Applying for a long-stay Caribbean visa in Ireland

If you live in Ireland and need a visa to collect your residence permit for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom, find out about the rules and how to apply.

Due to the coronavirus, until further notice, you cannot apply for a visa at an embassy, consulate-general or external service provider such as VFS Global.

What do I need to do?

You can only apply for a long-stay visa if you have also applied for a residence permit.

You must always submit your application in person. Children under the age of 18 must also apply in person.

Bring the following documents with you. For every document, you must bring the original and one photocopy with you. The embassy or consulate cannot make photocopies for you.

Application form

You must submit a completed Caribbean visa application form. You must sign the form during your appointment in the presence of a consular officer.

Passport

You must provide a passport or other travel document containing at least two blank pages. It should be valid for at least 3 month after you leave the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.

When you submit your application, you must also submit your passport. If you need proof that your passport is being held by the embassy or consulate, bring an extra photocopy with you. The embassy or consulate will stamp the photocopy for you free of charge.

Documents for minors

If you are applying for a visa on behalf of a child under the age of 18, you must bring the child’s birth certificate and proof of identity for the child’s parent(s).

Proof of legal residence

You must be able to prove that your are legally resident in the country you are applying from. To do this, you can show your passport, residence permit or a visa.

Photo

Bring a photo that meets the Dutch requirements for passport photos.

Photocopy of letter from immigration service

Has your residence permit application been approved by the local immigration service? If so, you must submit a photocopy of the letter your sponsor received.

  • Aruba: temporary admission document (VTA)
  • Curaçao: letter of notification
  • St Maarten: landing permit
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba: authorisation for temporary stay (MVV-BES)

You should also bring any additional documents listed in the letter.

How much does a visa cost?

When you apply for a visa at a Dutch embassy or consulate, you must pay a fee. You can find the fee here. If you are applying through an external service provider, you will pay more.

How long does it take?

In most cases, you’ll be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful.

Applying for a visa in this country or region

How to apply for an airport transit or Caribbean visa in Ireland?

Make an appointment  via the online appointment system.

It is very busy with the visa appointments. The embassy is opening extra time slots daily but only has a limited capacity. We advice you to check the appointment system regularly. Appointments have to be made via the online appointment system.

Points of attention:

  • Important: appointment slots are not interchangeable. Did you for example make an appointment  for a passport, while in fact you want to apply for a visa? Then you won’t be able to submit your visa application on that day. In that case, you will have to schedule a new appointment via our online appointment system and you will have to come back another time.
  • Walk-ins aren't accepted.
  • Please make sure to bring a print of the online visa application form (to be filled out online), a photo that meets the Dutch requirements and all other required documents (depending on your purpose of travel).
  • Incomplete files, may result in a delay of the processing time of your visa application.

Processing time and collection of documents

You can come to pick up your passport 15 calendar days (official holidays not included) after the date of your application, from Monday until Friday between 11:00 and 12:00.

Before you come, please check the days on which the embassy is closed.

Any questions about the status of an application won't be answered if the 15 calendar days after the date of application haven't passed yet.

Any questions?

If, after reading the information on this page, you have a question you can send us an email via the contact form.

You can also check our contact page for other contact details.