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    immigration updates

    Entry Requirements

    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 Netherlands Antilles, since beginning in 2005, the Dutch Kingdom synchronized visa requirements among Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.

    Afghanistan

    Fiji Rwanda Albania Gabon Salomon Islands Algeria Gambia Sao Tome and Principal Angola Georgia Saudi-Arabia Armenia Ghana Seychelles Azerbeidzjan Guinea Senegal Bahrein Guinea-Bissau Servia and Montenegro Bangladesh Haiti Sierra ***** Belarus India Soedan Benin Indonesia Somalia

    Bhutan Iraq Sri Lanka

    Bosnia Iran Swaziland Botswana Jemen Syria Burkina Faso Jordania Tadzjikistan Burundi Kazakhstan Taiwan Cambodia Kenya Tanzania Cameroen Kirgizia Thailand Cape Verdia Kiribati Turkmenistan

    Central African Rep. Kuwait Togo China (except for Laos Tonga Hong Kong SAR and

    Lesotho Tsjaad BNO holders) Libanon Tunesia Colombia Liberia Turkey Comores Libia Tuvalu Congo-Brazzaville Macedonia United Arab Emirates Congo-Democrat Rep. Madagascar Vanuatu Cote d’Iviore Malawi Vietnam Cuba Maldives West-Samao Dominican Rep. Mali Yugoslavia Djibouti Morocco Zambia Egypt Peru Zimbabwe Equatorial Guinea Philippines South Africa Eritrea Qatar Ethiopia Russian Federation

    Maximum total days that 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 weeks) are allowed without any permit.

    Citizens of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, along with any other countries with whom the Netherlands has reached an agreement on visa requirements, are allowed to stay up to 90 days (3 months), without having to apply for a visit extension.

    To prolong your visit, present the following documentation in person at the immigration office at Kaya Libertador ***** Bolivar #7 (behind Tourist Corporation Bonaire's office):

    • Passport
    • 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
    However, for travel beginning December 31, 2005, there are new United States Re-Entry Rules:

    In an effort to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors, beginning December 31, 2005 the U.S. Department of State will require that travelers to and from the Caribbean have a valid passport or other secure, accepted document (Border Crossing Card, SENTRI, NEXUS or FAST cards) to enter or re-enter the United States. This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all U.S. citizens entering the United States from countries like Bonaire, who do not currently possess valid passports. This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the U.S. Check back to this site for any changes to the proposed regulations, or for more information and updates visit the U.S. Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.
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    here is my question, hope someone could assist me...I recently got my birth certificate of foreign country translated by my lawyer which was notarized and then took it to the ministry of goverment (ontario, canada) services to be authenticated and notarized..do you think this would be enough for the netherland embassy?
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    NO, saintjamesrookie like i said in my other post the Netherlands will not accept it because it is a foreign document and not a Canadian document. You could try but i had no luck because my original birth certificate was a foreign document and it did not matter that i had it translated and then notorized. If you dint believe call the ottawa Netherlands embassy, don't waste time and money going or sending the document to ottawa. CAll FIRST and ask them.

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    to lynx:

    so, how did you authenticate your document..did you take it to the concerned foreign high commission to be authenticated or was it sent back home...? When i took it to the consular office of the foreign country, they told me that it had to be sent back to the home country to be authenticated :S , which would take weeks!?

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    saintjamesrookie, the Netherlands along with many other countries NOT including Canada only require a APOSTILLE stamp. What you need is your birth certificate to be sealed by the foreign affairs ministry which means that yes you have to either get someone in the country you were born in to do for you or mail the one you have here express and hope they do it quickly for you. If its not in english you are going to have to get it translated. I called the immigration office in bonaire and a lady by the name of miss A told me that if the birth certificate was in spanish it would be ok, the school does not seem to think so, to be safe get it translated into english.

    Hope this helps good luck. For those that still don't have medical coverage, RBC is what i went with for the 1st semester which has a reasonable fee with great coverage.

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    so what exactly needs to be apostled if your from the us?

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    Your birth certificate

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    Thanks a bunch for the info

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    Thanks, this was helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by npmd View Post
    so what exactly needs to be apostled if your from the us?
    also ur single status statement needs to be appsotled
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    Quote Originally Posted by canadiankid View Post
    currently when the students arrive the school takes care of their immigration documents within 2-3wks of their arrivals....
    for both new comers and current students it is important to note the new changes to the immigration rules...
    the following documents are needed to obtain a temporary residency permit
    a valid passport
    two photo ids
    birth certificate translated in dutch and notarized by the dutch embassy
    single/married certificated translated in dutch adn notarized by the dutch embassy
    health insurance

    once u have a residency permit u do not require a reentry permit to leave and enter bonaire...

    absolutely true...
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