Visas for the Netherlands
Due to the corona virus, the possibilities for applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global.
In the Q&A's you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Also check the Q&A's Caribbean visa.
- Short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less)
- Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa
- Airport transit visa
- Applying for an airport transit visa
- Staying in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days (long-stay visa)
- Long-stay visa (MVV)
- Orange Carpet Visa Facility
If you want to travel to the Netherlands you might need a visa. The Visa Advisor helps you determine whether you need a visa, and if so what type.
What types of visas are there?
Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay. Read the visa pages to see if you need a visa and how you can apply for one.
If you are transferring to another flight at a Dutch airport, you might need an airport transit visa.
A short-stay visa (Schengen visa) allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days. Besides the Netherlands, it is also valid in the other Schengen countries.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you might need a long-stay visa. This is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).
If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands you might need a Caribbean visa. This will allow you to visit Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.
If you want to travel to the Netherlands with a family member who is an EU, EEA or Swiss national or join them there, you can apply for a visa facilitation.
No visa required but rules apply
Even if you do not need a visa, there are rules on travelling to the Netherlands without a visa.