Applying for an airport transit visa in Georgia

Since 28 March 2017, Georgian citizens holding a valid biometric passport 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 as of this date Georgian citizens in possession of a valid biometric passport no longer have to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa.

The visa exemption however, does not mean that travelers will be automatically allowed to enter the territory of the Netherlands and other Schengen countries. Georgian citizens must be able to present to the border police all the documents explaining the purpose and conditions of their stay.

If you are a Georgian citizen with a non-biometric passport or if you have another nationality and you have a Georgian residence permit, you will need a visa for the Netherlands. In that case we advise you to read the information on this page carefully.

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. 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 visa application procedure in Georgia

Before you apply, you must provide a number of documents to ensure that your application is assessed correctly. Please complete the appropriate checklist:

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting for business

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting to buy a car

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting as a driver

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting as a journalist

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting for mediacal treatment

Checklist visa application Georgia - Official visit

Checklist visa application Georgia - Visiting professional events

Checklist visa application Georgia - visiting official exchange programmes organised by twin cities

Checklist visa application Georgia - visiting as a representative of a civil society organisation

Checklist visa application Georgia - visiting scientific, cultural or artistic activities

Checklist visa application Georgia - visiting sports events

Checklist visa application Georgia - visiting for study or educational training

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How to apply

Visa applications for a short stay visa with main destination the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium or Luxemburg for Georgian citizens holding a non-biometric passport or for non-Georgian citizens with a Georgian residence permit, can be submitted at the Netherlands embassy in Tbilisi.

Make an appointment

You wil have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Please make sure to bring the relevant required documents (see checklists above)

Address embassy

The address of the embassy: Pixelcenter, 34 Ilia Chavchavadze ave. Tbilisi. See contact page for more contact details and closing days of the embassy.

Schengen visa application procedure for nationals of Armenia

Are you an Armenian national and would you like to apply for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands?

Armenian nationals residing in Georgia can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Armenian nationals residing in Armenia should apply at the VFS Global office in Yerevan.

Schengen visa application procedure for nationals of Azerbaijan

When you live in Azerbaijan and you wish to visit the Netherlands for a short stay (maximum stay of 90 days),  you have to apply  at the French embassy in Baku.

For more information about the application procedure you can reach the French embassy on the following phone number: (+99412) 4908100. For general enquiries, you can send an e-mail.

Any questions?

In case you have a question after reading the information on this page, you can send an email via the contact form.

We will normally reply to your email within 48 hours.