Today I got my schengen visa approved which I had applied for before the pandemic. I had plans to visit the Netherlands. Sadly, the Netherlands has a travel ban effective till April 19th and my visa expires on April 25th.

Let's say I am unable to utilize my visa, would I have to apply again with all the fees and everything, or can I write a letter to the embassy for an extension?

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    Being in the Netherlands, I do expect the travel ban to be extended or other travel restriction to be introduced. Forget travel to the Netherlands the next few or even many months.
    – Willeke
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 21:00
  • Even setting the travel restrictions aside, I think wanting to travel for non-essential purposes right now is irresponsible.
    – Deepak
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 2:23

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Right now, you must apply for a new visa, and it doesn't look like fees are refunded or waived:

Is a visa fee refundable? Visa fees for visas that have not been used by COVID-19 cannot be refunded. A new application must be submitted.

I have not travelled to the Netherlands yet. Can the period of my already issued visa be extended? The duration of issued visas of travelers who have not yet been able to travel to the Netherlands due to cancelled flights cannot be extended. A new visa application must be submitted.


Whether this changes in due course is something no one knows right now.

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    And why the downvote? Just a hater hating?
    – user29788
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 21:34
  • @moo or someone from IPS or SO saying "glad to meet 'ya". Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 2:32

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