How Do I Request a Caribbean Visa?


Do you want to know how to request a Caribbean visa to visit the island of St. Maarten? Keep reading to learn more!

How to Apply for a Caribbean Visa

Many tourists who need a visa to visit St. Maarten wonder how to request a Caribbean visa for St. Maarten. As St. Maarten’s leading immigration specialists, BrightPath Caribbean would like to help make your next visit to St. Maarten simple, so you can find the Caribbean visa information you need here!

According to The Kingdom of the Netherlands’ official website, “If you want to stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom for 90 days or less, you may need a short-stay visa. This depends on your nationality. You may also need a short-stay visa if you are transiting through the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.”

What is a Caribbean short-stay visa?

A Caribbean short-stay visa is generally valid for 6 months. It is a multiple-entry visa, which means that you can use it more than once. The visa lets you stay in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

It also lets you travel between the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten).

You cannot use a Caribbean visa to travel to the European part of the Netherlands or another Schengen country.

Do I need to request a Caribbean visa to visit St. Maarten?

Most tourists will be exempted from the Caribbean visa requirement but check the list below to make sure. This includes visitors from the United States or European Union countries.
In most cases, you will not need a Caribbean visa if you are transiting or if you are a passenger on a cruise ship.

Countries whose nationals are exempt from requesting a Caribbean visa for St. Maarten:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana (visa required for St Maarten)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong – holders of British National Overseas passports
  • Hong Kong – holders of Special Administrative Region passports
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica (Curaçao only. Visa required for Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten)
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao – holders of Special Administrative Region passports
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru (visa required for St Maarten)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St Christopher and Nevis (St Kitts)
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan – holders of a passport bearing their identity card number
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City


How to apply for a short-stay Caribbean visa

How and where you apply for a visa depends on your nationality. Please visit the Dutch Consulate or Embassy nearest to you before visiting St. Maarten.

Can I work with a short-stay Caribbean visa?

During your stay you may not carry out paid work. If you want to work, you must obtain a work permit. For more information, contact the local authorities and BrightPath Caribbean.

Can I extend my short-stay Caribbean visa?

You cannot extend a short-stay Caribbean visa. If you wish to stay in St. Maarten longer than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit.


For more information about how to request a Caribbean visa for St. Maarten or other immigration options, visit our website and blogs. BrightPath Caribbean can assist you with your residence/work permit, immigration and more! We are located at Puerta del Sol Building, Unit #17 in Simpson Bay. You can call us at +1721 526-2771 or email us at


Our articles are not intended as (legal) advice and do not take your personal circumstances into consideration. BrightPath does not accept any liability for damages resulting from using the provided information. We highly recommend you to seek personalized advice from us or before you act or fail to act because of the content of our articles. BrightPath is a privately-owned consulting firm that assists clients with filing applications for residence permits and/or business licenses at the relevant government departments. None of our directors, employees or agents hold or have held any position with the government of Sint Maarten and our service does not provide for any preferential treatment with regards to any application. All information provided and statements made only serve to provide you with a general understanding of immigration, residence and business incorporation procedures on Sint Maarten.

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