Visiting Bonaire with Your Pet
Many visitors who arrive for longer trips to Bonaire wish to bring their pets with them. In many cases, this is a allowed.
Arriving by Plane With Your Pet
Those who wish to arrive by plane, and who wish to travel with their pets (either in the cabin, if a small animal, or in cargo) should contact their air carrier as soon as possible to ascertain if the airline can transport the animal. With Bonaire’s consistent warm weather, some airlines will place restrictions on transporting pets in the cargo hold of planes, as the temperature can simply become to high for the animals. Additionally, many airlines will restrict the number of small animals that can be carried on into the cabin (per flight).
Prepare the Pet for Travel
Once you have ascertained that travel with your pet is possible, you will also need to get your pet “chipped.” This means that a small identifying micro-chip is placed under the pet’s skin and this procedure can be done by your animal’s vet. All pets coming into Holland, and this includes Bonaire as one of the BES Islands, must have chips in place. If your pet is not chipped, then the airline can deny boarding at your point of origin.
Bring the Proper Paperwork for Your Pet
Finally, it is recommended that your veterinarian or local authority completes and signs the Bonaire Veterinary Certificate. You may download this document by clicking here (available in PDF format in both Dutch and English).
Should you require vet care for your pet while on Bonaire, there are two vets:
|Dierenartsenpraktijk Nikiboko||Kaya Nikiboko Zuid 132||717-3338|
|Dienenasiel Bonaire||Kaminda Lagoen 26||717-4989|
For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Telephone page.