The Netherlands Embassy in London, United Kingdom

Visa for the Dutch Caribbean

As from 10 October 2010 the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean consists of the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, and part of the island of St Martin (St Maarten).

A visa for the Dutch Caribbean is not valid for the part of the Kingdom in Europe (the Netherlands), which is part of the Schengen Area.

Applications for a visa for the Dutch Caribbean have to be made in person and can only be submitted at the visa section of the Netherlands Embassy in London or at one of the Netherlands consulates.

People travelling on a passport that requires a visa for the Dutch Caribbean will have to submit the same documents as for a Schengen visa. Spouses and/or children of European Union nationals will also have to submit the full set of documents. All applicants will have to pay a non-refundable visa handling fee of EUR 35,00 except for children under the age of 6 and holders of a diplomatic or service passport.

Please see the checklist on the right hand side of this screen for the requirements for a visa for the Dutch Caribbean.

Application forms for a visa or an authorisation for a temporary stay in the Dutch Caribbean can be found here.

The following groups are exempt from the visa requirement:

  1. Holders of a valid residence permit for the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Schengen countries and Ireland do not require a visa. Their residence permits must still be valid upon return from the Dutch Caribbean.
  2. Holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of St. Maarten.
  3. The captain, crew or passengers of a ship or aircraft which does not stay for a continuous period of longer than 48 hours and who do not present a danger to public order and security of the countries of the Dutch Caribbean or the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  4. Persons with an authorisation for temporary stay / residence permit for one of the parts of the Dutch Caribbean for a stay longer than 6 months.
  5. Holders of a diplomatic or official/service passport of certain nationalities.
  6. Holders of a Colombian passport of Colombian nationality holding a valid and multiple entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen Area.
  7. (For Aruba only): Holders of a Jamaican passport of Jamaican nationality holding a valid and multiple entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen Area.
  8. Crew of sea ships, according to the Treaty of London of 9 April 1965.
  9. Holders of a 'laissez-passer' issued by the United Nations and/ or specialised organisations.

For information about living and working in Aruba, please contact the representation of Aruba in the Netherlands on 00 31 70 356 6200 or visit www.kabga.aw

For information about living and working in Curaçao, please contact the representation of Curaçao in the Netherlands on 00 31 70 306 6111/88 or visit the website of the Cabinet of the Governor of Curaçao.

For contact details for the authorities on St Maarten please click here.