There are 6 islands in the Caribbean archipelago: Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, special municipalities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.

You are entitled to apply either for short stay or long stay visa depending of your purpose of stay.

Short-stay visa allows you to stay up to 90 days within the period of 180 days. You may travel freely to any of the islands in the Kingdom of Netherlands. However, you cannot use this visa to travel to Schengen countries.

If you are applying from the UAE please note that application must be submitted in person irrespective of the age of the applicant.

Basic documents to be prepared:

  1. Application Form
  2. Original passport with at least 2 empty pages, valid for at least 3 months after the intended departure date from the island, not older than 10 years, color copy of the main pages along with the cover page, all pages of the passport must be provided as photocopies.
  3. For minors birth certificate and proof of child’s parents identity is a must. If the child will not be travelling with their parents, or if only 1 of child’s parent will be accompanying the child, you must provide a declaration of consent signed by both parents or whoever has parental responsibility. If only 1 parent has parental responsibility for the child, you will need to provide a court judgment or a statement from a court confirming this.
  4. Residence visa copy of UAE
  5. Photograph
  6. Travel itinerary
  7. Proof of sufficient funds – preferably last 3 months bank statements of your current account
  8. Guarantor’s declaration - If you cannot prove that you have enough money, a family member or friend from the part(s) of the Kingdom you are visiting must act as a guarantor. They do this by applying for a financial guarantor’s declaration. The guarantor must arrange this in person with the local authorities, who must also legalise the declaration. When applying for your visa, you must show that your guarantor has enough money to cover your stay. To do this, you must provide the following documents (obtained from your guarantor): the legalised guarantor’s declaration, their 3 most recent bank statements, their 3 most recent payslips, an employer’s declaration or employment contact and a photocopy of their passport or identity card.

Documents for employees, students or independent business travellers:

  • Employees: you must provide an employer’s declaration stating your job title, number of years of service, monthly income and permission to take holiday leave.
  • Students: you must provide proof that you are registered as a student at your school or university.
  • Independent business travellers: you must provide official proof that you own a registered business and show a tax return for the past year.

Additional information on the purpose of your visit:

  • Visiting family or friends
    You must provide a guarantor’s declaration, letter or email proving that you will be staying with the person in question.
  • Tourism
    You must provide a copy of your accommodation reservation containing the contact details and your reservation number. Or you must provide proof that you are taking part in a group trip.
  • Business
    You must provide a letter of invitation from a company in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom and a letter from your employer. Both letters must contain the following information:
    • your job
    • the reason for your visit

At least 1 letter must give information on where you will stay during your visit and who is covering the cost of your trip.

Medical Insurance - You must show an official document from your insurance company. The document must prove that the insurance is in your name. It must also prove that your insurance policy provides medical cover:

  • in all Caribbean parts of the Kingdom
  • for the entire duration of your stay
  • for at least USD 15,000
  • for hospital care, emergency treatment and repatriation (including in the event of death).

Long stay visa is issued if your travel plan is to stay more than 90 days continuously and in that case you will need to apply for residence permit as well.

This type of visa must be applied in person at the consulate with the prior appointment.

As soon as an applicant has received a positive notification from the IND in the Netherlands an appointment can be scheduled. Documents should be provided as originals and photocopies.

Whether you intend to apply for short stay or long stay visa it is advisable to apply on time preferably 2 months before your intended travel date.





Caribisch visum kinderen tot 6 jaar / Caribbean visa child (under 6)

Free of charge

Free of charge

Caribisch visum kinderen 6 -11 jaar / Caribbean visa child 6-11



Caribisch visum / Carribbean visa



MVV (machtiging voorlopig verblijf) diverse tarieven, afhankelijk van verblijfsdoel / MVV (Authorisation for temporay stay), different fees, depending on purpose of stay