When do I need a Caribbean visa?
For a short stay in one of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom (formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles), you may require a Caribbean visa. This visa is valid in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba). If you are Dutch you will not need a Caribbean visa if you stay in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Application for a Caribbean visa to stay up to 90 days
Unless your nationality is on the list of countries whose nationals do not require a Caribbean visa, you will require a Caribbean visa for a short stay in one of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The visa allows you to stay a maximum of 30 days in any one of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. If you want to visit several Caribbean parts of the Kingdom (for instance on an island-hopping holiday), you will not be permitted to stay there for longer than 90 days over a period of one year. You could, for instance, stay in Aruba for 30 days, in Curaçao for 21 days, in Bonaire for 21 days and in St Maarten for 18 days – a total trip of 90 days.
If you wish to apply for a Caribbean visa, please sign and complete a visa application form for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean. You should submit the form to a Dutch embassy or consulate in your country.
When is a visa required?
Whether or not you need a visa depends on your situation and nationality.
Applying for a visa to stay longer than 90 days
If you want to stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a residence and/or work permit for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean in advance.
Processing times for Caribbean visa applications
Processing a visa application usually takes up to one week. The Dutch mission in your country can inform you about processing times.
Caribbean visa fee
When you apply for a Caribbean visa, you must pay in advance in order for your application to be processed. This does not automatically mean that you will granted a visa. The application fee for a Caribbean visa is €35. There is no charge for visas for children aged five and under.
A visa for all the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom
A Caribbean visa is usually valid for all the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom: They are as follows:
- St Maarten
- Caribbean Netherlands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
If the Caribbean visa is ‘territorially limited’, it will be valid only in some Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. This means that you will be unable to enter some of the parts for reasons of national security, public order or public health.
Refusal of applications for a Caribbean visa
If you are refused a visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, you will receive a letter stating why. The letter will also say whether you can lodge an objection and, if so, how. If your application is refused, the visa application fee will not be refunded by the embassy or consulate.
Visa contact information
In case you have any questions about visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom you may contact:
The Public Information Service of the Government of the Netherlands
The Public Information Service can be reached by telephone on weekdays between 8 am and 8 pm via telephone number:
- within the Netherlands: 1400 (local rates)
- from abroad: +31 77 465 67 67
By e-mail: email@example.com