Visas for the Netherlands
If you want to travel to the Netherlands you might need a visa. There are different types of visas.
- Short-stay Schengen visa (90 days or less)
- Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa
- Airport transit visa
- Applying for an airport transit visa
- Long-stay visa (MVV)
Step-by-step guide to applying for a visa
What types of visas are there?
Whether or not you need a visa depends on things like your nationality, destination and length of stay. Read the visa pages to see if you need a visa and how you can apply for one.
If you are transferring to another flight at a Dutch airport, you might need an airport transit visa.
A short-stay visa (Schengen visa) allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days. Besides the Netherlands, it is also valid in the other Schengen countries.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you might need a long-stay visa. This is also called an authorisation for temporary stay (MVV).
If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands you might need a Caribbean visa. This will allow you to visit Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.
No visa required but rules apply
Even if you do not need a visa, there are rules on travelling to the Netherlands without a visa.