The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in South Africa

If you are a business traveller  from South Africa who travels to the Netherlands frequently and you need a short-stay Schengen, 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

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

The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in South Africa

This business visa is meant for employees of companies in South Afrika that meet the requirements for the Orange Carpet Visa Facility. See the folder at the bottom of this page for more information.

What do I need to do?

You do not have to make an appointment to submit your application. You can simply visit one of the visa application centres in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. You need to indicate that you are submiting an Orange Carpet Visa Facility application.

The visa application centre will check whether you are eligible for the Orange carpet Facility.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, except public holidays, between 8:30 and 9:00 hours.

Applications need to meet the following requirements:

  • A support letter from your company, mentioning their Orange Carpet Visa Facility registration number, signed by at least one of the authorised Orange Carpet Visa Facility signatories;
  • A passport, preferably with a remaining validity of at least three years and three months;
  • A duly filled in visa application form;
  • Health Insurance, including medical emergency evacuation cover (equivalent to a minimum of €30.000);
  • One recent passport sized photograph;
  • Biometrics: fingerprints of the applicant will be taken at VFS global;
  • The applicable visa fee

Immediate family members (spouse and children under 18) are eligible for the Orange Carpet Visa Facility too.

In case of a spouse and/or children are accompanying the employee on their business trip, the following documents have to be attached to the applications of the spouse and/or children:

  • Copy of overseas medical insurance policy, including medical emergency cover corresponding with the period of stay;
  • In case of a minor, a written consent from both parents and the parents’ signatures on the application form. A copy of the parents’ passports should be included.

Please note: by participating in the Orange Carpet Visa Facility, you guarantee the return of the traveler and you are able and willing to vouch financially for all costs that might occur during or following the stay of the visa applicants in all Schengen countries when they are traveling on a visa obtained with the Orange Carpet Facility.

For more information, please read our brochure located at the bottom of the page.