Applying for an airport transit visa in Indonesia

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

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.

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

As of 1 July 2016, it is not possible anymore to submit your visa application at the Consulates in Surabaya, Denpasar and Medan. The Netherlands has contracted out the Visa application process in Indonesia to an external service provider VFS.

VFS Global, in Jakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar, shall handle the collection of visa applications for short stay.

  • VFS Global Jakarta: Kuningan City, 1st floor No. L2-30/32, Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 18 Setiabudi, Kuningan, Jakarta – 12940, Indonesia
  • VFS Global Surabaya: 10th Floor, Unit 11, Graha Bukopin, Jalan Panglima Sudirman No. 10-18, Surabaya - 60271, Indonesia
  • VFS Global Denpasar: 3rd floor No. 14.3/A, Benoa Square, Jalan By pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 21A, Kedonganan, Kuta, Bali - 80361, Indonesia

Make an appointment for a Schengen or Caribbean visa via the website of VFS Global.

It is possible to submit your application in person at the embassy. However, the number of available time slots is limited. To make an appointment go to the online appointment system.