Applying for an airport transit visa in Suriname

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

The Netherlands embassy in Paramaribo uses the services of VFS Global for the intake of Schengen visa. The embassy represents all other Schengen countries.

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).

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How to apply for a short stay visa in Suriname?

The Netherlands embassy in Paramaribo uses the services of the external service provider VFS Global for the intake of short stay Schengen and Caribbean* visa.
* Surinam passport holders do not need a visa for the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands.

For a timely appointment you are advised to book your appointment online via the website of VFS Global in Paramaribo. You can also check their website for the required documents.

The Netherlands embassy in Paramaribo represents all Schengen countries for short stay Schengen visa applications.

For an appointment at the Netherlands embassy in Paramaribo you can make an appointment via the online appointment system of the embassy.

What is the price of a Schengen or Caribbean short stay visa?

The prices of the visa :

  • € 60
  • children 6 - 12 years € 35
  • children 0 - 6 free of charge
  • Caribbean visa € 35

VFS Global will charge a service fee of € 29.