Applying for an airport transit visa in Kenya

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

From the 1st of December 2019 only the new East African Community biometric e-Passport can be accepted for Schengen visa applications. See news item for more information.

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.

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).

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Visa application procedure in Kenya

Select the checklist on this webpage to see which documents you need to apply for your visa, have a look at the photo requirements and select the correct visa application form.

Make sure you choose the correct category for your appointment.

Please note that only family members can share a timeslot for 2 persons. For example:

A family consisting of 3 persons will need to book 2 time slots. A family of 5 persons will need to book 3 time slots.

Make an appointment to apply for your visa.

Check the status of your visa application.

Visa collection / checking the status of the visa application

From Monday until Thursday between 14.00 - 15.00 hours visa you can go to the embassy to pick up or check the status of their visa application. At the moment of application you will get a collection sheet (copy of their passport with stamp of the embassy) which they need to bring with them.

Before your come, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

If you can't come yourself, you can authorise someone else to pick up or check the status of the visa. You can write an authorisation letter. The collection sheet is a requirement of picking up or checking the status so it needs to be given to the authorised person.