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Last update: June 13th 2021

This information has been compiled by the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) in collaboration with the Public Health Department Bonaire and other organizations.

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Travelers to Bonaire

What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire? AN OVERVIEW.

No requirements apply to passengers traveling to Bonaire from countries classified as low-risk countries. If you are traveling to Bonaire from the countries mentioned below, you do not have to show a negative NAAT(PCR) test nor do you have to present a negative antigen / rapid test : Saba, St. Eustatius, Australia, China, Finland, Greece (North Aegean, South Aegean and Ionian Islands only), Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy (the island of Sicily only), Malta, New Zealand, Norway (except Oslo and the province of Agder), Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain (Balearic and Canary Islands only), Thailand and South Korea.

The following requirements apply to passengers from countries that have not been mentioned above: If you are 13 years or older you may only travel to Bonaire with a negative coronavirus test.

The results of the following tests are accepted on Bonaire:
1. A negative NAAT (PCR)-test result, from a test taken within 24 hours before departure.
or
2. A negative NAAT (PCR)-test result, from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire and an antigen-test at arrival.
As of 1 June, 2021 it is possible for arriving travelers to have an antigen test done at Bonaire’s airport. If a passenger tests positive they must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on Bonaire. For more information and to book a test please visit: www.bonairesafetravel.orhttps://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/

If you are you traveling to Bonaire from Aruba, Curacao or Sint Maarten you are obliged to present a negative NAAT(PCR)-test result from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire. However, you do not need a negative antigen / rapid test to enter Bonaire. For fully vaccinated travelers from Curacao and Aruba, see information below.

The negative results of the tests must be known before departure otherwise you will not be permitted to fly. The airline representative will ask you about your test result. Should you arrive on Bonaire without the required negative test result, you will immediately have to go into quarantine for ten days at your own expense and at a location designated for that purpose by the Governor.

From April 2021 onwards an additional requirement will apply to travelers from very high risk-countries as Latin America, Suriname, India and South Africa. Upon arrival on Bonaire they will have to go into quarantine for ten days at their home or holidayadress on Bonaire.
*On day 5 of quarantine you may do a PCR test at Public-Health-Department test lane (note: the day of arrival is day 0). The Public Health Department will call you about this on day 4 of the quarantine.
* If the test result is negative you may leave quarantine.
*The additional requirement for travelers from Latin America applies to the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French-Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

From 1 June, 2021 onwards travelers coming to Bonaire from Curacao and Aruba who are fully vaccinated do not have to undergo a coronavirus test at all.
* The final inoculation needs to have been administered at least 14 days earlier.
* You are also considered to be fully vaccinated when you have had coronavirus and you have had one inoculation.
* Travelers must be able to demonstrate this by producing an original vaccination card issued on one of the ABC-islands!
* If you have any questions as to whether this applies to you, please contact the Bonaire Public-Health-Department Call Center on 0800-0800 or send an email to publichealth@bonairegov.com

Additional relevant information:

* All travelers to Bonaire, 0 years and older, must submit a completed health declaration form to the Public Health Department between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. This may be done at: www.bonairepublichealth.org
The printed health declaration, the coronavirus-test result and a vaccination card (if applicable) must be presented at check-in, boarding and at arrival on Bonaire.

* At the time of departure for Bonaire, travelers must be free of any COVID-19 related symptoms such as: a runny nose, a sore throat, a cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, elevated temperature or fever. Additionally, travelers must not have been in direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the last 14 days before their trip.

* Bonaire advises travelers to make sure that their health insurance will cover the costs of medical care during their stay on the island, including care related to COVID-19.

What are the requirements for travelers to fly to Bonaire from the following high-risk countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French-Guiana, Guyana, India, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and South-Africa?

In these countries there is a heightened risk of occurrence of (for instance) the Brazilian coronavirus variant. This is the reason why Bonaire is taking extra measures.
If you are traveling from these very-high-risk-countries to Bonaire and you are 13 years or older, then additional requirements apply.
Please note: the extra requirements also apply if you are traveling to Bonaire from these countries and transit elsewhere.
The extra requirements also apply to passengers who have been in one of the above mentioned countries within 14 days before their arrival on Bonaire.

