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Q&A’s travelers

Last update: 1 December 2020

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.

For the latest news please see the OLB press releases on its Facebook page.

If you have a question that is not yet included in the list, please e-mail it to info@bonairegov.com.

No rights can be derived from the information on the Q&A list. 

Travelers to Bonaire

From which countries are passenger flights to Bonaire currently allowed?

Passengers from all countries may travel to Bonaire. From or via the Netherlands, from or via Curacao or Canada. To avoid quarantine travelers must have had a PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours before their departure and the test result must be negative. The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure; point of departure being defined as the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.
Additionally, travelers must complete an online health declaration form from the Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure.
This declaration may be downloaded at: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form

From 1 December onwards there will be a direct flight connection between Sint Eustatius and Bonaire on a temporary basis. WinAir will operate this flight on Tuesdays.
Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not need to take a PCR test prior to entering Bonaire. They are required, however, to complete the online health declaration form.

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

The requirements for travelers who want to come to Bonaire are as follows:
• All travelers, 13 years and older, are obliged to have had a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before their departure. The test result must be negative; otherwise, the traveler will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.
* The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure; point of departure being the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.
• All travelers must complete a health declaration form within 48 hours before departure. This declaration may be downloaded at: www.bonairepublichealth.org.
• Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR test.
• 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.
Dutch travelers may find the most up-to-date situation and travel information at: https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/travel/traveladvice-carribean-part-of-the-kingdom

Where can I find the health declaration form and how and where do I hand it in?

You can complete the form online at https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form. Travelers must complete a health declaration form no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure; this form may be downloaded at: www.bonairepublichealth.org Upon completion you will receive an email with the form that you have completed and a brochure with relevant COVID-19 related information during your stay on Bonaire. If deemed necessary, the Public Health Department of Bonaire will contact you for further clarification. You will need to print your form and/or keep a digital copy of it on your phone, tablet or computer. You may be asked to show this to a representative of the Public Health Department of Bonaire.

Have measures been taken to prevent travelers from entering Bonaire with falsified PCR 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 PCR 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.

Why do I need to have travel insurance

Medical costs incurred during your stay on Bonaire will be charged to you, including other costs related to COVID-19. Travelers are responsible for the purchase of travel insurance. 

Please contact your insurance company to check if medical costs incurred on Bonaire are covered.

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.

Will I be tested at the airport in Bonaire?

No, you there is no standard test procedure at the airport on Bonaire. Should the Public Health Department deem it necessary for you to be tested  upon arrival, they will decide where the test will be performed.

What are the consequences if a traveler 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.

I live in the United States and I would like to visit my vacation home on Bonaire. Is that possible at the moment?

Yes, that is possible. But you cannot travel directly to Bonaire as you will have to fly via Curacao. You must undergo a PCR test 72 hours before departure and the result must be negative. The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure from the last embarkation point being the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.
You must also complete a health declaration form for the Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. You may download the declaration form at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org

Bonaire wants to gradually expand the number of flights to the island in the future. This will only be possible if circumstances allow it and the risks are minimal. A ban on direct flights from the United States to Bonaire is in place until December 15th 2020.

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 under the question ” What are the requirements that need to be followed when traveling to 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) You must have taken a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before departure from Curacao and the result must be negative. Upon arrival, you must provide proof of a negative test result. If you are not able to do so, you will be required to be quarantined on the boat for 10 days.

May I also travel to Bonaire from Colombia and the islands of Aruba and Sint Maarten?

Yes, you may but you will have to travel through Curacao. There are currently no direct flights from Aruba and Sint Maarten to Bonaire. You will find the conditions for traveling to Bonaire under the question “What are the requirements that need to be?”

What are the requirements for the COVID-19 test before departure to Bonaire?

The PCR test must be performed by an officially recognized laboratory. All travelers, 13 years and older, who come to Bonaire are obliged to have had a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before their departure. The test result must be negative. The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure; point of departure being the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.
Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius who come to Bonaire do not need to take a PCR test. They must, however, complete a health declaration no earlier than 48 hours before departure. This can be done at: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form

Am I obliged to have a PCR test done when I travel to Bonaire?

If you want to avoid quarantine you must have had a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before your departure. The test result must be negative and you must be able to submit proof of this upon arrival. The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure; point of departure being the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.
Additionally, you are requested to complete a health declaration form no earlier than 48 hours before departure. This can be done at: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form

Passengers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not need to take a PCR test before departure. They must, however, complete the health declaration.

Bonaire is now designated a code-yellow travel destination. What does a code-yellow travel advisory actually mean?

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.
A yellow travel advisory for Bonaire means that there are still safety risks concerning corona on the island, of which travelers must be aware. For information regarding your return trip to Bonaire, please read the Q&A: “If I return to Bonaire from an area with an orange/red designation code, will I have to go into quarantine?” on this page.

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

The PCR test must be undertaken 72 hours before departure. From which point of departure does this apply?

