The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in United Kingdom

If you are a business traveller who travels to the Netherlands frequently from the United Kingdom 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

How to register in the United Kingdom

If you wish to register your company for the Orange Carpet Visa Facility in the UK, please complete the information form at the bottom of this page and send it to

You will be sent further information and requested to designate authorised signatories if the company is eligible for registration.

Submitting a visa application under the Orange Carpet Visa Facility

A walk-in facility for OCVF applications is available at VFS locations in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. You can find more information on opening hours and documents to submit on the VFS website

What the Orange Carpet Visa Facility does not cover

The Orange Carpet Visa Facility does not cover long-stay visa (longer than 90 days) within the Schengen area or the Netherlands for business purposes. For this purpose you have to apply for an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV). The application will be processed by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands. For more details about the MVV procedures, please visit the IND website.