Airport transit visa

If you will be making a short stop at a Dutch airport you may need an airport transit visa.

Due to the coronavirus, until further notice, you cannot apply for a visa at most embassies, consulates-general or external service providers such as VFS Global.

What is an airport transit visa?

An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Dutch airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area. The visa (also referred to as an 'A' visa) does not allow you to enter the Netherlands or another Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport, nor the international zone of the airport.

Changing planes for onward travel within the Schengen Area: short-stay visa

If you are travelling to another Schengen country via the Netherlands, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

Changing planes two times within the Schengen Area for onward travel outside Schengen: short-stay visa

If you are transiting through two different Schengen airports for onward travel to a country outside Schengen and the first transit airport is in the Netherlands, you need to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

Do I need an airport transit visa?

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. Read the frequently asked questions on the page Q&A's Effects of Brexit on airport transit visa.

Whether you need an airport transit visa depends on a number of things, including your nationality. The Visa Advisor helps you determine whether you need an airport transit visa.

Regardless of whether or not you need an airport transit visa, it is the airline that decides to allow you onto the flight or not. Even if you have the necessary documents for your journey.

Applying for an airport transit visa

Procedures for applying for a transit visa vary from country to country.