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Short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less)

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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 for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.


As of 17 September 2022, there are no longer any COVID-19 entry rules for travellers to the Netherlands. You can enter the Netherlands without proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result.

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.

Have you been recognised as a refugee or stateless person? And do you want to visit the Netherlands with a travel document for refugees or stateless persons? Find out whether you need a visa.

Applying for a visa

Do you want to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa? How and where you do this differs from country to country.

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.

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.

Visa facilitation

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.