Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, China

Visa procedure for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

As of 10 October 2010 it is possible to visit more than one Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands using a single visa. The visa is valid for all parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean for a visit as a tourist or for a short stay in the countries Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten and for the Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

To what parts can be travelled with a Carribean visa?

The Caribbean visa is valid for all four parts: Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands. However travelling from one part to the other still requires passing through normal immigration procedures for each separate part.

Who needs a Caribbean visa?

Every national of the Peoples Republic of China needs a visa for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands. Other nationalities can obtain externe link: more information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Dutch mission in China.

Visa exemption for Schengen visa holders

Chinese nationals in possession of a valid, multiple-entry Schengen visa for the duration of their stay in the Caribbean do not require an additional visa to enter the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

Who does not need a Caribbean visa?

  • holders of a valid residence permit for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or one of the Schengen countries.
  • holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of Sint Maarten.
  • holders of a valid residence permit (for a stay for longer than 6 months) for Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • holders of a valid, multiple-entry Schengen visa for the duration of their stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • captains, passengers or crew, ships or aircraft landing in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten or the Caribbean Netherlands for a period of not more than 48 hours who do not constitute a threat to public order or security in the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • passengers on cruise ships staying not more than than 48 hours on the island/country.
  • holders of a Laissez Passer issued by the United Nations and its affiliated organisations.

How to apply for a Caribbean visa?

It is compulsory to make an appointment for visa applications at the application centres in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. There is no need to make an appointment for visa applications in Hong Kong.

It is possible to make a reservation online through the online appointment system. As a result it will be not necessary to stand in line to apply for a visa. To make an appointment the online visa appointment system should be used. 

Which application form should be used?

There is a special application form which should be used for all four parts: Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands.

How long does it take to get a Caribbean visa?

Applications for nationals of the PRC who want to travel to Curaçao, St Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands must be submitted to the relevant Caribbean authority. The processing time takes up to four (4) weeks.

For a visa to Aruba the processing time will take up to five (5) working days. 

What will be the duration of the Caribbean visa?

The standard visa is a multiple entry visa valid for 6 months. Each entry is limited to 30 days. Not more than 30 days can be spent on any one part for each stay. The maximum length of stay is 90 days in 1 year, starting from date of issuance of the visa.

Bona fide businessmen can apply for a visa with a maximum validity of four (4) years.