Applying for an airport transit visa in Ukraine

If you live in Ukraine and want to apply for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply.

At the moment you can only apply for an airport transit visa at a Dutch embassy, consulate-general or external service provider.

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

Visa liberalisation for the Ukraine

Ukrainian citizens who hold valid biometric passports are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen Area for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This means that Ukrainian citizens in possession of a valid biometric passport no longer have to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa.

However, the visa exemption does not mean that travelers will be automatically allowed to enter the territory of the Netherlands and other Schengen countries. Ukrainian citizens must be able to present to the border police all the documents explaining the purpose and conditions of their stay. For details about these documents, please check the website of the European Union (information in Russian and Ukrainian) about visa free travelling.

Holders of non-biometric passports will still need to apply for a visa.

Short stay Schengen visa applications

If  you want to apply for an airport transit visa you must also provide a number of documents to ensure that your application is assessed correctly.
Please complete the checklist:

Make an appointment

For short stay visa applications for the Netherlands an appointment has to be made via the website of VFS Global.

You can also call them at the following numbers: +38 044 3230570 or +38 050 1179056.

Visa applications of residents of the Crimea

Persons living in the Ukraine (including the Crimea) have to apply for their visa at one of the Visa Application Centers in the Ukraine.

No visa can be issued in Russian passports issued in the Crimea during the occupation because the Netherlands does not acknowledge these documents. If it is a Russian passport issued in the Crimea before the occupation or issued in Russia, a visa can be issued.

Inhabitants of the Crimea can exit the Crimea (and enter at a later stage) with their Russian passport and, if they hold the Ukrainian nationality, can apply for a Ukrainian passport or extend their current Ukrainian passport through the Ukrainian authorities (for instance in the Kherson region).

On the website of VFS Global you can find more information about the types of visa and the requirements.