Residence permit application if you are Dutch

Depending on your situation, you apply for a Declaration of Admittance by Law or a Non-Applicability Declaration.

Dutch citizens from elsewhere

European Dutch citizens and Dutch citizens from Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba can freely enter Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for up to six months every twelve months. If these Dutch citizens want to work, they may work for a maximum of three months without a written Declaration of Admittance by Law. If they want to live for more than six months or work for more than three months, they must apply for a Declaration of Admittance by Law. 

Applications ‘Declaration of Admittance by Law’

Island children

In some cases, as a Dutch citizen you may apply for a Non-Applicability Declaration (NVT). You can settle freely on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba with this. This applies to the following persons:

  1. Dutch citizens born on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba;
  2. Dutch citizens born in the Kingdom of whom one of the parents was born on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba;
  3. Dutch citizens who have lived on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba since October 10th, 2009, and were registered until October 11th, 2010;
  4. Aliens who have obtained Dutch citizenship on Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba;
  5. If the law does not apply to one of the parents, then it does not apply to the children born in the Kingdom.

Applications ‘Non-Applicability Declaration’