Visa policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean

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

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]

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-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][6][7][8][9]

  1. ^ Including all forms of British nationality.
  2. ^ Visa required for Sint Maarten.
  3. ^ Persons holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport. British Nationals (Overseas) may also enter visa-free.
  4. ^ Visa-free only for Curaçao.
  5. ^ Persons holding a Macau Special Administrative Region passport.
  6. ^ Visa required for Curaçao.
  7. ^ 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.[10][11] 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.[12]

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, multiple-entry Schengen "C" or "D" visa, or a residence or re-entry permit issued by Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, a Schengen member state, French Guiana, French West Indies, Mayotte or Réunion.[6][7][8][9]

In addition, nationals of the following countries can enter Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands for a maximum of 90 days provided holding a valid, multiple-entry visa issued by Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States:[6][7][8][9]

  1. ^ For Sint Maarten only.
  2. ^ For Aruba, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands only.
  3. ^ For Curaçao only.

Summary of visa exemptions[edit]

Country Netherlands
(Schengen)
Aruba and
Caribbean Netherlands
Curaçao Sint Maarten
 EU/EFTA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schengen 'Annex II'[Note 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Peru Yes Yes No Yes
 East Timor Yes No No No
 Kiribati Yes No No No
 Marshall Islands Yes No No No
 Palau Yes No No No
 Samoa Yes No No No
 Tonga Yes No No No
 Tuvalu 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 and Oceanian countries added since 2015 (Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

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