Visitors to the Dutch Caribbean (Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius), who do not require a visa, are allowed a maximum stay of three months every six month period without any special permit needed. Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa to visit the Dutch Caribbean. Please check at your local authorities or the IND* if you are unsure about your personal situation. Dutch citizens without a Dutch Caribbean residency are allowed a maximum stay of six months every twelve month period.
Non-residents who wish to stay longer than their official maximum period need to apply for a "Declaration by Right permit".
Property owners do not need a residency if they are using their property as a vacation home.
Everyone who comes to live on Bonaire for a longer period than mentioned before need to apply for a residence permit. You will need the following documents to apply:
- Marriage Licence or Divorce Papers
-Two Passport Photo's
- Certificate of good behaviour not older than 60 days
-Health Certificate not older than 30 days
-Medical Insurance Papers
- Removal statement from the municipal register (people with a Dutch nationality only)
- If you are not applying for a work permit you will need to bring prove that you are able to maintain yourself financially. In this case U.S. citizens and Dutch citizens should be able to show a bank statement which shows a minimum of USD 25,000
Laws and rules are subject to change. Please contact the Bonairean authorities* for the latest updates.
* For more information about immigration rules for the Dutch Caribbean, please contact: