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Caribbean Visa

Overview

Visas for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

A Caribbean 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. It is possible to visit more than one Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands using a single Caribbean visa.

If you need a visa for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean (please click here for information about which nationalities 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 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

Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in Thailand. VFS Charges an extra service fee for this service, to be paid by the applicant.

  • For the official visa fees charged by the Dutch government, click here.
  • VFS service charge:

Apart from the visa fee, VFS service charge in THB 605 (for submission with biometrics) inclusive of VAT per application will be levied for applicants applying at the visa application centre.

  • Visa Fee Payment can only be made in cash and credit card.
All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

  • It is mandatory to use this form to apply for a 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.


    Online Caribbean visa application form

  • 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 six months from the departure date (including 2 photocopy of bio page and 1 photocopy set of every visa stamps and immigration stamps pages
  • A copy of the travel document’s personal details page;
  • 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;
  • 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.

For more information about required documents, click here.

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 Caribbean 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. 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 notarised 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:

  • Print out of the APPOINTMENT LETTER has to be carried to VFS Netherlands Visa Application Centre at the time of applying for the Visa.
  • The required documents must be submitted on the day of application. The documents can be in English or Dutch. Documents in any other language should be accompanied with an authorized translation.
  • Non Thai citizen residing in Thailand must present proof of a long stay visa, work permit or resident permit that is valid for at least 3 months after departure from the Caribbean. Only legal residents in Thailand can request a Caribbean visa from VFS or the Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok.

Photo Specifications

Please click here for more information on photo specifications.

Processing Time

Processing a Caribbean visa application usually takes up to 15 calendar days.

Applicants are 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 to the Caribbean. 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.

Download Forms

Netherlands Caribbean visa application form

Important:

  • It is mandatory to use this form to apply for a 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.