Caribbean visas

If you want to visit Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the other Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, you may need a Caribbean visa. This depends on your nationality and the length of your stay.

As of February 1, 2020 higher rates apply for Schengen and Caribbean visa applications. See news item for more information.

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.