The Orange Carpet Visa Facility in Turkey

If you are a business traveller who travels to the Netherlands frequently from Turkey and you need a short-stay Schengen visa each time, find out if you or your employees are eligible for the Orange Carpet Visa Facility.

Orange Carpet conditions

Whether or not you can use the Orange Carpet Visa Facility depends on which country your business is based in. The Dutch embassy can tell you more about this.

The conditions for an Orange Carpet procedure also vary from country to country. You will need to show why you travel frequently for your work. The embassy decides whether you meet the local conditions.

Orange Carpet benefits

The benefits of the Orange Carpet Visa Facility vary from country to country. Here are some examples of the 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 only have to apply for a visa in person once every five years.
  • You will not have to make an appointment to hand in your application, or there could be special opening times.
  • You can go to a VIP counter.

Who can use the Orange Carpet Visa Facility?

The Orange Carpet facility is mainly for staff of companies with current or future economic interests in the Netherlands. But the same conditions and benefits can also apply to other types of organisations (cultural, scientific, government) and individual travellers.

Collect first visa in person

The first time you apply for a visa you must go to the embassy or, if relevant, the visa application office in person, so your fingerprints can be taken.

Visa through another embassy

You might need to go to the embassy of another Schengen country for a visa, for example because there is no Dutch embassy in your country. You might still be eligible for an Orange Carpet visa. But there could be fewer services available.

Orange Carpet Visa Facility in this country or region

Information for companies

See the brochure for information on how to register for membership of the Orange Carpet Facility at the embassy in Ankara or at the consulate-general in Istanbul.

Information for visa applicants

For more information regarding the requirements and applying for a visa, you can contact visa facilitation service VFS Global (English and Turkish). You can reach them on: +90 212 373 58 06, Monday till Friday: 08:30 - 12:00 hours and 13:00 - 17:00 hours, or send an e-mail.

For an appointment for the Orange Carpet Facility at the embassy or consulate-general you can send an email to the embassy in Ankara or to the consulate-general in Istanbul.