For their trip to Bonaire all travelers 13 years of age or older must have:
1. A negative NAAT(PCR) -test result, from a test taken within 24 hours before departure.
or
2. A negative NAAT(PCR)-test result, from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival and a negative antigen-test result, from a test taken within 24 hours before departure.
As of 1 June, 2021 it is possible for arriving travelers to have an antigen test done at Bonaire’s airport. If a passenger tests positive they must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on Bonaire. For more information and instructions on how to book a test please visit: https://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/

In addition all travelers must go into home/holiday-adress-quarantine for ten days upon arrival on Bonaire.
*On day 5 of the quarantine you may undergo a PCR test at Public-Health-Department test lane (note: the day of arrival is day 0). The Public Health Department will call you about this on day 4 of the quarantine.
* If the test result is negative you may leave quarantine.

Additionally, all travelers must complete a health declaration form online for the Public Health Department between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. You may download this declaration form at: www.bonairepublichealth.org
On this form you must declare exactly when you were in one of the aforementioned countries in the 14 days previous to arrival on Bonaire.

Is it possible for passengers to have an antigen test done at Bonaire airport upon their arrival on the island?

Yes. As of 1 June, 2021 this is possible upon arrival at Bonaire’s airport.
A passenger who tests positive must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on the island.
For more information and how book this test please visit: https://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/

What are the requirements for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated residents of Aruba and Curacao to travel to Bonaire?

From 1 June, 2021 onwards residents from Aruba and Curaçao, who are fully vaccinated, do not have to undergo a NAAT(PCR) test or antigen test to be able to travel to Bonaire.

*A person is considered to be fully vaccinated when they have had two coronavirus inoculations.
* This person needs to have received their final inoculation at least 14 days ago.
* Someone who has had coronavirus is considered to be fully vaccinated after they have received one inoculation.
* Passengers must be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated by producing their original vaccination card issued on one of the ABC-islands upon arrival.
* If you have any questions as to whether this applies to you, please contact the Bonaire Public-Health-Department Call Center on 0800-0800 or send an email to: publichealth@bonairegov.com

The requirements for not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated residents of Aruba and Curacao to travel to Bonaire are:
All passengers 13 years and older must present a negative PCR/NAAT-test result from a test that has been taken within 72 hours of arrival on Bonaire. They do not have to have a negative antigen test/quick test in order to be able to travel to Bonaire.

All travelers to Bonaire, 0 years and older, must submit a completed health declaration form to the Public Health Department between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. This may be done at: www.bonairepublichealth.org

The printed health declaration, the coronavirus-test result and a vaccination card (if applicable) must be presented at check-in, boarding and at arrival on Bonaire.

I have been vaccinated. Do I still have to undergo a corona test before my trip to Bonaire?

Different requirements may apply to people who have been vaccinated as to those who have not been vaccinated.
Further information about the entry requirements please refer to the Q&A travelers “What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire”.

I have been vaccinated and I am traveling from a Latin American country to Bonaire. Do I still have to go into quarantine on Bonaire?

In these very-high-risk-countries there is a heightened risk of occurrence of (for instance) the Brazilian coronavirus variant
This is the reason why people on Bonaire who have been vaccinated must adhere to the same (quarantine) rules as people who have not been vaccinated.

*For measures that apply to your trip to Bonaire please refer to the Q&A: “What are the requirements to follow when traveling to Bonaire”.

What is an antigen test and when do I need to undergo it?

An antigen test is a rapid test, which detects the presence of viral proteins in the mucus in the nose and throat.

* Travelers to Bonaire, 13 years and older, from high-risk countries and a very high risk country must undergo also the antigen test/quicktest.

* For further information about this entry requirements please refer to the Q&A “What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire”.

* As of 1 June, 2021 it is possible for arriving travelers to have an antigen test done at Bonaire’s airport. If a passenger tests positive they must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on Bonaire. For more information to book a test please visit: https://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/

Where can I find the health declaration form and where do I submit it?

You can complete the form online at https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form
Please do this no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure to Bonaire. Upon completion you will receive an email with the form that you have completed and a welcome letter. This letter contains relevant COVID-19 related information for Bonaire. If deemed necessary, the Public Health Department of Bonaire will contact you prior to your departure. The health declaration is needed for all travelers 0 years and older.

You will need to print your form and have it with you. When you check in you must present the health declaration form and upon arrival on Bonaire you must show it to a Public Health Department representative.
You may also keep a copy of the declaration on your mobile phone, tablet or computer, but the Public Health department prefers a printed version.

Where can I find out which countries are designated (very) high-risk or low-risk for my trip to Bonaire?

