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Q&A’s travellers

Last update: 19 October 2020

This information is compiled by the Public Entity of Bonaire, in cooperation with the department of Public Health. This overview will be kept as up to date as possible.

Developments with respect to COVID-19 are unpredictable, and therefore, circumstances can change. Please keep an eye out for our press releases via Facebook (Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire) and other Bonaire news outlets.

No rights can be derived from the information in this FAQ overview. 

Travellers to 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.

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. 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.

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.

I would like to go to Curacao, is that possible? And what should I do when I travel back to Bonaire?

There is no flight ban on inter-island flights. There is, however, an entry ban for people want to travel back to Bonaire from Aruba, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius or Sint Maarten. Before they travel back these people must obtain a written permission from the Governor. If you are resident on Bonaire (i.e. you have an island sedula) you can apply for an exemption to this entry ban. You may do that at repat@bonairegov.com . When you return to Bonaire you must go into quarantine for 14 days.

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

Due to limited care capacity and an increasing number of infections, non-essential travel from the European Netherlands to the Caribbean Netherlands is not recommended. If a traveler does come to Bonaire, it is mandatory to present a negative PCR-test that is not older than 72 hours at the time of departure. If there is no negative PCR test available, the traveler will have to be quarantined on Bonaire for 14 days at their own cost. It is also important to take out travel insurance that will cover medical care in a code-orange area. This will also be one of the questions on the Health Declaration that has to be submitted before entry.

Since September 22, Bonaire has been designated a code-orange travel destination, what does that mean for travelers to Bonaire?

Due to the limited care capacity and an increasing number of infections non-essential travel from the European Netherlands to the Caribbean Netherlands is not recommended.

It is not recommended to travel to Bonaire. It is advised to only travel to Bonaire if really necessary. My child is a Bonaire resident and is in the Netherlands right now. My child wants to return to Bonaire. Does my child need to ask permission to travel to Bonaire?

Certain rules apply to people who want to return to Bonaire. You will find information about this in Article 6 of the Emergency Ordinance, dated September 30, 2020. https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/emergency-regulation/

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.

From which countries are departing passenger flights to Bonaire currently possible?

As of October 1, 2020, for Bonaire these countries are: The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. However, Bonaire is currently designated a code-orange travel destination. This means that due to the limited care capacity on Bonaire and the current number of infections, unnecessary trips to Bonaire are discouraged. Travelers from the Netherlands may find the most up-to-date status and travel information on: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadvies-caribisch-deel-van-het-koninkrijk Should travelers from the countries mentioned above decide to come to Bonaire despite the recommendation, they will be allowed entry provided they have met all entry requirements (see Q&A/travelers/ what are the requirements to follow when traveling to Bonaire?). Any changes to this list will be communicated as soon as possible via a press release.

What are the requirements to follow when traveling to Bonaire?

As of October 1, 2020, for Bonaire these countries are: The Netherlands, Germany,

Bonaire is currently designated a code-orange travel destination. This means that due to the limited care capacity on Bonaire and the current number of infections, unnecessary trips to Bonaire are discouraged. Travelers from the Netherlands may find the most up-to-date status and travel information on: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadvies-caribisch-deel-van-het-koninkrijk
Travelers, who travel to Bonaire despite this recommendation, have to meet the following requirements:
• All travelers, 13 years and older, are obliged to go into quarantine for a period of 14 days at their own expense, unless they can show a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is not older than 72 hours at the moment of departure for Bonaire.
• You have to complete a health declaration form within 48 hours before departure via www.bonairepublichealth.org.
• At the time of departure you do not have any COVID-19 related symptoms (a runny nose, a sore throat, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, loss of smell and/or taste, elevated temperature or fever).
• You have not been in direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the last 14 days.

Furthermore, Bonaire urgently advises travelers to Bonaire to ensure that they have valid medical insurance for their stay on Bonaire, and if this is not the case, to make appropriate arrangements by purchasing travel insurance.
You should take into account that Bonaire is currently designated a code-orange travel destination and that this may have consequences for (travel) insurance coverage. Please ask your insurance company what the policy implications are for code-orange designated destinations and do so before you travel.

Does code orange only apply to travelers from the Netherlands?

No, code orange applies to all travelers from countries that are allowed to operate flights to Bonaire. At the moment Bonaire only allows entry to passenger flights from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. Bonaire is currently designated a code-orange travel destination. This means that travelers are discouraged from coming to the island. It is advised to only come if there is an urgent reason to do so. This is due to the number of infections on Bonaire and the limited care capacity on the island. Passengers should ask their insurance companies what the coverage implications are for a code-orange destination such as Bonaire. For more information about requirements to travel to Bonaire see Q&A: What are the requirements to follow when traveling to Bonaire.

Are the entry and exit requirements for Aruba and Curacao assessed on a weekly basis?

Yes, Bonaire closely follows developments on these islands. If and when the requirements can be eased, this will be announced immediately. From Bonaire it is possible to travel abroad as long as the country where you are traveling to allows it. Travelers are responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements of that country. They need to be aware of the risks they run when they travel abroad. In addition, it is important to be aware of any coverage restrictions that your insurance company may have put in place.

Travelling from bonaire

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

The requirements for traveling to a destination when leaving Bonaire, are the responsibility of the destination country. Please check the conditions for the destination country on https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen or get in touch with the airline you are flying with of your travel agent, or check the www of the country of destination.

When departing from Flamingo Bonaire International Airport, you are requested to follow the Airports’ guidelines. You can find them on

http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/PROTOCOL-BIA-COVID-19-Versie-3-22-6-2020-def.pdf.

On September 22 Bonaire was designated a code-orange travel destination. May I travel to the Netherlands for example?

If you are traveling abroad from Bonaire you should check the travel advice issued by the country you are traveling to. If you are traveling to the Netherlands you may find the relevant information here: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadvies-caribisch-deel-van-het-koninkrijk

Bonaire has now been designated code orange. Do tourists who return from Bonaire have to go into quarantine in their home countries for 10 days?

This varies per country. Please refer to guidelines for each specific country of return. If you are traveling to the Netherlands you may find the relevant information here: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadvies-caribisch-deel-van-het-koninkrijk