I have been issued a Type D Visa for studying in the Netherlands. I know I can travel in schengen countries with this Visa, but can I enter any country before visiting Netherlands?

I am planning to reach University of Twente, Enschede through Germany.

Delhi -> Frankfurt -> Munster -> Enschede(by Bus)

This is a much shorter route instead of going through Amsterdam. My concern is would I be allowed in immigration in Germany before I have entered Netherlands?

  • The distance from Frankfurt to Enschede is more than twice as great as the distance from Amsterdam to Enschede. How is this shorter than going through Amsterdam?
    – phoog
    Jul 16 '19 at 18:33
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    I'll be taking a flight from Frankfurt to Munster Jul 16 '19 at 19:48
  • Aha, that makes much more sense :)
    – phoog
    Jul 16 '19 at 19:55

Yes. The D visa allows you travel through any Schengen state on the way to your destination, and also to visit them as if you had a multiple-entry C visa with the same validity period.

That means you can spend up to 90 out of every 180 days in Schengen states other than the one which gave you a D visa, with the usual restrictions for a short-stay visa (no right to work, even if your D visa includes a work permit).

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