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Emergency Ordinance Bonaire (September 7, 2020) is amended with stricter measures.

The emergency ordinance Bonaire that applies to Bonaire has been amended or tightened on a few points. The changes mainly have to do with the rules that apply to people who want to travel to Bonaire, especially travelers from Europe and Curaçao who need to take these new rules into account.

Changes in Emergency Ordinance Bonaire for travelers from low-risk countries in Europe.

Starting yesterday, September 7, all passengers 13 years and older traveling to Bonaire from the safe countries in Europe must show a negative PCR test result on arrival. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Without a negative PCR test result, the traveler is quarantined at a central location for 14 days, at his/her own expense.

Changes in Emergency Ordinance Bonaire for travelers from Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten.

Due to the many cases of Covid-19 in Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten, the so-called “air bubble” with those islands has been suspended. It is no longer possible to travel freely from those islands to Bonaire. All passengers coming from those islands must apply for an exemption from  Lt. Governor Rijna. After arrival, these passengers must be quarantined for 14 days. An exception is only made for people with essential professions who come to Bonaire for a short time. For example, a judge who has to be on Bonaire for a short hearing. Those persons must strictly adhere to the hygiene instructions and are not allowed to move freely across the island.

A Health declaration is compulsory in the Emergency Ordinance Bonaire.

Completing a health certificate is mandatory for everyone who comes to Bonaire and must be completed at least 48 hours before departure.  All data entered will be sent to the Public Health Department and will be treated confidentially. If you want an exemption from the Island Governor to come to Bonaire, you must send an email to

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:



Other situations adapted in the Emergency Ordinance Bonaire.

The emergency ordinance Bonaire also contains instructions for, among other things, meetings, catering, and sports activities. The measures are there to protect everyone on Bonaire against the coronavirus and prevent it from spreading. If you have complaints, stay at home and call 0800-0800. By following the hygiene instructions you protect yourself and the people around you.

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(Source:  OLB)

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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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