Caribbean Short Stay Visa

Overview

As of 10 October 2010 it is possible to visit more than one Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands using a single non-Schengen visa. The visa is valid for all parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean for a visit as a tourist or for a short stay in the countries Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten and for the Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

If you need a visa for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean (please click here for more information about which do not require a Caribbean visa) and wish to apply, please click here for more information

Visa Validity

When you receive your visa, please read it carefully and inform the Netherlands Visa Application Centre if you find an error. Correction of any errors discovered after leaving the Visa Application Centre will require new visa registration and payment of new handling fee.


Application for a Minor

Please note that if you are applying for a Caribbean visa for a minor, there are specific requirements regarding the documents that need to be submitted. For more information, please see the tab ‘Documents Required’.

Visa Fees

category VISA FEE VFS SERVICE FEE TOTAL PAYABLE AT VFS (Cash)
Caribbean Visa Php  2,220 Php 1,620 Php  3,840
Caribbean visa for children below the age of 6 years Gratis Php 1,620 Php 1,620

Documents Required

  • A recent passport photograph, in colour, that satisfies prevailing international standards on size and composition;
  • Proof of reservation for the journey (return ticket);
  • Proof of a hotel reservation, if you are staying in a hotel or apartment;
  • A valid travel document (e.g. passport) valid at least three months beyond the validity of the visa;
  • A copy of the travel document’s personal information/signature page and any previously issued visa;
  • A guarantor’s declaration if your purpose of travel is a family visit or if you are travelling to the country concerned at the invitation of a resident, organisation or other body.
  • Proof of sufficient means of support (e.g. bank statements of last three months, letter of employer, recent tax return);
  • If you are not a national of the country in which you are resident, a copy of your valid residence permit;
  • Valid health insurance or travel insurance (including medical coverage) providing cover of at least 15,000 US dollars.
  • There may be extra requirements depending on your purpose of travel.

Application for a Minor

 

Please note that if you are applying for a Caribbean visa for a minor, there are additional required documents (not necessarily mentioned on the checklist):

 

  1. a Schengen application form that is signed by BOTH parents of the minor;
  2. the birth certificate of the minor (please bring the original and a clearly readable copy; the original will not be sent with the application but will be checked when submitting the application);
  3. 3) a copy of the identity documents of BOTH parents. IMPORTANT: the original identity document must bear/contain a signature of the holder and the copy of the identity document should also show this signature. For example, if in the passport of the parents, the signature is on a different page than the personal details page, the copy of the identity document should be of both the personal details page and the page with the signature. If the identity document is an identity card that is signed on the back, the copy of the identity document must be of both the front and back of the card. If the original identity document of the parent(s) of the minor does not bear a signature of the parent(s), the parent(s) will have to submit a notarized copy of their signature to confirm that the signature on the application form of the minor, is indeed the signature of the parent(s).
  4. a declaration from the minor’s school consenting to their absence if the minor is travelling outside of school holidays.

If the minor will be travelling alone or with only one parent, the application should also contain a signed declaration of consent from the parent or parents who will not be travelling with the minor, stating that the minor has permission to travel.


If one of the parents has been allocated parental responsibility for the minor, you need to submit a copy of the signed identity document of the parent with parental responsibility, the court judgment stating that the parent has been allocated parental responsibility for the minor, the application form for the parents signed by the parent with parental authority and, if the minor is travelling alone, a letter of consent from the parent with parental responsibility. The birth certificate of the minor and the letter of consent from the school (if travelling outside school holidays) are also required.

NOTE:

  • Please enclose all the above documents in 1 long brown envelope. Please do not write anything on the envelope.

Photo Specifications

Please click here for more information on photo specifications

Processing Time

The processing time for a Caribbean visa is generally about 1 week.  Applicants are strongly advised to make an appointment well in advance of the travel date so that their application is submitted at VFS at least 3 to 4 weeks before the travel date but no earlier than three (3) months prior to their departure. Please be aware that in the run-up to holidays (generally the period March up to and including July) and festive seasons the waiting time to get an appointment increases considerably.

Please note: After applying for your visa, you will not be able to borrow your passport back while your visa application is being processed.  

Also, kindly only make travel plans that you can cancel until your passport has been returned to you.

Online Forms

When filling this online form, please ready your passport and travel itinerary.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Applicants,

Please be informed that the applicants might be contacted directly by the Embassy for information regarding additional documents or interview request through e-mail or phone. Therefore, please ensure that details are written in correct and readable format. It is also advisable to write the e-mail address in BLOCK LETTERS.

We humbly request you to adhere to this instruction to avoid delay in the visa processing.