Travelling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists 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 weblink: Click here

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

Travel without visa: Click here

Visa short stay (<90 days): Click here

Long stay (>90 days): Click here

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.

Visa Fees

Applicants applying at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre shall be levied a non-refundable service charge of 67 QAR.

Schengen visa,normal tariff 60,00 240
Schengen visa. Low tariff: [minors(6-11)] 35,00 140
Schengen visa, low tariff: Visum facilitation ( Citizens of Armenia/Azerbaijan/Cape Verde/Kosovo/Georgia/Russia/Ukraine Nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are exempt from the visa requirement, provided that they hold a valid passport containing biometric data (Fingerprints and facial image). 35,00 140
Carribbean visa(max. 30 days) 35,00 140
Schengenvisa, high tariff 70,00 281
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, 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 local currency (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.
The visa application fee is fixed in Euros but payable in local currency. The exchange rate between these currencies is decided by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is updated periodically.

Documents Required

Photo Specifications

Photograph Quality

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

photograph quality 2

  • The photographs must:
  • 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

photograph style and lightening

  • 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

phtograph glasses and head covers sample

  • If you wear glasses:
  • Be colour neutral
  • 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

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

The processing time for a Caribbean visa is approximately 15 calendar days, but may take considerably longer if additional documents are required. You are therefore advised to submit your application well before your intended travel date. The Caribbean visa is not valid for travel to Schengen.

Download Forms

pdf img Caribbean Visa Application Form

  • (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.