Q&A's Caribbean visa

Read the frequently asked questions with regard to Caribbean visa.

Last update: 13 July 2020, 11:25 AM.

Can I still apply for a Caribbean visa?

No, until further notice you cannot apply for a regular Caribbean visa at an embassy, consulate general or external servic provider.

When can I apply for a Caribbean visa again?

From March 2020, the entry conditions for persons who want to travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have been tightened due to the developments regarding the COVID-19 virus. Due to these developments, you cannot apply for a visa until further notice.

Will I receive my already paid fee back from a submitted Caribbean visa application?

The visa fee of already issued visas that have not been used by COVID-19 will not be refunded. You must submit a new application. This can be done when the appointment system is open again.

I have not yet been able to leave for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Can the period of my issued Caribbean visa be extended?

The duration of issued visas of travelers who have not yet been able to travel to Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands due to cancelled flights cannot be extended. A new visa application must be submitted at the moment the appointment system has been reopened.

I have obtained a valid visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands before the travel restrictions. Can I enter the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at this moment?

You can contact the local authorities of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom the Netherlands for the local entry conditions and applicable travel restrictions. The BES (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba) also applies that travel restrictions are in place. The travel restrictions for the Caribbean Netherlands can be found at the website Rijksdienstcn.com: Travel advice Caribbean Netherlands.

When I can travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands?

The countries (Aruba, Curaçao & St. Maarten) have lifted their entry restrictions for several countries, including the Netherlands, as of 1 July 2020.

Attention! The local situation and measures are changing rapidly. Check the website of the local authorities for the latest information:

Attention! The entry restrictions and the local health and insurance requirements are not the same. Check per island what the applicable conditions are.

Are there special conditions to travel to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and during my stay?

All islands have taken measures to combat the COVID-19 virus and also impose health and insurance requirements on visitors. These conditions can also change quickly. Consult the website of the local authorities for the latest information:

Attention! The entry restrictions and the local health and insurance requirements are not the same. Check per island what the applicable conditions are.

Is it possible to travel between the different Caribbean islands?

From 1 July 2020 it is possible to travel between the countries Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire. The local situation and measures are changing rapidly. Check the website of the local authorities for the latest information:

Do I need a Caribbean visa to pick up my residence permit?

You do not need a visa if your nationality is on the list of visa free travelers for Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. This applies, for example, to Americans and citizens of the European Union. Also in a number of other cases you do not need a visa for the Caribbean Kingdom parts.

For the BES (Bonaire, Eustatius, Saba) islands you do need to apply for a Caribbean visa at the relevant embassy in addition to your MVV letter, even if your nationality is on the list of visa free travelers.