Applying for a long-stay Caribbean visa in New Zealand

If you live in New Zealand 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.

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.


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.


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

Applications at the Dutch embassy in Wellington

Make an appointment to apply for your visa.

Check the status of your visa application.

Check our contact page for contact details and opening times.

Requirements Passport Photos

The following photographers have been notified of the Dutch requirements for photos:

Unichem Lambton Quay
74-82 Lambton Quay, Bowen House
Ph.: 044720293

Have your document sent by post

You can also have your passport with the visa sent to you by post. The embassy uses a courier service to do so. 
If you wish to make use of this service, please let us know during your application and fill out your adddress details on an envelope at the counter. The extra costs to have your document sent by post are 8 NZD. You must pay this amount during your application.

Applications via VFS Global

From 13 December 2019, visa applications can also be submitted at the Dutch visa application center (VAC) of VFS Global in Auckland. VFS Global is an external service provider. All applications will be sent to and assessed by the Regional Support Office (RSO) of the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs. As soon as it is possible to make an appointment, you can do so via a link on this page.