The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in India
If you are a business traveller who travels to the Netherlands frequently from India 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 (OCVF).
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
How to apply for OCVF in India
The request should contain information about the company in India, the partner company in The Netherlands and the branch of activity. If the company qualifies, the management of the company will receive a letter in which the company is requested to designate one to three persons of the company who have the authorization to sign recommendation letters.
Additional OCVF conditions for India
As an OCVF member you commit to the condition of informing the embassy of any changes in authorized signatories in your company. Failing to update your information might result in cancellation of your membership.
Additional OCVF benefits in India
The embassy and VFS India offer the following benefits to our OCVF members:
- less documents to be submitted
- standard multiple entries will be issued
- visa validity from one to five years will be issued
- no appointment will be required as walk-in hours apply at VFS
Please note that a quicker service is not among the benefits of Orange Carpet.
You may find more information on the required documents and opening hours on the VFS website.