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Last update: July 23rd 2021

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

The list is continually updated. The developments surrounding COVID-19 are unpredictable; situations, rules and circumstances may change at any moment.

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Travelers to Bonaire

NEW. Where can I find an overview of risk levels for different countries and the travel requirements for passengers from those countries?

Bonaire has drawn up a list of risk levels for different countries, based on the COVID situation per country.

There are four risk levels and the travel requirements for passengers from those countries are detailed per risk level.

For more information please refer to: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

NEW. What are the requirements for traveling to Bonaire by boat or plane?

Bonaire distinguishes four risk levels for countries:
very low, low, high and very high risk.

The island also distinguishes between fully vaccinated and not (fully)vaccinated travelers.

For details about the risk levels per country please refer to: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

Please note: Different requirements apply for residents of the ABC islands who want to travel between these islands! Please refer to the information at: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

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

A travel bubble is currently in effect between the ABC islands.

Travelers traveling from Curaçao to Bonaire
Travelers may find the relevant information at: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

Travelers traveling from Bonaire to Curaçao
For travelers who are fully vaccinated or less than 7 years of age do not need to undergo a NAAT (PCR) test and/or antigen test to travel between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

The requirements for travelers between Bonaire and Curaçao who are not fully vaccinated:
* Travelers from Bonaire, 15 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.
* You may find additional information about the entry requirements for Curaçao at: https://gobiernu.cw/nl/corona-travel-to-Curacao/

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

A travel bubble is currently in effect between the ABC islands.

Travelers traveling from Aruba to Bonaire
Travelers may find the relevant information at: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

Travelers traveling from Bonaire to Aruba
For travelers who are fully vaccinated or less than 15 years of age do not need to undergo a NAAT (PCR) test and/or antigen test to travel between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

The requirements for travelers between Bonaire and Aruba who are not fully vaccinated:
* Travelers from Bonaire, 15 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

Additional information:
* In case you are traveling between the ABC-islands back and forth within 72 hours, you do not have to undergo a new NAAT(PCR) test.
The test result of the outward journey is also valid for the return journey.

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

* Travelers to Bonaire from 0 of age 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

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

Yes, this is possible.
* For more information and to book this test please visit: https://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/
* A passenger who tests positive must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on the island.
* For your relevant information visit: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

May I travel to Bonaire by boat and what are the requirements?

Yes, you may travel to Bonaire by boat.
You will find this information heren: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

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

When am I fully vaccinated and how do I prove this when I travel to Bonaire?

You are fully vaccinated when:
* you have had two vaccinations with the AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or if you have had one vaccination with the Janssen vaccine;
* you have received the last inoculation at least 14 days previously;
* you have had the coronavirus and one inoculation. This will be noted on your vaccination certificate.
Upon departure or arrival you must present your country’s vaccination certificate to prove that you have been fully vaccinated.

I am traveling from the Netherlands to Bonaire. May I use the DCC app for my coronavirus test result?

Yes, you may. Travelers from the Netherlands may use a digital coronavirus confirmation (the Digital Coronavirus Certificate, DCC) for their trip to Bonaire. However, travelers are advised to print out their test result or have it with them in digital form, just in case the DCC cannot be read on Bonaire due to technical issues. In such an event, a traveler who does not have a paper or digital test result must undergo another test or be quarantined.

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 (fully) vaccinated.

Further information about the entry requirements please visit https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-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.

* It is possible for passengers to have an antigen test done at Bonaire airport upon their arrival on the island.
* For more information and to book this test please visit: https://en.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire/
* A passenger who tests positive must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on the island.
* For your relevant information visit: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/

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.

Will test requirements change for travelers who travel to Bonaire having transited or transferred elsewhere?

For travelers traveling to Bonaire who have transited or transferred elsewhere, the following rules and test requirements apply:
* For travelers who stay on the airplane or at the airport during a stopover, the conditions of the country of origin remain valid for the continuation of their trip to Bonaire.
* For travelers who leave the airport during a stopover and pass through customs/immigration, the conditions of both the country of origin and stopover apply for the continuation of their trip to Bonaire. If a test or quarantine requirement applies from either of the two countries on arrival on Bonaire, this obligation must be met.
* Only after a stay of least 14 days, will the conditions of the stopover country apply for the continuation of a traveler’s trip 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.

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 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.

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

Traveling from Bonaire

NEW. I am going on a trip and I will need to undergo a coronavirus test. May I undergo the free coronavirus test on Bonaire?

The free test is meant for people who could not be fully vaccinated:
Children from 7 to 18 years of age and women who are (newly) pregnant or who were previously pregnant.
And patients who could not be vaccinated due to their medical condition.

The free coronavirus test will be offered in July and August of this year. There are countries that require a coronavirus test for children 7 years and older. This is why the free coronavirus test is being offered to children 7 years and older. Bonaire travelers returning to Bonaire from the Netherlands may undergo the free coronavirus test in the Netherlands. For more information please see:
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/travel-and-vacation/travel-abroad/free-coronavirustest-for-travelers-in-July-and-August-2021

On Bonaire, an appointment for a free test may be requested at: https://www.bonairesafetravel.org/bonaire-residents. The test will be take place at the Mariott Hotel, Kaya Internashonal 2. The result of the test will be sent to you by email.

NEW. May I obtain a vaccination certificate (QR code) on Bonaire for my trip to Europe?

From 8 July, 2021 onwards you may request a vaccination certificate via 0800-0900 if you are fully vaccinated. You will need this vaccination certificate in order to be able to travel to countries within Europe without undergoing coronavirus tests. This proof of vaccination is a paper QR code. If you request this paper QR code you will be given an appointment time to pick it up.

On Bonaire, vaccinated residents receive a vaccination card. When applying for and collecting the QR code, you must have your vaccination card and passport ready to hand. There will be an alternative solution for people who cannot collect the paper QR code because they are no longer on Bonaire.

In the Netherlands it is possible for residents to upload the vaccination certificate themselves via an app. Bonaire residents are not yet able to do this because Bonaire is not yet connected to this system. We are working hard to enable Bonaire residents to upload proof of vaccination themselves in the near future.

The call center 0800-0900 is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It is possible that the 0800-0900 number may not be accessible with a foreign phone. In such a case you may phone +599 715 5390 during office hours.

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.

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?

Yes. In case you are traveling between the ABC-islands back and forth within 72 hours, you do not have to undergo a new NAAT(PCR) test.
The test result of the outward journey is also valid for the return journey.

For your relevant information visit: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-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.