Netherlands Worldwide

Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa in Switzerland

If you live in Switzerland and want to apply for a short-stay visa for the Netherlands, you cannot do this at the Netherlands embassy in Bern. You can apply for this type of visa at the Luxembourg embassy in Bern (information in German).

Since 12 December 2008 Switzerland opened its borders and became part of the Schengen territory. This means that holders of a Swiss residence permit B, C, L, as well as EDA legitimation card holders, no longer require a visa to travel in or through the Schengen territory. For visits and/or tourism, a stay in the Schengen territory for a maximum of 90 days within 6 months is allowed. There will still be customs checks and random border checks.

Holders of Swiss permits F and N still require a visa.

The same applies for Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.