For stays of up to 90 days you might need a short stay visa to enter the Netherlands. This depends on your nationality. A short stay visa is called a Visum Kort Verblijf in Dutch (VKV). Use the Residence Wizard of the IND to see if this type of visa applies to you. If it does, you will have to apply for a VKV yourself at the nearest embassy or consulate of the Netherlands in your country of origin or the country where you are lawfully residing. A VKV is issued as a sticker in your passport. The sticker will mention information such as the expiry date of the visa, the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay and the countries you have been granted access to. The VKV normally allows you to enter all countries in the Schengen area. This type of visa is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days, which means that once you have been in the Schengen area for 90 days you may not return until another 90 days have passed.