From December 1, Turkish nationals who will transit through the Netherlands’ airports to a destination outside the EU or Schengen Area will need a Transit Schengen visa. The Transit Schengen Visas are issued at Schengen Area member country embassies and consulates. Travelers who must leave the airport’s international transit zone will need a Schengen visa instead.
There are many exemptions to the new rule:
- Individuals with a valid Schengen visa or a long-term visa issued by countries in the EU and Schengen Area, Canada, the United States, or Japan.
- Turkish citizens with a valid residence permit issued by countries in the Schengen Area, Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino, the United States, or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- Holders of Turkish diplomatic, service, or official passport.
- Family members of a national of an EU or EEA member state or Switzerland.
- Crew members of an airline’s aircraft registered in a country party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
The policy will apply to travelers regardless of when the ticket was purchased.
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