Applying for an airport transit visa in United Kingdom

If you live in United Kingdom 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, 187 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.

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

Applications via VFS Global

The Dutch embassy in London uses the services of VFS Global to handle short stay visa applications.

All Schengen visa applicants - including all Orange Carpet applicants - have to submit their visa applications at the VFS offices in London, Edinburgh or Manchester.

Check the requirements and make an appointment via the website of VFS Global.

Applications lodged at VFS are sent to the ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague for processing. Processing time for visa applications is at least 14 days. Applicants can contact VFS for status updates after this period has elapsed.

Applications via the Netherlands embassy in London

Only the following categories can submit an application at the Embassy in London (by appointment only):

  1. Diplomatic passport holders with an original verbal note stating the purpose and duration of their stay in the Netherlands.
  2. Visa applicants for the Dutch Caribbean.
  3. Holders of Dutch residence permits who have lost their residence permit whilst visiting the UK (processing time approximately 7 working days).

There may be exceptions but these will be dealt with on an individual basis after the applicant has notified the embassy of the emergency or special circumstances. It will be at the embassy’s discretion to decide whether the applicant may or may not submit their application at the embassy.

Send an e-mail to the embassy to make an appointment.

The consular section is closed every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. For additional closure dates please check our website.