Short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less)
A short-stay visa lets you visit the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. Besides the Netherlands, it is also valid in the other Schengen countries.
Whether you need a visa depends on your nationality, destination and length of stay. The visa advisor helps you to determine if you need a visa.
Do you have more than 1 nationality? Then the passport with which you travel determines whether you need a visa.
Which visa do I need?
There is only 1 type of Schengen visa. However, you will need to submit different documents depending on the reason for travel/category. Make a selection:
- Visiting Family/Friends
- Airport Transit
- Return visa
- Family Member of EU/EEA/Swiss National
- Members of Official Delegation
- Study/Research or Other Types of Internship
- Cultural, Sports or Religious Events and Film Crews
- Medical treatment
- Orange Carpet Programme
Before applying, please ensure you are very clear about the purpose of your visit. VFS Global can assist you and help you through the entire visa application process but is not permitted to advise or guide you when it comes to choosing a visa category. Since the work of VFS Global is primarily administrative in nature, VFS Global has no say in whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process your application.
Visiting more than one Schengen country
If you want to visit more than one country in the Schengen area, you should apply to 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, apply to the country you plan to stay in the longest. If you plan to spend an equal amount of time in each Schengen country, apply to the country you intend to visit first.
Also travelling to another country outside the Schengen area?
When you are also travelling to another country outside the Schengen area (for example in the Caribbean, Croatia, Romania, the United Kingdom and/or the United States) you should apply for the other visa first, before applying for the Schengen visa.
How will my application be assessed?
Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses information-supported decision-making to make better, quicker decisions on visa applications. For more information on how your data will be processed, see the privacy statement.
For detailed information on travelling to the Netherlands – with and without a visa – go to netherlandsandyou.nl.