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Airport Transit

Overview

An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Dutch airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen area.

Whether you need an airport transit visa depends on your nationality and any exemptions for which you may be eligible. Fill in the online application form to find out if you need a visa.

Please note: the visa does not grant entry to the Netherlands or to any other Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport. If you are transiting through the Netherlands to a destination within the Schengen area, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa.

For detailed information on airport transit visas, go to the website of the Dutch embassy

Visa Fees

Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in India. VFS Charges an extra service fee for this service, to be paid by the applicant.

  • For the official visa fees charged by the Dutch government, click here.
  • VFS service charge:

Apart from the visa fee, VFS service charge in INR1180/- and convenience fee INR 160/-(for submission with biometrics) inclusive of VAT per application will be levied for applicants applying at the visa application centre.

  • Visa Fee Payment can only be made in cash.
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

Step 1: Complete the application form

Complete the online application form, print it out and take it to your appointment.

Travel insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries. If you have not purchased, please click here.

Step 2: Get all the required documents (checklist)

Get all the documents required for your application. The checklist explains which documents you need to provide and which requirements they must meet.

For every document submitted, you must provide the original (to show at the counter) and a photocopy (to be attached to the visa file). The documents must have been drawn up in (or translated into) Dutch, English, French or Spanish.

Your biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph) will be collected during your appointment. This will remain valid for 5 years. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to provide this data.

If you apply for a subsequent visa within these 5 years, you do not have to provide fingerprints again.

Please be aware, when applying for a visa at an external service provider, it cannot be checked at the desk whether your fingerprints have been stored in the systems in the past 5 years. If it turns out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have your fingerprints, you will be asked to return to the External Service Provider for a second time to register your fingerprints.

Processing Time

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you intend to travel. You should apply no later than 15 working days before your trip.

In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. Sometimes it can take up to 30 days if more time is needed, and up to 60 days in exceptional cases, for example if extra documents are required.

Some Schengen member states want to exchange information on visa applicants. This check (known as ‘consultation’) is mandatory for certain nationalities and can take up to 7 days.

You can track the status of your application using your track & trace code. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact the Visa Application Centre.

Photo Specification

Please click here for more information on photo specifications