Applying for an airport transit visa in Iran

If you live in Iran or if you are coming from Iraq and want to apply for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol airport), find out about the rules and how to apply.

Important notice: due to the spreading of the corona virus in Iran, the Netherlands embassy in Tehran has decided to change the criteria for visa applications from Sunday, March 8, 2020 until further notice. Please read the news item on the home page of the website of VFS Global for more information.

Due to the coronavirus, until further notice, you cannot apply for a visa at an embassy, consulate-general or external service provider such as VFS Global.

Corona virus: extension of visa validity is not possible

It is not possible to extend a visa. Not even if, due to circumstances, the visa expired unused. You will have to apply for a new visa.

U.S. travel ban: restriction on airport transit visa applications

Until further notice, we cannot accept applications for an airport transit visa for the Netherlands by applicants having one of the following U.S. visa: B1 (Business), B2 (Pleasure), F1 (Academic Student), H1B (Speciality Occupation), J1 (Exchange Visitor). This restriction does not apply to Dutch Caribbean visa.

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

How to apply for a short stay visa in Iran?

Visa applications have to be submitted at the VFS office in Tehran.
Appointments have to be made via the website of VFS Global in Tehran.

It is very busy with visa applications. This will result in longer waiting times before you can schedule an appointment to submit your visa application.

Important: appointment slots at the embassy are not interchangeable. Did you, for example, make an appointment  for a consular statement or a passport, while in fact you want to apply for a short-stay visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your application at the embassy on that date. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment with VFS Global via the online appointment system of VFS Global in Tehran. You will have wait and submit your visa application at the date of your new appointment at the VFS Global office in Tehran.

Collection of your document

You can collect your passport with the receipt of your visa application at the VFS Global office 15 days after submission.

Negative decision on your visa application

If the decision on your visa application is negative, your passport will be returned to you with a letter stating the reason(s) for the negative decision. You will be requested to sign for the receipt of this letter.

Please read the letter carefully as it also contains information on the possibility to object to a negative decision. An objection is lodged in the Netherlands at the Ministry of Justice.