Short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less)
If you want to visit the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. This depends on your nationality. The visa allows you to travel freely within the Netherlands and other Schengen countries within a 180-day period.
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.
At the moment you can only apply for a Schengen visa at a Dutch embassy, consulate-general or external service provider if your main destination is the Netherlands. Is your main destination another Schengen country? Please contact the representative of that country.
What is a short-stay visa / Schengen visa?
The short-stay visa is a Schengen visa. It allows you to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Your visa will be valid for a specific period. This period may be shorter than 90 days. You can travel freely between the 26 Schengen countries while your visa is valid.
If you want to leave and re-enter the Schengen area within the 180-day period, choose the multiple-entry option when making your application.
Do I need a visa?
Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay. The Visa Advisor helps you determine whether you need a visa, and if so what type, in order to travel to or via the Netherlands.
If you have more than one nationality, the passport you travel on will determine whether you need a visa.
Visiting more than one Schengen country
If you want to visit more than one country in the Schengen Area, you should submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the Schengen country associated with your main purpose of travel. If your main purpose of travel is the same for more than one country, for example a holiday, submit your visa application to the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to stay in the longest.
If you plan to spend an equal amount of time in each Schengen country, submit your visa application to the embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit first.
Due to corona you can currently only apply for a Schengen visa at a Dutch embassy, consulate-general or an external service provider if your main destination is the Netherlands. If your main destination is another Schengen country, please contact that country’s embassy or consulate.
There is an exception for Kosovo: from 19 July 2021 you can apply for a Schengen visa at the Swiss embassy in Pristina if your main destination is the Netherlands.
Orange Carpet Visa Facility
If you are a business traveller and travel to the Netherlands frequently, you or your employer may wish to use the orange carpet visa facility. This saves time and money. Please note, not all embassies and consulates offer this facility.
Do you want to travel to Europe with the Netherlands as your main destination? And are you travelling with or will you be joining a family member who is a national of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland? Then you can apply for visa facilitation. Please note, this does not apply if your family member is Dutch and your main destination is the Netherlands. Read about the requirements here.
Applying for a visa
The rules for applying for a visa differ from country to country.