Short stay, holiday or business visa

Last update: 4 July 2022

You would like to come to the Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days on holiday, or for a family visit or business visit. Find out what the requirements are and what you need.


  • You have a valid passport or other travel document. Your passport may not have been issued more than 10 years ago. The passport must also be valid for at least another 3 months after your departure from the Netherlands.
  • You are not a danger to the public order or national security. Or to the international relations of a Schengen country.
  • You have travel insurance including medical cover taken out in your name. This is not required if you do not need a visa. Your sponsor may take out this insurance for you in the Netherlands. The insurance must cover at least €30,000 for medical expenses in the Schengen Area. In any event, the insurance must cover the following:
    • Costs of return to your country of origin for medical reasons. The country of origin is the country of your nationality.
    • Urgent medical care.
    • Urgent treatment in hospital.
  • You have enough reasons to return to your country of origin, or country of continuous residence. For example, because you work there, have school-age children or your own house. A return ticket alone is not enough. The country of continuous residence is the country where you are allowed to stay for more than 3 months, because you have a valid residence permit there or you are waiting for a decision on a residence application. 
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Duration of stay in the Schengen Area

You are allowed to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. Did you stay in the Schengen Area for 90 days in a row? In that case you have to wait 90 days before you can travel to the Schengen Area again. You can also spread the 90 days across the period of 180 days.

Longer duration of stay for certain nationalities

Do you have the nationality of one of these countries? In that case you will be allowed to stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 3 months out of a period of 6 months.

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Mauritius
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Seychelles

Short stay calculator

If you want to know how many days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen Area after your entry, you can calculate this with the short stay calculator. You can also use this tool to plan your journey.

Working during a short stay

If you want to work in the Netherlands during your short stay,your employer may need a work permit (in Dutch: tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV). This also applies if you do voluntary work or an unpaid assignment.

In addition, you may need a citizen service number (in Dutch: burgerservicenummer or BSN). The local council gives you this number when you register in the Register of Non-Residents (in Dutch: Registratie Niet-Ingezetenen or RNI). For more information, visit the website of the local council (in Dutch: gemeente) where you live or work. Or visit the  website of Netherlandswordwide.

Entry ban

After the period of validity of your visa or visa-exempt term expires, you must leave the Netherlands and the Schengen Area. If you do not,  you can get an entry ban for the territory of the European Union. This does not apply to EU or EEA citizens and their family members.

Other applications

Extend Schengen Visa or permit-exempt term

Do you want to stay longer in the Netherlands because of a special and unexpected situation? Then you can extend your Schengen Visa or permit-exempt period.

Visa extension for more than 90 days for Surinamese

Do you have Surinamese nationality and are you aged 60 or older? Then, you can extend the Schengen Visa or permit-exempt period to more than 90 days once for each stay. 

Change the Schengen Visa from single-entry into multiple entry

Do you want to travel more often to the Schengen Area because of a special and unexpected situation? Then you can change your Schengen Visa from single-entry into multiple-entry.