Applying for an airport transit visa in Canada

If you live in Canada and want to apply for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands, find out about the rules and how to apply. People living in the US are free to submit their airport transit visa application at one of the missions in Canada if that is more convenient for them.

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 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.

You must also provide a number of documents to ensure that your application is assessed correctly.
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.

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

Applications via VFS Global

Visa applications 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 the VAC in Edmonton, Toronto or Vancouver. Check the required documents and book an appointment online via the website of VFS Global.

Applications at the Dutch embassy or consulates-general

Visa applications can also be submitted at the Dutch embassy in Ottawa, the consulate-general in Toronto or the consulate-general in Vancouver. Please make an appointment online.

We cannot communicate as to the status of your application. You will be notified via e-mail about the decision of your visa, and when to collect your document.  

Check the contact page of the embassy in Ottawa or the consulates-general in Toronto or Vancouver for contact details and opening times. Check these mailing instructions if you prefer us to return your document by courier or 'Xpresspost'.