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In an ever-changing COVID-19 situation, it is important to stay up-to-date on current Bonaire entry requirements, if you are planning an upcoming visit.

Here is a summary of the latest entry requirements for Bonaire.  Be advised that the situation is in a constant state of flux, so be sure to monitor the Bonaire COVID-19 thread at https://www.infobonaire.com/category/covid/.

From which countries may I fly to Bonaire?

There is currently a flight ban in effect for the following countries: all of South America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Cape Verde Islands,  and the Dominican Republic.

Passengers from all other countries in the world can travel to Bonaire. Direct flights between Bonaire, the United States, and Canada, for example, are again possible.  Check with your preferred airline to see when they will re-initiate direct non-stop flights to Bonaire.  Otherwise, travel is possible via Aruba or Curacao.

What are the current Bonaire entry requirements?

These are the conditions for traveling to Bonaire:

  • Travelers aged 13 and older must have a negative PCR test result to go to Bonaire. The PCR test (administration) may not be older than 72 hours upon arrival on Bonaire.
  • The antigen test (rapid test) is mandatory for travelers aged 13 and over from high-risk countries, including the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands.  All of South America and the Dominican Republic are included in this requirement as well, but they are currently under a flight ban as noted above. Travelers originating from a high-risk country must take the quick test no more than 4 hours before departure (from the high-risk country or, if possible, a stopover on their way to Bonaire).
  • Travelers must also complete a Health Declaration from the Public Health Department 72 hours and no later than 48 hours before departure. This can be done at https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
  • Upon check-in, boarding, and arrival on Bonaire, the printed Health Declaration and the results of the PCR test and rapid test must be provided.
  • The negative results of both tests must be known before departure, otherwise, you will not be able to fly. The airline will ask you about this.
  • If it is not possible to comply with both the PCR and antigen tests in your area, travelers aged 13 and older may now only take the NAAT test instead of the PCR test and the antigen test that was first required.  The NAAT test must be taken up to 12 hours before departure to Bonaire. (NAAT is a group name for tests, this includes the following tests: mPOCT, NAAT, PCR or RT PCR, LAMP and TMA.)
  • If you nevertheless arrive on Bonaire without correct negative test results, you will not be admitted to Bonaire and you will be sent back.
  • When departing for Bonaire, travelers should not have any complaints that could be related to COVID-19 such as cold, sore throat, cough, sneezing, chest tightness, loss of smell and taste, temperature elevation, or fever. Travelers must also not have had direct contact with someone who has COVID -19 fourteen days before the trip.
  • Bonaire advises travelers to check that their health insurance covers health costs during their stay on the island, including costs related to COVID-19.
  • Travelers originating from Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten must take a PCR test, but do not need to take the rapid test. A negative NAAT test result is also sufficient for these travelers. They must also complete the Health Declaration online.
  • Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not need to take a PCR test or antigen test before traveling to Bonaire. They must, however, complete the Health Declaration online.

Mandatory Health Declaration

Travelers to Bonaire are required to complete an online health declaration, preferably 48 hours before departure. Upon arrival, you must be able to show the form (printed or a digital copy on your phone) to a Public Health employee if asked.

Download the health statement:

English: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form

Nederlands:  https://bonairepublichealth.org/nl/form

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(Source:  OLB Bonaire Crisis website)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


 

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