Bonaire requires a negative PCR test result from a test taken up to 72 hours before departure from the last place of boarding: Curacao, the Netherlands, or Canada.

Bonaire is now designated code yellow. What does this mean for travelers to Bonaire?

This is a travel advisory for persons who want to travel to Bonaire from the Netherlands. Code yellow indicates that it is possible to travel to Bonaire for other than just essential trips. However, travelers do have to remain alert because there are still safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus. After returning to the Netherlands travelers do not have to go into quarantine. Other countries may determine different travel advisories for their residents. All travelers need to comply with the entry requirements for Bonaire. 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?”. Travelers must at all times observe the local prevention measures, as they apply on Bonaire.

Has a maximum number been set for tourists allowed to arrive on Bonaire from the Netherlands every week? And if so, how is this tracked?

Bonaire wants to open to travelers step by step and do this depending on circumstances. This is monitored on a daily basis. It was decided not to maximize the number of tourists, but rather to limit the number of flights that may come to Bonaire from the Netherlands and Curacao. This allows us to better control our gradual opening. We are in close contact with the airlines about this.

When traveling to Bonaire I am required to produce a negative PCR test result. May I present the negative result of a QUICK TEST?

No, the Bonaire Public Health Department does not accept the result of a quick test. The reason for this is because a PCR test provides more extensive and more accurate information than a quick test. If you want to avoid quarantine you must have had a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before your departure. The test result must be negative and you must be able to submit proof of this upon arrival

If I have been tested in the Netherlands 72 hours before departure, what happens if I do not receive the test result in time? May I still travel to Bonaire?

No, in this case you are not allowed to travel. The airline company will only allow you to board if you can provide a negative test result.

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. In addition, commencing from 1 December there will be a direct flight connection between Sint Eustatius and Bonaire. WinAir will operate this flight on Tuesdays.

Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR 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.

Is it sensible to ease requirements especially now that more tourists are coming to Bonaire from the Netherlands and Curacao as we have scaled down from level three to level two?

Due to the small number of infections, it is now possible to ease the restrictions. The travel advisory for Bonaire has also been adjusted from code orange to code yellow. It remains important that everyone adheres to the basic rules and keeps 1.5 meters distance from each other.

Travelling from Bonaire

What are the requirements to follow when i travel to a destination from Bonaire?

The requirements for travelers who want to come to Bonaire are as follows:

• All travelers, 13 years and older, are obliged to have had a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before their departure. The test result must be negative; otherwise, the traveler will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.

* The test has to have been taken within 72 hours of departure; point of departure being the Netherlands, Curacao or Canada.

• All travelers must complete a health declaration form no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. This declaration may be downloaded at: www.bonairepublichealth.org.

• Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR test.

• 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.

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

From Bonaire you may travel freely 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.

May I travel back and forth to Curacao in one day without having had a PCR test done?

No, as of 23 November this will no longer be possible without presenting a negative test result. Due to the number of infections on Curaçao, it is advisable to only travel to Curaçao if necessary.
Bonaire is tightening the requirements as the number of Covid-19 cases on Curaçao has increased significantly.
Travelers must have had a PCR test done within 72 hours before they leave Curacao and the result must be negative. You will have to present the test result upon arrival on Bonaire. Additionally, you must digitally complete a health declaration form for the Bonaire Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. You may download this form at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
There are a maximum of six daily flights from Bonaire to Curaçao (and back).

I would like to travel to Curacao, is this possible? And what will I have to do when I travel back to Bonaire?

Yes, that is possible. However, due to the number of infections on Curaçao, it is advisable to only travel to Curaçao if necessary. There are rules that apply if you travel to Bonaire from or via Curacao. Travelers must have taken a PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before their departure from Curacao and the result must be negative. You must present the test result upon arrival. You must also complete an online health declaration form from the Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. This also applies to travelers who transit through Curacao to Bonaire.
You may download the declaration form at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
There is a maximum of six daily flights from Curacao to Bonaire (and back).

May I fly directly to Sint Eustatius? And what are the entry requirements for my trip?

Yes you may. A temporary flight connection has been established between Bonaire and Sint Eustatius. The flight will be operated by WinAir and will be flying every Tuesday starting 1 December, 2020. The two-hour flight, which has room for 40 passengers, will leave Sint Eustatius at 9.15 a.m. and Bonaire at noon. Travel between Saba and Sint Eustatius is possible using WinAir’s regularly scheduled flights.
In this way all islands in the Caribbean Netherlands are connected with each other.
Travelers must, at all times, adhere to the entry requirements in force on these islands.

The Ministry of the Interior points out that this is a temporary solution to help residents, such as students, business travelers and people who visit the islands for family matters. Every two weeks the situation will be evaluated and a decision on whether the flights will be continued will be made.

Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not need to undergo a PCR test before entering Bonaire. However, travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius who come to Bonaire do need to complete a health declaration form online. This declaration needs to be completed no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure to Bonaire. Travelers may download this form at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
To properly prepare for your trip, please read the current requirements for traveling to Sint Eustatius 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.