This page contains information on formalities applying to visitors coming to the Netherlands for a short stay. A short stay is defined as a visit lasting up to 90 days.
Depending on your nationality, you might need an entry visa for the Netherlands. For stays of up to 90 days, this entry visa is called a short stay visa or Schengen visa. Check our visa wizard to find out if you need a Schengen visa.
You are required to report to the local Aliens Police within 3 days of arrival. This is a mandatory procedure for all foreigners who are not nationals of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland.
In many cases, your Dutch employer or host institution will need to apply for a work permit for you. For a short stay, you will most likely be allowed to work without a work permit only if:
- you are a national of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland
- you will be a guest lecturer at a Dutch institution
- you qualify as an “unpaid scientific researcher”. In order to qualify for this status, you must receive a scholarship that meets certain requirements.
If a work permit is needed, it is the responsibility of the employer to apply for one. You do not need to take any action.
If you are interested in reading further information on this subject, please visit our section on work permits.