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Curaçao: Country and Foreign Investment

Entry and Residence

Nationals of Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands can enter using national identity cards; nationals of the US can enter with voter registration cards or birth certificate; nationals of Canada with birth certificates or proof of citizenship; nationals of Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, San Marino and Trinidad & Tabago can enter with national identity cards. All other nationals need passports.

Entry for tourist purposes does not require a visa, except for nationals of most former Eastern bloc countries, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, North Korea, Libya, Cambodia and Vietnam. Tourist entry is for 14 days, and another 14 days on local application, except for Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, the UK, the US, Spain and a number of South American, African and other countries, for whom it is 90 days (and another 90 days on local application).

NB These lists can change, and you should check with your travel agent before travelling.

Visas can be obtained from Dutch embassies around the world. In all cases of tourist entry a return or onward ticket is required.

Longer stay, for work or residence, requires residence and/or work permits, unless you are Antillean, or already a long-time resident (more than 10 years). Residence permits have to be applied for in person at the Governor's offices; a good deal of personal, medical and financial information and documentation is required. Work permits have to be applied for by employers, after advertising a position in local newspapers and failing to fill it.

Prominent political figures met in the Netherlands Antilles in mid-2005 to discuss a new project aimed at tightening up the jurisdiction's immigration procedures. Its main objective is to prevent undesirable goods and persons from entering the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. It also seeks to prevent illegal movement of persons and goods from the Dutch Caribbean territories to the Netherlands.

In April 2006, it emerged that the St Maarten authorities were studying proposals that would streamline the process for applying for residency and work permits in the jurisdiction, a system which attracts much criticism for its opacity and complexity.

Meanwhile, in early March 2007, it was announced that a protocol had been signed by Justice Minister David Dick and the Lt. Governors of the islands of the Netherlands Antilles for establishing a new organisation that will be in charge of immigration issues. At the time of writing, the new organisation has not been established.



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