CARIBBEAN VISA

Overview

Travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consist of:
Aruba
Curaçao
Sint Maarten
Bonaire
Sint Eustatius
Saba

Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are autonomous countries within the Kingdom.

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (also referred to as the BES islands) are special municipalities of the Netherlands and constitute the Caribbean Netherlands.

Short stay (<90 days)

To find out whether you require a visa for short stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, please consult the following web link:https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/caribbean-visas/do-i-need-a-visa-for-the-caribbean-parts-of-the-kingdom

See the links below for detailed information on travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom:

Travel without visa:

https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/caribbean-visas/requirements-for-travelling-to-the-caribbean-parts-of-the-kingdom-without-a-visa

Visa short stay (<90 days):

https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/caribbean-visas/short-stay-caribbean-visa

Long stay (>90 days):

If you want to stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for longer than 90 consecutive days, you need to have a residence permit. Residence permits are issued by the competent authority of the country where you wish to move to. For more information on how to apply for a residence and/or work permit, see: https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/caribbean-visas/long-stay-caribbean-visa-and-residence-permit

Visa Fees

Applicants applying at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre shall be levied a non-refundable service charge of TND 100.

VISA   EURO   TND
Schengen visa, normal tariff 60,00 204.000
Schengen visa. Low tariff: (minors (6-11) 35,00 119.000
Schengen visa, low tariff: Visumfacilitation (citizens of Albania/Armenia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Georgia/ Macedonia/ Moldavia/Montenegro/Russia/Serbia/Ukraine) * 35,00 119.000
Carribbean visa (max. 30 days) 35,00 119.000
Schengen visa, high tariff 70,00 238.000
MVV (Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf) different fees depending on type of mvv) - -  

* The European Union has concluded visa facilitation agreements with these countries.

Adult nationals of Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro are exempt from the visa requirement, provided that they hold a valid passport containing biometric data (fingerprints and facial image).

All payments will be collected in Tunisian Dinar (cash only) as per the local exchange rate.

The Visa fees can be paid by Cash only. It is subject to change without notice. The fee is non-refundable

The following categories do not have to pay the Schengen visa application fee:

  • Children under six years of age
  • Nationals from Armenia* and Azerbaijan under 12 years old
  • Pupils, students, graduates and accompanying teachers who are travelling for educational purposes
  • Scientific researchers if invited by scientific institutions
  • The spouse, registered partner and children below 21 years of age as well as other dependent direct family members (children or parents from applicant or partner) of non-Dutch EU/EER Nationals travelling to or residing in another member state than that of which he/she is a national
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 or less, participating in seminars, conferences, sports, or cultural or educational events
  • Work-related visa for applicants employed by Dutch based International Organizations (OPCW/Intern. Tribunal, Unesco/ IHE/ ITC/ International Criminal Court (ICC)) and their family members who form permanently part of the household.

Please note that satisfactory proof must be submitted to establish that one of the above exemptions applies.

Documents Required

Checklist Caribbean Visa

  • Complete the online Caribbean visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is mandatory to use this form to apply for a Caribbean Visa.
  • The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.

Caribbean visa application form


Photo Specifications

Photograph Quality

The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35-40mm in width
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 -80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases

The photographs must be:

  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting

The photographs must be:

  • Be colour neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible-no hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and head covers

If you wear glasses:

  • the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames - wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head coverings :

  • Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame

Your photographs must:

  • show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.

Processing Time

Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 3 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.

The minimum processing time of a visa application is 2 weeks, so applicants are advised to leave enough time - between the appointment date and travel date - for the Mission to process their visa application; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.

For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes 3 weeks.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas & New Year’s period, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.  

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Download Forms


Caribbean visa application form

  • Complete the online Caribbean visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is mandatory to use this form to apply for a Caribbean Visa.
  • The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.