If you want to know which countries are not among the very high-risk countires an dthe high-risk countries, please visit the website: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/reizen-en-vakantie/inreizen-doorreizen-nederland-en-het-eu-inreisverbod/veilige-landen
* If you are traveling to Bonaire from a very-high-risk country or a high-risk country, you must also undergo an antigen test in addition to a NAAT(PCR) test.
*For measures that apply to your trip to Bonaire please refer to the Q&A: “What are the requirements to follow when traveling to Bonaire”.

For my trip to Bonaire, my PCR test cannot be taken more than 72 hours before arrival. But what about the time difference?

The time between the moment the PCR test is taken and the moment of arrival on Bonaire may not exceed 72 hours. The time difference has no influence on this.
For example: Your arrival on Bonaire is scheduled for Saturday 4 p.m. Bonaire local time. In the Netherlands this will be 6 hours later, i.e. Saturday 10 p.m. This time is the one you use to calculate how long the PCR test is valid for. As the test may not have been taken more than 72 hours prior to this time, it cannot be taken prior to 10 p.m. on the previous Wednesday.

Can people with a negative corona test still travel to Bonaire from the Netherlands, now that Bonaire has a code-yellow travel advice?

Yes, they can.

For the current requirements regarding travel to Bonaire please read the Q&A “What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire?”

What is the percentage of passengers arriving on Bonaire from the Netherlands with a negative corona test result?

Since the requirement of testing was introduced, that percentage has been almost 100%. This means that almost all passengers arriving here from the Netherlands have been tested. It is very rare that someone does not get tested or is able to enter with a wrong test and then just accepts the requirement to go into quarantine. Practically everyone undergoes a test. Needless to say, people who test positive are not permitted to fly.

Have measures been taken to prevent travelers from entering Bonaire with falsified corona tests?

The Public Health Department employees who perform test checks at the airport are well aware of what the various laboratories’ results look like. However, it can always happen that a good forgery is overlooked. This cannot be a 100% prevented. Falsifying documents, including corona test results, is a criminal offense. If someone submits a falsified test result, a report of this will be filed with the police. We hope that travelers appreciate that their behavior will not only affect their own health but also the health of the tourists and residents of Bonaire.

What are the regulations for transit passengers that land on Bonaire?

As long as you remain on board, the regulations of your final destination apply. In case you are requested to leave the plane and wait in the transit hall, the regulations of that airport need to be followed (for Bonaire see protocol Flamingo International Airport). Should you, due to unforeseen circumstances, need to stay on Bonaire, the regulations for travelers from non-safe countries apply. The general hygiene measures of the airline need to followed during the flight.

What are the consequences if a traveler or resident does not comply with the quarantine imposed on them?

If someone does not comply with quarantine, the Governor may invoke Article 35 of the Public Health Act. The Governor then imposes a “quarantine measure”. This is a decree, stating where this person should be quarantined and to which rules they must adhere. Such a measure means that this person is detained in the designated place. A Judge will verify whether there are good reasons to take this measure.

May I travel to Bonaire by boat from Curacao?

Yes, you may travel to Bonaire by boat from or via Curacao.
The same rules apply to you as to travelers who come to Bonaire by air.
You will find this information in Q&A: What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire? An overview.

You must also ask the Bonaire Harbor Master for permission to enter the harbor.
In order to do this you will need the following documents:

1) Reservation at the Bonaire Marina
2) MDH (Maritime Declaration of Health), you will receive this from the marina office after you have made a reservation
3) Health declaration form from the Public Health Department Bonaire to submit no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. You may download this form at: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form
4) From 1 June, 2021 onwards residents from Curacao, who are fully vaccinated, do not have to undergo a NAAT (PCR) test or an antigen test to be able to travel to Bonaire.
*A person is considered to be fully vaccinated when they have had two coronavirus inoculations.
* This person needs to have received their final inoculation at least 14 days ago.
* Someone who has had coronavirus is considered to be fully vaccinated after they have received one inoculation.
* Passengers must be able to prove that they are fully vaccinated by producing their original vaccination card issued on one of the islands upon arrival.
* If you have any questions as to whether this applies to you, please contact the Bonaire Public-Health-Department Call Center on 0800-0800 or send an email to: publichealth@bonairegov.com

The requirements for not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated residents of Curacao to travel to Bonaire are:
All passengers 13 years and older must present a negative NAAT(PCR)-test result from a test that has been taken within 72 hours of arrival on Bonaire. They do not have to have a negative antigen test/quick test in order to be able to travel to Bonaire.

