The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

Entering the Netherlands or the Schengen Area without a visa

If you do not require a Schengen visa, you may enter the Netherlands or the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period, provided you meet a number of conditions.

Whether you require a Schengen visa depends on your nationality. If you do not require a visa, you must still meet the following conditions in order to enter the Netherlands or the Schengen Area:

  • You must hold a passport or travel document that has been issued within the last 10 years.
  • That passport or travel document must cover your intended stay and remain valid for at least three months after your intended date of departure.
  • You must have proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in the Schengen Area. In the Netherlands this is a minimum of €34 per person per day.
  • You are able to demonstrate the purpose of your stay to border officials and you have a return or onward ticket.
  • You pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations.

You are also advised to make provisions prior to your trip for emergencies, such as sudden illness and/or hospitalisation, and to take out health insurance to cover your stay. Health care is not free of charge in the Netherlands. You will be required to pay any medical costs you have incurred before leaving hospital or a doctor’s practice. You are therefore strongly advised to carry clear proof of international medical coverage.

If you intend to work in the Netherlands during your stay of less than 90 days, you may be required by law to have a work permit. Be sure to ask your employer or host in the Netherlands to check with the authorities in the Netherlands.