The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in Brazil
If you are a business traveller who travels to the Netherlands frequently from Brazil and you need a short-stay Schengen visa each time, find out if you or your employees are eligible for the Orange Carpet Visa Facility.
You cannot travel to the Netherlands due to the coronavirus, unless you are exempt from the EU entry ban. Read the list of exemptions on Government.nl.
Orange Carpet conditions
Whether or not you can use the Orange Carpet programme depends on which country your business is based in. The Dutch embassy can tell you more about this.
The conditions for an Orange Carpet procedure also vary from country to country. You will need to show why you travel frequently for your work. The embassy decides whether you meet the local conditions.
Orange Carpet benefits
The benefits of the Orange Carpet programme vary from country to country. Here are some examples of the possible benefits:
- You will not need to show as many documents to get a visa.
- Your visa will be valid for several trips (multiple entry visa).
- Your visa will be ready for collection sooner.
- Your visa will be valid for longer.
- You only have to apply for a visa in person once every five years.
- You will not have to make an appointment to hand in your application, or there could be special opening times.
- You can go to a VIP counter.
Who can use the Orange Carpet Visa Facility?
The Orange Carpet programme is mainly for staff of companies with current or future economic interests in the Netherlands. But the same conditions and benefits can also apply to other types of organisations (cultural, scientific, government) and individual travellers.
Collect first visa in person
The first time you apply for a visa you must go to the embassy or, if relevant, the visa application office in person, so your fingerprints and photo can be taken.
Visa through another embassy
You may need to go to the embassy of another Schengen country for a visa, for example because there is no Dutch embassy in your country. You might still be eligible for an Orange Carpet visa. But there could be fewer services available.
Orange Carpet programme in this country or region
Make an appointment
In Brazil, only the consulate-general in São Paulo is authorized for visa applications.
Make an appointment (online) with the Dutch Consulate General in São Paulo to submit your application.
Passport delivery via Sedex
The Dutch representations in Brazil offer the option of sending the passport by Sedex to your home address in Brazil. So, you can only send to an address within Brazil. The costs for sending by mail must be paid at the counter at the time of submitting the application. You will then receive an envelope at the counter that you should address to yourself (don't forget to write down your CEP).
Sending documents to your address is entirely your own responsibility. The consulate-general does not bear any responsibility in case of loss, theft or damage of your documents during shipment within Brazil.