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.
Due to the coronavirus, until further notice, you cannot apply for a Caribbean visa at an embassy, consulate-general or external service provider such as VFS Global. Read the Q&A Caribbean visa for more information.
- Q&A's Caribbean visa
- Do I need a visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom?
- Short-stay Caribbean visa
- Applying for a short-stay Caribbean visa
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:
- 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.