Transfer at a Dutch airport

If you will be making a short stop at a Dutch airport you may need an airport transit visa.

What is an airport transit visa?

An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Dutch airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area. The visa (also referred to as an 'A' visa) does not allow you to enter the Netherlands or another Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport, nor the international zone of the airport.

Do I need an airport transit visa?

Whether you need an airport transit visa depends on a number of things, including your nationality. The Visa Advisor helps you determine whether you need an airport transit visa.

Regardless of whether or not you need an airport transit visa, it is the airline that decides to allow you onto the flight or not. Even if you have the necessary documents for your journey.

Applying for an airport transit visa

Do you want to apply for an airport transit visa? How and where you do this differs from country to country.

Changing planes for onward travel within the Schengen Area: short-stay visa

If you are travelling to another Schengen country via the Netherlands, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.