Applying for an airport transit visa in Malaysia

If you live in Malaysia and want to apply for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply. You can also apply for your short stay visa to Portugal or Denmark.

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.

Your application will be checked in the Schengen Information System (SIS II). In addition, your application details will be checked and saved in the Visa Information System (VIS).

Applying for a visa in this country or region

Schengen and Caribbean visa via VFS Global

The embassy in Kuala Lumpur has outsourced the handling of the Schengen visa applications and applications for the Dutch Caribbean. These visa applications are now handled by the Visa Application Center (VAC) of VFS Global.

Make an appointment for your visa application via the website of VFS Global.

Before making an appointment, please make sure that you meet all requirements and have filled out all necessary documents.

Please note that application at the VAC is only possible if the Netherlands, Portugal or Denmark is the main destination of your journey.

Representation agreement Portugal and Denmark

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has made representation arrangements for short-stay visa applications (thus for a stay of maximum 90 days per 180 days period) with other Schengen countries.

Residents of Malaysia travelling to Portugal or Denmark can also submit their application via VFS Global.

Those wishing to settle in Portugal or Denmark and wishing to apply for a residence permit should however turn to the nearest embassy of Portugal or Denmark to start the proper procedure.