I am holding an Indian passport. I have a multi-entry Schengen visa which is valid for 6 months. I am planning to travel in mid Feb to Spain (on a business trip) via Netherlands for a week. On my way back I am planning to stay in the Netherlands for 4 days as a tourist. Do I need to apply for a tourist visa or can I use the Schengen visa which I applied for Spain?

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    Given that you'll spend 5 days working and 4 days touring, would you be able to successfully explain that the 4 days was purely 'incidental'?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 3:57

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The Schengen system doesn't distinguish between "tourist" and "business" visas for short stays. Once issued, a short-stay Schengen visa is valid for entering and staying in the Shengen area regardless of purpose and itinerary within its validity. (Of course, that's as long as you're not doing something that would be illegal anyway, such as paid work without a permit).

So you don't need a different visa for a tourist visit, as long as you have days and entries left on you visa.

You may have gotten your visa by describing plans for a business visit on a visa application, but since you were granted a multiple-entry visa, this means you're being trusted with further visits to the Schengen area beyond the one you described in your application.

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