Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, China

Schengen visa

The Netherlands is part of the Schengen Area. Countries in the Schengen Area require visitors who are nationals of certain non-EU countries to obtain a visa that allows them to enter the Schengen Area. If you wish to travel to the Netherlands and you are a national of one of these countries, you must normally apply for a Schengen visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate.

Schengen Area

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa allowing its holder to travel and stay in the Schengen Area. The Schengen area covers 26 countries (‘Schengen States’) without internal border controls. These countries are:

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

   

Purpose of a Schengen visa

A Schengen visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen state allowing:

  • transit through or a stay in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period (‘short-stay visa’),
  • transit through the international transit areas of airports in the Schengen Area (‘airport transit visa’).

Do I require a visa for my intended travel?

To check if you require a visa for your intended travel, you can consult the IATA Travel Centre

Visa types

There are 3 types of visa that can be issued to people wanting to visit the Netherlands :

  • airport transit visa
  • uniform visa (‘short-stay visa’)
  • long-stay visa.

The long-stay visa is not a Schengen visa, but a national visa issued by the Dutch authorities.

The visa type is marked on the visa sticker and indicated using the letters ‘A’, ‘C’ or ‘D’.

Airport transit visa

An airport transit visa (type A) is valid for transiting through the international transit areas of airports situated in the Schengen Area, but not for entering the territory of a Schengen state.

Read more about airport transit visas.

Uniform visa (short-stay visa)

A uniform visa (type C) – also known as a short-stay visa – entitles its holder to free movement throughout the Schengen Area.

Read more about uniform visas.

Long-stay visa

A long-stay visa (type D) is issued to nationals of certain non-EU countries who intend to stay longer than 90 days in the Netherlands. Nationals of non-EU countries are generally referred to as ‘third-country nationals’.

Read more about long-stay visas.