Caribbean visas

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.

Read the Q&A Caribbean visa for more information.

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:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • 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.