Do you have a Schengen visa? And do you want to travel into the Schengen Area more than once? This page tells you whether you can change your single-entry visa to a multiple-entry visa.
You are in the Netherlands on a valid type-C Schengen visa. This is a single-entry visa. This means you can only travel into the Schengen Area once. Read which countries are in the Schengen Area. An unusual and unexpected situation has come up. As a result, you must now travel into the Schengen Area multiple times. For this reason, you want to change your visa to a multiple-entry visa. This is a visa that you can use to travel into and out of the Schengen Area more than once. In this case, request a change to your visa from the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service ('IND').
Please note! A multiple-entry visa does not allow you to stay in the Netherlands or the Schengen Area for longer than a single-entry visa. Thus, a multiple-entry visa lets you stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.
The following conditions apply to changing your visa from single-entry to multiple-entry:
You must provide documents showing that you meet the conditions. To change your Schengen visa to a multiple-entry visa you need the following documents:
To change your short-stay Schengen visa, make an appointment with an IND service desk. You must come to the appointment in person. If you are younger than 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must come with you.
The application to change a short-stay Schengen visa from single-entry to multiple-entry costs € 30. You must pay the fee at the meeting at the IND Desk.
Bring the requested documents to your appointment. The IND will assess your application during the meeting. The decision will be either positive or negative. If the decision is positive, you will receive a multiple-entry Schengen visa. The service desk employee will apply the multiple-entry visa in your passport. This is still a type-C Schengen visa. If the decision is negative, the IND will not change your visa to a multiple-entry visa.
If your visa was not changed and you disagree with the decision, please ask the IND employee to prepare a letter explaining the rejection. You will receive this letter explaining the negative decision within 2 weeks. With this decision letter you can apply for review. Find out more about applying for review or appealing a decision from the IND.