For business purposes, a Schengen visa can be obtained for up to 90 days stay. After a stay of 90 days, the person concerned must then stay outside the Schengen area for at least 90 days before re-entry on a business visa basis.

With a business visa, the person concerned can come to the Netherlands for business discussions or to attend meetings, but for short-term work, permission must in principle first be requested from the UWV by applying for a so-called work permit.

Under certain circumstances, a multiple entry visa can be obtained from the Dutch embassy. This is a visa that is issued for a longer period (for example for a period of one year) in which the person concerned does not have to apply for a visa again at the embassy every time, but can travel back and forth unhindered during the validity of the multiple entry visa. Please note that even in the case of a multiple entry visa, the person concerned may not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days of the 180 days.

Orange carpet program

Foreign companies with a branch in the Netherlands, or Dutch companies with a branch abroad, or foreign companies with an exclusive partnership with a Dutch company, can obtain visas for employees under the ‘orange carpet program’ in a simplified manner.

Advantages of the orange carpet program are:

  • A decision on the visa application within 48 hours instead of 15 days
  • Fewer documents to submit
  • No separate application for each person individually
  • Multiple entry visa options

If you have any questions about applying for a business visa, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Call us, 020 223 2466, or send us an email, We are happy to help! You can also reach us through our social media channels which you can find at the bottom of this page.