Customs & Immigration
Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa for their entry to our island. However, effective January 1, 2005, visitors from the following countries are required to have a visa for stays of up to 3 months (90 days) in the Dutch Caribbean, since beginning in 2005, the Dutch Kingdom synchronized visa requirements among Aruba, Curacao, and the Dutch Caribbean:
Central African Rep.
China (except for Hong Kong SAR and BNO holders)
Sao Tome and Principal
Servia and Montenegro
United Arab Emirates
For other countries please contact your closest Dutch Embassy.
The maximum total days one can stay on the island is 90 days!
The latter can be used in one period or during different visits in one year.
Prolongation of Stay:
Visitors from countries that either appear or do not appear on the above list are required to request prolongation of their stay after a 14 days period (2 weeks) For visitors from countries other than those appearing above, visits of up to 14 days (2 week) are allowed without any permit.
Citizens of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, along with other countries with whom the Netherlands has reached an agreement on visa requirements, are allowed to stay up to 90 days (3 month), withouth having to apply for a visit extension.
To prolong your visit, present the following documentation in person at the immigration office:
- Visa (in passport), if required
- Return ticket
- You may be required to provide proof that you have the financial resources to stay up to your new desired date. This information may also be requested upon entry into Bonaire, but is up to the discretion of immigration.
Nationals of the United States and Canada may submit for their entry to Bonaire, either:
- A valid passport
- An official birth certificate or an affidavit of birth, plus a valid driver’s license
- A certificate of naturalization for citizens born outside the United States, plus a valid driver’s license
- A re-entry permit to the US, a valid non quota immigration visa or an Alien Registration (green card) for non USA citizens residing in the USA, plus a valid driver’s license.
For more information on visas or prolongation of your visit, please don’t hesitate to call the Immigration Office of Bonaire.