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PCR test and self-test for all travelers from the Netherlands and the US

Mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated travelers from high-risk and very high-risk countries

Kralendijk – From Wednesday 22 December, 2021 all travelers aged 12 years and above from the Netherlands and the US must undergo a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Bonaire and then a self-test upon arrival. Travelers will receive a self-test free of charge, which they must administer themselves at their holiday accommodation on the day of arrival. If they test positive, they must then go into isolation and make an appointment with the Public Health Department to retest. Bonaire is tightening its travel requirements to the island in order to delay the arrival of the omicron variant.

Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, all high-risk countries will be classified with very high-risk countries from 22 December, 2021 onwards. This also applies to the Netherlands and the US. From next Wednesday, all travelers from high-risk and very high-risk countries will be required to undergo a PCR test on the fifth day after arrival at their own expense at a commercial testing center and not at the Public Health Department.

Unvaccinated travelers from high-risk and very high-risk countries are obligated to self-quarantine for five days. Subsequently, they must undergo a PCR test at their own expense at a commercial testing center and not at the Public Health Department. Travelers may only leave quarantine once they have a negative test result. All travelers who test positive must go into isolation.

It has become clear in recent days that the omicron variant is spreading faster than everyone thought it would. As the Public Health Department previously stated, it is not a question of whether this variant will come to Bonaire, but when. With the omicron variant spreading so rapidly it is necessary to put stricter travel conditions in place in order to delay the arrival of this variant on the island.

The Department hopes that before the omicron variant arrives, as many people as possible will get the coronavirus vaccination and booster shot. By so doing Bonaire will be better protected when the new variant emerges on the island.

At the moment we do not known everything about the omicron variant yet. However, scientists do know that this variant spreads two to three times more rapidly than the delta variant. This means that the pressure on the hospital and the rest of the healthcare sector may increase considerably when the new variant reaches Bonaire.

This is why the Public Health Department calls on all Bonaire citizens to be vaccinated. The department also calls on fully vaccinated citizens to get the booster shot as soon as possible.

If you have not yet received the first or second coronavirus vaccination, then please call the free number 0800 0900 to make an appointment for the inoculation. If you are fully vaccinated and have not yet received the booster shot, then please call the free number 0800 0900 to make an appointment for the booster shot. If you have symptoms, then call 0800 0800 for a test appointment.

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