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Coming to the Netherlands for a business visit

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Immigration and Naturalisation Service, IND

If you plan to come to the Netherlands for a business visit, you may need a short-stay visa and an invitation letter from your Dutch business partner. Find out what applies to your situation.

Travel restrictions during corona crisis

As of 19 March, there are travel restrictions in place for travel into the Netherlands. The restrictions apply to all non-EEA travellers without valid residence permits or visa, and will be in place for at least 30 days. Read the article on The Netherlands and youExternal link for full details on who is and who is not allowed to travel into the Netherlands.

I am from the EEA or Switzerland

You do not need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. All nationals from the EEA and Switzerland can travel between member states freely.

I am from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland

If you come to the Netherlands for 90 days or less, you will usually need a visa and a letter of invitation from the Dutch company you will visit. There must be information in this letter about why you are coming, and how long you will be staying. There is an online tool on the IND websiteExternal link where you can fill in your nationality to find out what you must do to get a short-stay visa. You can also download a form there, that Dutch companies can fill out instead of an invitation letter. You can apply for a short-stay visa at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country where you live. The visa, also called a type C visa, is a sticker in your passport. The short-stay visa is valid for 90 days. This can be a consecutive period, or a number of days. In any case, the visa is valid in the Schengen area for 90 days within a 180-day period. So, if you have stayed in the Netherlands for 90 days in a row, you cannot return for the next 90 days. This is also true if you have stayed in the Netherlands, Germany and France for 90 days in a row. Only after the 180-day period is over can you get a new short stay visa.

EU Schengen short-stay calculator

Do you visit your business partner several times? Or do you attend many conferences and events in the Netherlands? You may lose track of how many days you have already used up of your short-stay visa. Use the EU Schengen short-stay calculatorExternal link to find out if your stay is within the time limits.

I am from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland, and I have a valid residence permit for an EEA country or Switzerland

You also will need a short-stay visa. You can apply for this at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country where you live.

Stopover in a Dutch airport

Are you flying to the Netherlands, but only for a stopover on your way to and from a non-Schengen country? In that case, you may need an airport transit visa. Read more about this on the Netherlands and you websiteExternal link.

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