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CARIBBEAN VISA SHORT STAY

Overview

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, Curacao 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.

For more information about Caribbean visa, such as whether you require a Caribbean visa, click here. For specific information about applying for a Caribbean visa in Vietnam, click here.

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

Please note that VFS Global offers an additional optional service for visa applicants in Vietnam. 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 VND 410,000 (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.
  • All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

To be submitted on the day of application. The documents can be in English or in Dutch. Documents in any other language should be accompanied with an authorized translation.

  • Completed Caribbean visa application form, signed and dated.

    • Complete the online Caribbean visa application form, print it out and take it to your appointment. It is strongly recommended to complete the form using the online portal instead of the paper format.
    • The portal will guide you through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.
  • A recent passport photograph, in color, that satisfies prevailing international standards on size and composition.
  • A valid travel document (e.g. passport) valid at least three months beyond the validity of the visa with 2 blank pages.
  • A copy of the travel document’s personal details page, previously issued visas (including in any previous passports) .
  • If you are not a national of the country in which you are resident: Evidence of legal residence in the country that you are applying from, e.g. a passport, visa or residence permit and work permit (if applicable). Residence permit should be valid for at least 3 months after departure from the Caribbean parts.
  • Travel itinerary (travel reservation in your name, not a ticket).
  • Proof of sufficient means of support: for example 3 recent bank statements, letter from employer with information about employment, income and approval for leave, recent tax return form and business license (if self-employed).
  • Proof of a hotel reservation for the duration of your visit or proof that you will be staying with family/friends.
  • A guarantee letter if your purpose of travel is to visit family/friends. If your host is financially responsible for you, proof that your host has sufficient means of support.
  • If travelling for business, a letter from the inviting company in the Caribbean parts and employer support letter, on company letterhead.
  • Valid health insurance or travel insurance (including medical coverage) providing cover of at least €15,000.
  • 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 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 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.

Photo Specifications

One photograph must be submitted with each application. Please follow these instructions carefully.

Processing Time

Processing a Caribbean visa application usually takes up to one week.

Applicants are advised to submit their application at least 3 weeks prior to their departure date, however, not sooner than 6 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. 

Download Forms

PDF icon Online 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 through the application questions and will make sure you do not forget to enter any necessary values.