Consular Services, Western Hemisphere

Traveling to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

For a stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, you may require a Caribbean visa, which will permit you to visit several Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.

A Caribbean visa can be used to visit for some or all the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. These are the countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

Nationalities not requiring a Caribbean visa short stay (30 days)

You are exempt from obtaining a Caribbean visa if your nationality is mentioned on the list of countries whose nationals do not require a Caribbean visa.
Besides these nationalities the following travelers are also exempt:

  • Holders of a valid Schengen visa (the schengen visa needs to be valid upon arrival and departure);
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the USA (ARC), Canada (PR Card), a Schengen State, the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Switzerland;
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of Sint Maarten;
  • Captain and crewmembers of an air plane or ship, who during a period of less than 48 hours are staying over, as long as they pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations;
  • Holders of a valid residence permit for one of the constituent countries (St. Martin, Aruba, Curaçao) or special municipalities (Bonaire, Sint Eustasius, Saba);
  • Holders of a permit to stay/residence permit for one of the Netherlands Caribbean territories valid for a stay of more than six months;
  • Visa required aliens, with a permit to return or return visa (BES). A permit to return is a document issued to an alien who temporarily needs to travel abroad, which will allow him/her to return to Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten;
  • Passengers on a cruise ship staying for less than 48 hours (Aruba: less than 24 hours);
  • Holders of a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations;
  • Cruise ship passengers who spend less than 48 hours on the respective island;

The following nationals are also exempt under the condition that they are in possession of a valid multiple entry visa to the US or Canada to travel visa free to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Nationality

Aruba

Curaçao

Sint Maarten

 Caribbean NL

Bolivia

V

V

V

V

China

V

V

V

V

Colombia

V

Visa free

Visa free

V

Cuba

V

VISA REQUIRED

V

V

Dominican Republic

V

V

V

V

Guyana

Visa free

Visa free

V

Visa free

Haïti

V

V

V

V

India

V

V

V

V

Jamaica

V

Visa free

V

V

Peru

V

V

V

V

V= visa waiver applies when condition described is met

Visa free = No visa required, also without meeting the described condition

Entry requirements

The following documents are always required to travel to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Saba:

1.

a passport with a validity covering your intended stay + 3 additional months

2.

a return or onward airline ticket to a destination outside the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands.

3.

proof you can return or travel on to your country of residence, nationality or destination after leaving the Caribbean parts of the Netherlands (e.g. valid visa)

4.

proof of sufficient funds. When staying in a hotel the average amount is US$150 à US$200 per day. When staying with family (without a financial guarantee) the amount is US$100.

5.

proof of health or travelers insurance including health with a minimum coverage of  US$15.000,00

Nationalities requiring a Caribbean visa

Unless your country is on the list of countries whose nationals do not require a Caribbean visa, you will require a Caribbean visa.

For the requirements see visa short stay (<90 days).

Transit

There are no transit visas or airport transit visas for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands.

Nationals who require a Caribbean visa who are in transit for more than 48 hours must apply for a visitor’s visa when visiting Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands. For transits less than 48 hours, no visa is required. Please bear in mind that for ARUBA the applicant can only transit for a maximum of 24 hours after which period a visitor’s visa is required.

Staying for more than 90 days or planning to work?

Visitors intending to stay for in the Caribbean Netherlands, Aruba, Sint Maarten or Curaçao for a period longer than 90 days in total or 30 days per island need to apply for a residence permit. It It is also not allowed to engage in any paid activity without a work and residence permit.
Visit the section on long stay (MVV) for more information.

Caribbean Carpet (CC)

Purpose
The Caribbean Carpet Program aims to facilitate the issuance of Caribbean visas to applicants who travel to the Caribbean territory for the purpose of:

  • Maritime industry/Sea sports/Yachting/Seamen work.
  • Bonafide business/Investments.
  • Time share visit/hotel group visit.
  • Frequent travel (for whatever reason 2 visa in last 5 years as an adult).
  • Group of travelers (for which an organization takes responsibility for the group) with prior approval given by the Caribbean country, for the purpose of: meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions.
  • Medical reasons.
  • Official visit of holders of a privileged passport.
  • Accompanying spouse of a traveler in the abovementioned category.

Benefits

  • Only first time traveler needs personal appearance (except Peruvians and Colombians). No personal appearance for frequent traveler (2 Caribbean visa in last 5 years).
  • Long term visa between 1-4 years, or validity of the passport or residence permit.
  • No flight/hotel itinerary needed.
  • No appointment needed for groups <5 applications.

Who qualifies
Depending on purpose of travel.

  • Holders of a Residence permit or long term visa (for Caribbean residents)
  • Holders of a Work permit/’belongers’ certificate (for Caribbean residents)
  • Holders of a Seaman booklet, crew members or contract with ship owner.
  • Travelers who have proof of time share.
  • Travelers in possession of a support letter of company showing business commitments in/with the Caribbean territory.

Application
Companies and individual travelers who qualify should show proof of the above mentioned qualification documents (original should be shown, copies should be handed in with application)

Terms and Conditions
The Dutch Diplomatic Missions reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions of the Caribbean Carpet Program at any time, see website for additional information.

Application form for Caribbean Carpet