Caribbean visas

The global development regarding the COVID-19 virus has far-reaching consequences for the services provided by Dutch embassies worldwide, including external service providers such as visa agencies.

This means that until at least 28 April 2020 no passport applications, visa applications for short and long stays (authorization for temporary stay, mvv) will be collected via embassies and visa agencies.

Other services, such as DNA tests, identity screening, legalization of documents and 'basic civic integration examination abroad' will not take place during this period. 

For more information see: visas for the Netherlands

Do I need a visa?

If you are visiting the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for 90 days or less, you may not need a visa.

You do not need a visa if you are a citizen of one of the countries whose nationals are exempted from the visa requirement. For example, visitors from the United States and European Union countries do not need a visa.

In most cases, you will not need a Caribbean visa if you are transiting or if you are a passenger on a cruise ship.

Travelling without a visa

Even if you do not need a visa, you must meet the entry requirements for visa-free travel.

What is a Caribbean visa?

The main types of visa are the short-stay visa and the long-stay visa. A Caribbean visa allows travellers to visit all Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. These are:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Visa for 90 days or less

A short-stay visa lets you visit the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.

Visa for more than 90 days

If you wish to stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for longer than 90 days, you will need a residence permit. To collect this residence permit, you may need to apply for a long-stay visa.

Caribbean Carpet Programme

Do you need a Caribbean visa? And do you regularly travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom? The Caribbean Carpet Programme can sometimes make arranging a visa easier.