 Forwarding fee
For some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories, visa applications may need to be referred to the territory you intend to visit. Where a visa application has to be referred to a British overseas territory for a decision, an additional fee is charged. Any referral fees must be paid in cash at the visa application centre. In cases of referral, the waiting period for approval may take up to 2 months or longer, depending on the country. We cannot guarantee that the visas will be issued on time.
Visa application centre
To complete the application process, you must book an appointment at a visa application centre in Germany. You will not be required to give your biometric data. You can book an appointment by using the WorldBridge ‘booking an appointment’ service.
You cannot send your printed application form or supporting documents by post. You must come to the visa application centre in person, and bring all the necessary documents with you. If you pay your fee at the visa application centre, we will give you a receipt. We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.
When you attend your appointment, you must bring:
the printout of your completed online visa application form, signed by you;
printed confirmation of your online appointment;
your passport. You are not legally required to have 6 months validity on your passport at the time you apply for your visa. But your passport must be valid at the time you apply and at the time you arrive in the UK;
1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of your face, which meets the requirements set out in our photograph guidance, which you can download from the right side of this page;
proof of your online payment; and
any supporting documents that are relevant to your application and a photocopy of each document (including English translations) - the Supporting documents
page contains more information.
6. Waiting times
If your application needs to be referred, you may have to wait 2 months or longer (depending on the country) for a decision on your visa application. We cannot guarantee that your visa will be issued by the date you request.
6.1 More information
If you require more information about visas for the above Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories, please contact the WorldBridge call centre. You can find their contact details on the WorldBridge in Netherlands website.
7. Supporting documents
This page lists the supporting documents that you must provide if you are applying for a visa to travel from the Netherlands to some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories.
8. Recommended supporting documents
A valid passport or refugee travel document containing at least 1 page which is blank on both sides, so that your visa can be inserted - your passport should be signed by you, and the name and signature should correspond to the details given on your visa application form
Your previous passport(s), if applicable
Evidence of funds (bank book or detailed bank statements)
Evidence of employment/studies
Evidence of reservations (you are advised not to purchase your ticket until your visa has been issued)
Evidence of purpose of visit (for example - letter of invitation)
1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photographs of your face, which meets the requirements set out in our photograph guidance, which you can download from the right side of this page.
If you are applying for a visa for a business trip, you should provide the documents above plus:
a letter or fax from your employer stating the purpose of your journey
an invitation letter or fax
In both cases, the letter or fax must be in English if a referral is required.