Dutch Caribbean Visa

As of 10 October 2010 it is possible to visit more than one Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands using a single 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, CuraƧao and St Maarten (only the part of The Kingdom of The Netherlands) and for the Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

The Caribbean visa is not valid for the Netherlands in Europe (where Schengen visa regulations apply). But the holders of a valid multi-entry visa for the Schengen area are visa exempt for travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, and the special municipalities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.

Please read below the rules of submission:

All visa applications have to be submitted by applicants in person. However, personal appearance of applicants can be waived in the following cases:

  • For children up to 16 years old.
  • For persons, who have obtained at least 2 Schengen visas within the last 3 years. A representative of such a person must present a valid and/ or previous international passport(s) containing such visa; to collect the results of the application the representative must have a power of attorney signed by the applicant and payment agreement, which was given to the applicant/representative after submitting documents.

Visa exemption categories (Caribbean region)

The following categories are exempted from the visa requirement:

  • holders of a valid residence permit for the United States, Canada, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland or Switzerland;
  • holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of St Maarten;
  • holders of a valid residence permit for one of the countries or public bodies (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean;
  • holders of a valid multi-entry visa for the Schengen area

For the full list of visa exempts, please, press here

NB:

  • The visa requirement applies to all children, regardless of age. Fees do not need to be paid for visa applications for children under the age of 6.
  • holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of St Maarten;
  • Even if married to a Dutch national, an alien whose nationality requires him or her to have a visa is still required to apply for a visa and pay the visa application fee.

People travelling on a passport that requires a visa for the Dutch Caribbean will have to submit the same documents as for a Schengen visa. Spouses and/or children of the European Union nationals will also have to submit a full set of documents. All applicants, including spouses and/or children of EU-nationals, will have to pay a non-refundable visa handling fee of EUR 35,00.

If you need a visa for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean and how to apply: