Visa requirement exemption for Colombians and Peruvians

The visa requirement for Peruvians who travel to Bonaire, Saba or St. Eustatius as a tourist will be abolished as of March 14th, 2016. This means that Peruvian tourists can travel to Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius for a period up to a maximum of 3 months without a visa.

Depending on the circumstances and in accordance with the regulations of the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Kmar) this ‘free period’ of 3 months can be limited to a shorter period at the border. For example, if a tourist wants to stay for a period of 2 months but only has USD 500.00 with him , his stay can be limited to one week despite the fact that he has a ticket for 2 months.

For people with the Peruvian nationality who wish to settle on Bonaire, Saba or St. Eustatius, the rules have remained unchanged. They still need a Provisional Residence Permit [Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV)]. Their representative can apply for this in the Caribbean Netherlands and it can be collected at the embassy in the country of origin in order to be able to travel to Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba.

In order to be able to settle in the Caribbean Netherlands one needs to go through 2 procedures, namely:

1. An application for an MVV, this is an application for temporary admission and an application for a work permit; both are submitted at the same time;

2. With the MVV the person concerned enters the Caribbean Netherlands and within 5 days they should submit an application to qualify for a residence permit.

This same arrangement has applied to Colombians since December 3rd, 2015. As a result of this new arrangement Colombians and Peruvians can go on a holiday to the islands more easily and the business relations between the islands and these countries can increase as well as a result.

For questions about this arrangement please contact the IND [Immigration and Naturalisation Service], telephone number +599 7158830.

Press release RCN.

Saba observes Women's Day
Public invited to discuss General Local Ordinance

One comment

  1. Exemption of visa requirements for tourist from the Central and South American regions,namely Peru and Columbia can be viewed as economically viable undertakings by the governing bodies of the Dutch Caribbean. Recognizing the medical support rendered by Colombia medical fraternity to sick patients of the islands,such as Statia,one can only conclude, it to be right and fitting, that this initiative should be granted to the citizenry of the two South American countries, who wish to travel to these islands and stay for a stipulated length of time. Now,more than ever, is the time for islands and countries to build bridges and assist in connecting peoples’,who physically share similar socioeconomic interests and experiences.

    Adopted Son.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *