Applying for an airport transit visa in the United States

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

Step-by-step guide to applying for a visa

  1. Choose the right visa
  2. Apply for a visa in your country
  3. Object to the decision to refuse your application

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 (PDF). On the 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.
  • The photo you submit with your application must meet the Dutch requirements.
  • When you submit your application your fingerprints will be taken. These will be held for 5 years. Some applicants, such as children under the age of 12, do not need to have their fingerprints taken.
  • You will be charged a fee for your application. If you apply through an external service provider you will also have to pay an extra fee to the provider.

Useful documents

There are also a number of documents that you do not have to provide but that will help in assessing your application. See the airport transit checklist (PDF, 228 KB).

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. If you apply through an external service provider, such as a visa agency, you will have to pay an extra fee to the provider.

How long does it take?

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you intend to travel. 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 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. Your application will also 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

Where and how can I book a visa appointment in the USA?

Applications in Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco (via VFS Global)

Visa applications for Schengen and Caribbean visa can be submitted at the Dutch visa application centers (VAC) of VFS Global. All applications will be sent to and assessed by the Regional Support Office (RSO) of the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs in Washington, DC. 

You can submit your application at a VAC in Chicago, Houston, New York or San Francisco.

Check the required documents and book an appointment online via the website of VFS Global.

Applications in Washington and Miami

The visa application centers in Washington DC and Miami will open on May 15th. Applicants can start making appointments via the website of VFS.

Applications from the islands (not possible at the moment)

Applicants from the islands (e.g. the Bahama's, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico etc.) should submit their application in person at the consulate general in Miami (after having made an appointment).

Schedule an appointment via the online appointment system.

Once you have submitted you application, you can return to your home town with your passport and send you passport back to the consulate general as soon as possible. The consulate general will need the passport to process your visa application.