If you cannot comply with this, you will not be admitted to Bonaire and you will have to return.

Since 19 May, 2021, Bonaire has been designated a code-yellow travel destination, what does that mean for travelers to Bonaire?

A yellow travel advisory for Bonaire means that traveling is possible but there still are risks.

The Netherlands provides travel advice for its residents. Four designations (Green, Yellow, Orange and Red) indicate different levels of safety for a country or area. This travel advisory is not mandatory. It remains the responsibility of each individual traveler to decide whether or not to embark on a trip.

Should you want to know what the various travel advisories / color codes mean, please look at:
https://www.thenetherlandsworldwide.nl/documents/questions-and-answers/what-do-the-travel-advisories-color-codes-mean

What does the BES bubble actually mean?

A bubble is a defined area within which it is safe to travel. You can safely travel back and forth between the BES islands.
Travelers from Saba or Sint Eustatius who travel to Bonaire can do so via Curacao, where they can remain in transit prior to an onward flight to Bonaire.

Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR test, an antigen test or a NAAT test before they enter Bonaire. However, travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius must complete a health declaration form online. This declaration has to be completed no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure to Bonaire and it may be downloaded at:
https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
Up-to-date requirements for traveling to Sint Eustatius may be found at: https://www.statiagovernment.com/key-topics/covid-19/travel-policy
Travelers who want to travel on to Saba from Sint Eustatius may find the current requirements as set by the island of Saba at: http://www.sabatourism.com/entry-saba
Travelers are strongly advised to obtain relevant information from their travel insurance company about the coverage for their trip to Sint Eustatius/Saba.

Traveling from Bonaire

Are travelers traveling from Bonaire to the Netherlands required to present a negative coronavirus test?

No. As of 19 May, 2021, travelers from Bonaire do not need to undergo an antigen test or PCR test before traveling to the Netherlands.
They do not need to go into quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands either.

The Netherlands consider Bonaire to be a country of low risk.

It is possible to travel to the Netherlands and other countries from Bonaire, but you should realize that you are traveling to an area with a high number of infections. The Public Health Department, therefore, strongly advises everyone to adhere to the rules of the country they are traveling to.

If I want to travel and have already been vaccinated, do I still need to get tested?

Different requirements may apply to people who have been vaccinated as to those who have not been vaccinated.
Further information about the entry requirements please refer to the Q&A travelers “What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire”.

Where on Bonaire can tourists and residents get tested for coronavirus before their trip abroad?

If you need a test result in order to be able to travel abroad, you may obtain one from a number of commercial parties on Bonaire:

The Public Health Department will only test you if you have symptoms.

What advice does the Public Health Department give to people traveling from Bonaire to the Netherlands or other countries?

From Bonaire you may travel to the Netherlands and other countries. But do realize that you may be traveling to an area with a lot of infections. Especially if you are staying in regions where there are a lot of infected people, such as the large cities in the west of the Netherlands. Furthermore, in other areas and countries the chance of infection may be greater than on Bonaire. Therefore, the Public Health Department strongly advises travelers to adhere to the rules of the country you are traveling to. After all, you don’t want to get sick during your trip or have to be in isolation because you get infected. Nor would you want to bring the virus back to Bonaire. So please adhere to all national and regional measures and advisories.

What are the requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Curaçao?

The requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Curaçao.

For travelers who are fully vaccinated or travelers less than 7 years of age, the following requirements apply:
Traveling from Bonaire to Curacao without a negative PCR- test result and without having to undergo an antigen test is only possible when:
• The traveler is an official resident of Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao, and
• The person in question is fully vaccinated:
o Someone who has had coronavirus (max 6 months ago) is considered to be fully vaccinated after one inoculation.
o A fully vaccinated person needs to have received their final inoculation at least 14 days ago.
o All passengers must be able to present their original ABC- island vaccination card as proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
• Furthermore, there are no obligations to have a test if a traveler is less than 7 years of age.

The requirements for travelers between Bonaire and Curaçao who are not fully vaccinated:
* Travelers from Bonaire, 7 years and older, must undergo a PCR test when they travel to Curacao. The result of this test must be negative. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure.
* Additionally, travelers of 7 years and older, are required to take an antigen test three days after arrival on Curacao. Each passenger must arrange an appointment for the antigen test at least 48 hours before departure to Curacao.

