Orange Carpet Programme
If you or your staff travel regularly to the Netherlands and require a Schengen visa, you may be eligible for the Orange Carpet Programme. This makes it easier for travellers working for businesses and other organisations to get a visa.
Orange Carpet conditions and applying
Eligibility for the Orange Carpet Programme varies by country. It is only possible to apply via a Dutch embassy or consulate general, not through a Visa Application Centre. The website of the embassy/consulate general provides more information on the Orange Carpet Programme and on how to apply. The embassy/consulate general decides whether you meet the local conditions.
If your application for the Orange Carpet Programme is successful, you can also apply for your visas via the Visa Application Centre.
Orange Carpet benefits
The benefits of the Orange Carpet Programme vary from country to country. Here are some examples of possible benefits:
- You will not need to show as many documents to get a visa.
- Your visa will be valid for several trips (multiple entry visa).
- Your visa will be ready for collection sooner.
- Your visa will be valid for longer.
- You will not have to make an appointment to submit an application, or special opening times apply.
Apply for a visa at the Visa Application Centre
If your application for the Orange Carpet Programme is successful, see below for information on how to apply for a visa at the Visa Application Centre.
Applications for business visa of employees of companies that are registered with the embassy in New Delhi and the consulate general in Mumbai as being eligible for the Orange Carpet facility can be submitted at the VFS Netherlands Visa Application Centers in Mumbai, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata without any prior appointment.
The applications will be accepted on weekdays, from 09:00 to 10:00 hours only.
The checklist explains which documents you need to provide and which requirements they must meet.
Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in India. VFS Charges an extra service fee for this service, to be paid by the applicant.
- For the official visa fees charged by the Dutch government, click here.
- VFS service charge:
Apart from the visa fee, VFS service charge in INR1260 /- and convenience fee INR 160/-(for submission with biometrics) inclusive of VAT per application will be levied for applicants applying at the visa application centre.
- Visa Fee Payment can only be made in cash.
- All fees are non-refundable.
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