Netherlands Resumes Visa Operations in Pakistan


The Kingdom of Netherlands has now resumed all the consular and visa related services a few hours after suspending it.

In a statement on Monday morning, the Dutch embassy said that it had halted visa operations “due to circumstances beyond our control”.

Later, the ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan, Ardi Stoios-Braken tweeted about he resumption of consular and visa services in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.


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Earlier, the Dutch website ‘Netherlands and You’ reported:

“the issuance of visa(s) for Pakistan has been halted temporarily.”

It further stated:

“As soon as this situation is solved, appointments for visa applications can be made through the visa application centers of VFS Global in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Pakistan also clarified on Twitter that the Netherlands Embassy in Pakistan is open while issuance of visa had been temporarily halted.

It is to be noted that back in August this year, ties between Netherlands and Pakistan heated up when a blasphemous caricature contest was being organized in Holland.

The controversy resulted in a series of protests all over Pakistan and by August 31, the Dutch government announced to call off the competition.

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