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.
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?
You only need to apply for a visa if your nationality is on the
list of countries whose nationals need a visa (PDF, 87 KB).
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
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
Travelling with family within Europe
If you have family living in the European Union (EU) and you
plan to travel with them to an EU country other than the country
whose nationality they possess, you may be able to get your visa
more quickly and free of charge. You will need to meet the
following three conditions:
1. You are a relative of a citizen of the EU, Liechtenstein,
Norway, Iceland or Switzerland.
2. Your family member will be travelling to or staying in an EU
country other than the country whose nationality they possess.
3. You will be travelling with your family member or joining
them in the country they are visiting.
If you think you meet these conditions, enclose proof of this
when you submit your visa application. For example, a marriage
or birth certificate proving your family ties, and a hotel
reservation or flight booking showing which country you are
Residence permit stating you are a family member
You do not require a visa if you have a valid residence permit
for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania or the United
Kingdom stating that you are family of a citizen of the EU,
Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland.
Applying for a visa
The rules for
applying for a visa differ from country to country.