Visa policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean

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A common visa exists since the end of 2010 for the territories of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten (landen (English: countries) within the Kingdom) and the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, which are part of the country the Netherlands) which form together the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean.[1] The visa is not valid for the European part of the Netherlands, which is part of the Schengen Area.

Visa[edit]

Common visa for the territories

A standard visa is valid for all 6 islands and allows multiple entry for a maximum period of 90 days within 180 days. The maximum uninterrupted stay in one of the individual countries is 30 days. The visa is not valid for the European part of the Netherlands. Application takes place at the consular representations of the Kingdom and the main visiting country has to be indicated. The basis for evaluation of the evaluation of the application in the main visiting country is however the same for the whole area. Entry for longer periods is arranged by the different countries separately.[2]

History[edit]

The two Caribbean "countries" within the Kingdom of the Netherlands were Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles. They each had their own visa policy and thus a list of countries from which nationals could enter without a visa. Through consultation between all countries in the Kingdom the requirements showed strong similarities; they were based on the visa free lists for the Schengen Area, extended with countries in the Caribbean. Upon the Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, the common visa system was introduced for all territories of the Kingdom in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten as well as Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.[3] The maximum period of stay is 3 months for all countries on the visa-free list for which full reciprocity is in place; for other countries the maximum period is 30 days.

Visa policy map[edit]

Countries whose nationals can enter Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands without a visa

Visa-free entry[edit]

Nationals of the following countries and territories do not require a visa for a stay for up to 90 days in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands.[4][5]

  1. ^ Including all forms of British nationality.
  2. ^ a b Visa required for Sint Maarten.
  3. ^ Persons holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport.
  4. ^ Visa-free only for Curaçao.
  5. ^ Persons holding a Macau Special Administrative Region passport.
  6. ^ Persons holding a Taiwan passport containing a personal identification number.

Furthermore, the following groups are exempted from the visa requirement:

  • the captain, crew or passengers of a ship or aircraft which does not stay for a continuous period of longer than 48 hours.
  • holders of a United Nations laissez-passer, issued by the United Nations.

Dutch nationals[edit]

Although all Dutch nationals have the right of abode in the European Netherlands, right of abode in the Dutch Caribbean is limited to those who have a connection to the region. Other Dutch can enter both countries visa free for maximum of 6 months.[6][7] The Identity card BES and the "Cedula" of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are valid for entering Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba, but the Dutch Identity Card is not.[8]

Substitute visas[edit]

Nationals of any country who are not otherwise visa exempted can enter Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days provided holding a valid visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen country, Ireland or the United Kingdom, or a residence permit issued by Canada or the United States.[4]

In addition, nationals of the following countries can enter provided holding a valid visa issued by Canada or the United States.[4]

  1. ^ Except for Curaçao.
  2. ^ a b For Sint Maarten only. Already exempt for the other territories.
  3. ^ For Aruba, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands only. Already exempt for Curaçao.

Summary of visa exemptions[edit]

Country Netherlands
(Schengen)
Aruba and
Caribbean Netherlands
Curaçao Sint Maarten
 EU members Yes Yes Yes Yes
  EFTA members Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schengen 'Annex II'[Note 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Peru Yes Yes Yes No
 East Timor Yes No No No
 Georgia Yes No No No
 Kiribati Yes No No No
 Marshall Islands Yes No No No
 Micronesia Yes No No No
 Palau Yes No No No
 Samoa Yes No No No
 Solomon Islands Yes No No No
 Tonga Yes No No No
 Tuvalu Yes No No No
 Ukraine Yes No No No
 Vanuatu Yes No No No
 Belize No Yes Yes Yes
 Ecuador No Yes Yes Yes
 Suriname No Yes Yes Yes
 Guyana No Yes Yes No
 Jamaica No No Yes No
  1. ^ Except Peru, East Timor, Georgia, Ukraine and Oceanian countries added since 2015 (Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future developments in the issue of visas by the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba". Nederlandse Ambassade in Peking, China. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  2. ^ "32 415 (R 1915) Bepalingen omtrent de verlening van visa voor de toegang tot de landen van het Koninkrijk (Rijksvisumwet)" (in Dutch). Government of the Netherlands. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Visum voor Caribische koninkrijksdelen". Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Do I need a visa for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom?, Government of the Netherlands.
  5. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Toeristen". Arubahuis.
  7. ^ "FAQ: Vakantie, Hoe lang mag ik op vakantie op de Nederlandse Antillen?". Antillenhuis. Archived from the original on 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  8. ^ "De gevolgen van de staatkundige veranderingen". Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 November 2010.