Applying for an airport transit visa in Ireland

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

Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global. Please check if you can make an appointment via the online appointment system. Are there no dates available? Then it is not yet possible to submit an application.

Brexit: change in airport transit visa requirement as of 1 January 2021

Do you, based on your nationality, need an airport transit visa but are you exempted because you hold a UK visa or residence permit? As of January 1, 2021 this exemption does no longer apply. You will require an airport transit visa.

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.

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 an airport transit or Caribbean visa in Ireland?

Make an appointment  via the online appointment system.

It is very busy with the visa appointments. The embassy is opening extra time slots daily but only has a limited capacity. We advice you to check the appointment system regularly. Appointments have to be made via the online appointment system.

Points of attention:

  • Important: appointment slots are not interchangeable. Did you for example make an appointment  for a passport, while in fact you want to apply for a visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your visa application on that day. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment via our online appointment system and you will have to come back another time.
  • Walk-ins aren't accepted.
  • Please make sure to bring a print of the online visa application form (to be filled out online), a photo that meets the Dutch requirements and all other required documents (depending on your purpose of travel).
  • Incomplete files, may result in a delay of the processing time of your visa application.

Processing time and collection of documents

You can come to pick up your passport 15 calendar days (official holidays not included) after the date of your application, from Monday until Friday between 11:00 and 12:00.

Before you come, please check the days on which the embassy is closed.

Any questions about the status of an application won't be answered if the 15 calendar days after the date of application haven't passed yet.

Any questions?

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

You can also check our contact page for other contact details.