Short-stay Caribbean visa (90 days or less)
If you want to stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for 90 days or less, you may need a short-stay visa. This depends on your nationality. You may also need a short-stay visa if you are transiting through the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.
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.
What is a short-stay Caribbean visa?
- A short-stay Caribbean visa lets you travel throughout the Dutch Caribbean, i.e. Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.
- A standard short-term Caribbean visa is issued for a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. It is a multiple-entry visa.
- A short-stay Caribbean visa does not permit you to undertake paid work. If you would like to work, you must have a work permit. For more information on work permits, contact the local authorities.
- A short-term Caribbean visa is not valid for travel to the European part of the Netherlands or to any other Schengen area country.
What is the maximum amount of time you may stay on any one island?
The amount of time you are permitted to stay on any one island varies.
Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten
You may stay in Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten for up to 30 consecutive days. If you would like to stay longer than 30 days but fewer than 90 days, contact the local authorities once you’ve arrived for information about extending your stay.
Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius
You may stay in Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius for up to 90 consecutive days within a 180-day period.
Do I 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. This includes visitors from the United States or European Union countries.
In most cases, you will not need a Caribbean visa if you are transiting or if you are a passenger on a cruise ship.
Applying for a short-stay Caribbean visa
How and where you apply for a visa depends on your nationality.
Staying more than 90 days
If you would like to stay in the Dutch Caribbean for more than 90 days you must apply for a residence permit.