You may find exceptions and additional information about the entry requirements for Curacao at: https://gobiernu.cw/nl/corona-travel-to-Curacao/

The requirements for travelers between Curaçao and Bonaire.

For travelers who are fully vaccinated or travelers less than 13 years of age, the following requirements apply:
* Travelers coming to Bonaire, who are fully vaccinated, do not have to undergo a coronavirus test at all.
* The final inoculation needs to have been administered at least 14 days earlier.
* You are also considered to be fully vaccinated when you have had coronavirus (max 6 months ago) and you have had one inoculation.
* Travelers must be able to demonstrate this by producing an original vaccination card issued on one of the ABC- islands.
* If you have any questions as to whether this applies to you, please contact the Bonaire Public-Health-Department Call Center on 0800-0800 or send an email to publichealth@bonairegov.com

The requirements for travelers between Curaçao and Bonaire who are not fully vaccinated:
* If you are 13 years of age or older, you may only travel to Bonaire with a negative NAAT(PCR)-test result, taken within 72 hours before arrival.
* If you are traveling from Curaçao, or you have been on Curacao for the preceding 14 days, you do not have to undergo an antigen test anymore.

Travelers must be able to present all required documents at departure and at arrival.

You must also complete a health declaration form on the Bonaire Public Health Department website between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. You may download the declaration at https://www.bonairepublichealth.org

All travelers need to meet the entry requirements for Bonaire. You may find details of these requirements in the Q&A :“What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire?”

What are the requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Aruba?

The requirements for people traveling between Bonaire and Aruba.

For travelers who are fully vaccinated or travelers less than 13 years of age, the following requirements apply:
Traveling from Bonaire to Aruba without a negative PCR- test result and without having to undergo an antigen test is only possible when:
• The traveler is an official resident of Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao, and
• The person in question is fully vaccinated:
o Someone who has had coronavirus (max 6 months ago) is considered to be fully vaccinated after one inoculation.
o A fully vaccinated person needs to have received their final inoculation at least 14 days ago.
o All passengers must be able to present their original ABC- island vaccination card as proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
• Furthermore, there are no obligations to have a test if a traveler is less than 13 years of age.

The requirements for travelers between Bonaire and Aruba who are not fully vaccinated:
* Travelers from Bonaire, 13 years and older, must undergo a PCR test when they travel to Aruba.
* The result of this test must be negative. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure.
* Travelers may also have themselves tested upon arrival at the airport of Aruba.
* For more information about the travel requirements for Aruba see: https://www.aruba.com/nl/safe-travels-to-aruba

The requirements for travelers between Aruba and Bonaire.

For travelers who are fully vaccinated or travelers less than 13 years of age, the following requirements apply:
* Travelers coming to Bonaire, who are fully vaccinated, do not have to undergo a coronavirus test at all.
* The final inoculation needs to have been administered at least 14 days earlier.
* You are also considered to be fully vaccinated when you have had coronavirus (max 6 months ago) and you have had one inoculation.
* Travelers must be able to demonstrate this by producing an original vaccination card issued on one of the ABC- islands.
* If you have any questions as to whether this applies to you, please contact the Bonaire Public-Health-Department Call Center on 0800-0800 or send an email to publichealth@bonairegov.com

The requirements for travelers between Aruba and Bonaire who are not fully vaccinated:
* If you are 13 years of age or older, you may only travel to Bonaire with a negative NAAT(PCR)-test result, taken within 72 hours before arrival.
* If you are traveling from Curacao, or you have been on Aruba for the preceding 14 days, you do not have to undergo an antigen test anymore.

Travelers must be able to present all required documents at departure and at arrival.

You must also complete a health declaration form on the Bonaire Public Health Department website between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. You may download the declaration at https://www.bonairepublichealth.org

All travelers need to meet the entry requirements for Bonaire. You may find details of these requirements in the Q&A :“What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to Bonaire?”

I would like to travel to Aruba or Curacao for a few days. Is the negative PCR test that I took on Bonaire also valid for the return trip?

No, it is not valid even if you return to Bonaire within 72 hours. When traveling to Bonaire, depending on whether you need a test, you must provide a NAAT (PCR) test result from outside the island.

To read all the relevant requirements, please see the Q&A about the requirements for travel to Bonaire, also on this page.

May I fly directly to Sint Eustatius?

No. From April, 2021 onwards this is no longer possible.