Dutch Caribbean

Important Notice: Indian passport holders who have a US visa or a Canadian visa or Schengen Visa do not require a Caribbean visa.


As from 10 October 2010 the Netherlands Antilles has been dissolved as a political entity. The Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands henceforth consist of Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands (of which the latter comprises the Dutch public bodies of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba). This political reform will directly affect the issue of visas: the four Caribbean parts of the Kingdom (Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands) will have a single visa. This means that travelers who want to visit more than one Caribbean part will need only to apply and pay for a single visa which enables them to visit the four different parts.


Do Indian nationals need a Caribbean visa?


Indian nationals travelling to the Dutch Caribbean in general need to apply for a Caribbean visa. However some exceptions can be made:


Who does not need a Caribbean visa?


  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or one of the Schengen countries.
  • Indian passport holders who have a valid US or Canadian visa
  • Holders of a valid multiple entry Schengen visa
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of Sint Maarten
  • Holders of a valid residence permit (for a stay for longer than 6 months) for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • Captains, passengers or crew of ships or aircraft landing in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands for a period of not more than 48 hours who do not constitute a threat to public order or security in the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • Passengers on cruise ships staying not more than 48 hours on the island/country.
  • Holders of a Laissez Passer issued by the United Nations and its affiliated organizations.

To what parts can be travelled with a Caribbean visa?


The Caribbean visa is valid for all four parts: Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands. However travelling from one part to the other still requires passing through normal immigration procedures for each separate part.


Transit


There are no transit visas or airport transit visas for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands.


Nationals who require a Caribbean visa who are in transit via one of the international airports of Curaçao, St. Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands wanting to leave the transit area for more than 48 hours must apply for a visitor’s visa. If they do not leave the transit area, or if they leave it for less than 48 hours, they do not require a visa.


Please bear in mind that for ARUBA the applicant can only stay for a maximum of 24 hours after which period a visitor’s visa is required.