Applying for an airport transit visa in Iran
If you live in Iran or if you are coming from Iraq and want to apply for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol airport), find out about the rules and how to apply.
Due to the local situation in Iran the Dutch embassy in Tehran does not issue short-stay visa at the moment, not even for the exemption categories of the EU travel ban. The VFS Global office remains closed until further notice.
Only in very exeptional cases, like a terminally ill family member (in first degree) or attending a funeral of a first degree family member*, you can send an email to email@example.com to enquire about the possibilities. Any emails about appointment requests for short stay visa for other purposes than humanitarian won't be replied to.
* first degree family members are: father, mother and children
You cannot travel to the Netherlands due to the coronavirus, unless you are exempt from the EU entry ban. Read the list of exemptions on Government.nl.
At the moment you can only apply for an airport transit visa at a Dutch embassy, consulate-general or external service provider if your main destination is the Netherlands. Is your main destination another Schengen country? Please contact the representative of that country.
Brexit: change in airport transit visa requirement as of 1 January 2021
Do you, based on your nationality, need an airport transit visa but are you exempted because you hold a UK visa or residence permit? As of January 1, 2021 this exemption does no longer apply. You will require an airport transit visa.
Corona virus: extension of visa validity is not possible
It is not possible to extend a visa. Not even if, due to circumstances, the visa expired unused. You will have to apply for a new visa.
What do I need to do?
- You must submit a passport or other travel document issued within the last 10 years. This must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least another 3 months after the date of your transit through the airport in the Netherlands.
- You must submit a completed and signed Schengen visa application form. In the online form indicate ‘airport transit’ as the main purpose of your journey. Each person travelling with you on your travel document must submit their own visa form. Forms for children under the age of 18 need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
- Bring a photo that meets the Dutch requirements for passport photos.
- When you submit your application your fingerprints will be taken. These will be held for 59 months. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.
Did you provide biometric data (fingerprints and photo) within the last 59 months prior to your current application? Then you can choose to have someone else submit your application for you. You do not have to appear in person.
Please note: If, during the assessment of your application, it appears that your fingerprints are not in the system, you will have to come and submit them. Also, you can always be invited for an interview if your application gives reason to do so.
You must also provide a number of documents to ensure that your application is assessed correctly. See the airport transit checklist.
How much does a visa cost?
When you apply for a visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate, you must pay a fee. You can find the fee on the fees page (look at the prices of a Schengen visa). If you apply through an external service provider, such as a visa agency, you will have to pay an extra fee to the provider.
The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
- children under 6 years;
- school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
- researchers* travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a scientific seminar or conference;
- representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
*as defined in point (2) of Article 3 of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 )
How long does it take?
The earliest you can apply is 6 months before you intend to travel. For seafares this is 9 months. You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance.
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 45 days, for example if extra documents are required.
Applying for a visa in this country or region
How to apply for a short stay visa in Iran?
Visa applications have to be submitted at the VFS office in Tehran.
Appointments have to be made via the website of VFS Global in Tehran.
It is very busy with visa applications. This will result in longer waiting times before you can schedule an appointment to submit your visa application.
Important: appointment slots at the embassy are not interchangeable. Did you, for example, make an appointment for a consular statement or a passport, while in fact you want to apply for a short-stay visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your application at the embassy on that date. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment with VFS Global via the online appointment system of VFS Global in Tehran. You will have wait and submit your visa application at the date of your new appointment at the VFS Global office in Tehran.
Collection of your document
You can collect your passport with the receipt of your visa application at the VFS Global office 15 days after submission.
Negative decision on your visa application
If the decision on your visa application is negative, your passport will be returned to you with a letter stating the reason(s) for the negative decision. You will be requested to sign for the receipt of this letter.
Please read the letter carefully as it also contains information on the possibility to object to a negative decision. An objection is lodged in the Netherlands at the Ministry of Justice.