The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in China

If you are a business traveller who travels to the Netherlands frequently from China 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.

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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

Contrary to mentioned earlier:
First time applicants must go to TLScontact in person to record your fingerprints.

Companies with an office in both China and the Netherlands or Dutch companies with an exclusive partnership with a Chinese company can apply to the "Orange Carpet Visa Facilitation" program for their employees.

Terms and conditions:

-Dutch companies with a subsidiary in China;

-Chinese companies with a subsidiary in the Netherlands;

-Dutch companies with an exclusive partnership with a Chinese company.

Chinese companies with a subsidiary in the Netherlands, with employees that need to travel frequently to the Netherlands for business, can apply for the "Orange Carpet Visa Facilitation" program by sending the information request form to the Netherlands embassy in Beijing or the Netherlands consulates general in Shanghai or Guangzhou.

To determine if we are able to cooperate with your organization, your inquiry will be assessed by our Department of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and the Head of Consular Affairs. The embassy or consulate-general may contact the head office of your company and ask for additional information. After assessment, the head office of the company will be informed of the possibilities.