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Living on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

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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.

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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:

- Passport

- Birth Certificate

- 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:

Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND)

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Telephone: (+599) 715 8330

Fax: (+599) 717 5258 t.a.v. de IND

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