HELPFUL FAQS WHEN TRAVELING TO BONAIRE
As the island of Bonaire is open and welcoming visitors, it is important to be fully informed regarding entry requirements, prior to traveling. As the collective global citizenship continues to work towards curtailing the spread of COVID-19, the island is doing its part to protect its visitors and citizens. Below you will find helpful information and FAQs to assist you in preparing for your vacation on Bonaire. For the latest information anytime, visit www.bonairecrisis.com.
NEW TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: The Ministries of the Netherlands recently introduced a new entry requirement for all travelers from a high-risk country traveling to Bonaire. Effective immediately, there is a ban on flights from the following countries: South America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Cape Verde, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, travelers flying to Bonaire from a high-risk country, which includes the United States and Canada, will be required to take a PCR test AND an antigen test before departure. The PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before arrival on the island and the antigen test no later than 4 hours before departure. Travelers must also complete the health declaration form no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. Please note that you must be able to show the form (printed or a digital copy on your phone) to a public health employee if asked.
ANTIGEN TESTING AVAILABLE AT CURAÇAO AIRPORT: To make it easier for U.S. travelers to Bonaire, rapid antigen testing is now available at the Curaçao Airport daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $20 per person. Once travelers arrive at the Curaçao Airport and make their way through immigration, they will find the testing service. The results will be ready in approximately 50 minutes and can be emailed to you or you can wait in the testing area for your results. For more information on testing at the Curaçao Airport, call 599 9 839 1350.
COVID TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS FROM THE UNITED STATES
In accordance with the CDC and the United States Government, all returning travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test within three (3) calendar days before your flight home. In addition, you are now required to fill out an attestation form to confirm that you've taken the test and that you're COVID-free. Airlines are providing a printed copy of the form for you to sign. You can also download the form here. For more info on assistance with testing locations, please scroll down or CLICK HERE.
What countries are currently allowed to travel to Bonaire?
Bonaire's international flight ban was lifted from January 16, 2021, so passengers from all countries (except the United Kingdom, South America, and South Africa) may now travel to Bonaire.
What are the conditions for traveling to Bonaire?
The Ministries of the Netherlands recently introduced a new entry requirement for all travelers from a high-risk country traveling to Bonaire. Effective immediately, travelers flying to Bonaire from a high-risk country, which includes the Netherlands, the United States, and Canada, will be required to take a PCR test AND an antigen test before departure. The PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before arrival on the island and an antigen test no later than 4 hours before departure. Travelers must also complete the health declaration form no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. Please note that you must be able to show the form (printed or a digital copy on your phone) to a public health employee if asked.
- It is mandatory for all travelers, 13 years and older, to take a PCR test no later than 72 hours before arrival on the island and an antigen test no later than 4 hours before departure. The test result must be negative, otherwise the traveler will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days. The authorities will designate the location and the costs associated with this stay will be charged. All children 12 years of age or younger are exempt from this requirement. Passengers from Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten traveling to Bonaire still need to do a PCR test no later than 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire and digitally fill in the PG health statement. Passengers from Saba and Sint Eustatius traveling to Bonaire only need to digitally fill in the PG health declaration under the conditions that apply.
- All travelers must complete a health declaration form 48 hours prior to departure. This can be downloaded at www.bonairepublichealth.org. You will be asked to present the health form in Bonaire, so please print a copy.
- Prior to arrival on Bonaire, travelers must have no symptoms that match COVID-19 including cold, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, breathlessness, loss of smell and taste, and an elevated temperature. Travelers must not have had direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days.
- Travelers must have medical insurance to cover your stay and possible COVID-19 related medical expenses. Any medical costs incurred during your stay on Bonaire will be the travelers responsibility.
- If you are only transiting through Bonaire, you will be required to stay on your airplane at all times. If the layover takes longer and you are asked to disembark and take a seat in the departure hall until departure to your next location, the rules of the airport apply.
- We ask all travelers to wear a face mask during their stay and at the airport of Bonaire. Please follow the instructions of the staff at the airport.
- Upon arrival at Bonaire Airport, you will receive a welcome letter with Covid-19 related code of conduct.
The most up to date information can be found at Bonaire Health & Safety.
What official form do travelers need to fill out prior to arrival?
All visitors are required to complete the online HEALTH DECLARATION FORM and be approved to be permitted entry to Bonaire. Visit Bonaire Public Health Form to review and start the process in English and Bonaire Public Health Form to review in Dutch.
What are the requirements for PCR and antigen tests?
Incoming travelers aged 13 and older must to get tested for COVID-19 with a PCR test AND an antigen test. Testing must meet the following requirements:
- The PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before arrival on the island and the antigen test no later than 4 hours before departure.
- The test must be performed by an accredited laboratory
Where can I take a COVID-19 PCR test in the Netherlands?
Several places currently offer a PCR test in the Netherlands for travelers:
- KLM Health Services
- The GP Lab
- Saltro Laboratory
What is a PCR test?
What is an Antigen test?
An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat, like a specific virus. Antibodies help fight infection and can take several days or weeks to develop after an infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future. This test is taken via finger stick or blood draw and results can be given same day or 1-3 days. Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.
What is an Antibody test?
An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat like a specific virus. Antibodies help fight infection and can take several days or weeks to develop after an infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future. This test is taken via a finger prick or blood draw and results can be received the same day or up to 1-3 days later. Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.
When do I get tested for COVID-19?
It is important that the government of Bonaire have testing to confirm that travelers are negative for coronavirus, so your PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before arrival on the island and the antigen test no later than 4 hours before departure.
What to expect at Bonaire International Airport?
To review the current travel protocols, please visit bonaireinternationalairport.com/covid-19-protocol.
Procedures are subject to change.
Will I have to spend time in quarantine?
Travelers who come from countries with a low risk for COVID-19, do not show any symptoms, and have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, do not need to be quarantined upon arrival on Bonaire.
If you have stayed in a high-risk country for up to 14 days before arriving on Bonaire, will have to quarantine on Bonaire for a minimum of 14 days.
In collaboration with the hoteliers on Bonaire, a hotel has been designated as a central quarantine location. All costs of quarantine are the responsibility of the traveler.
ON THE ISLAND
Do I have to wear a mask at the resort?
Do I have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before check-in?
What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my quarantine?
If a guest tests positive, they will remain in isolation at one of the designated government quarantine properties until they are recovered. Throughout the isolation process, medical follow-up will be conducted, and once the patient recovers and tests negative, he or she can resume their vacation or depart the destination.
What testing facilities are available on Bonaire for testing 72 hours prior to departing?
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Government, all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country are required to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents. In addition, travelers are required to fill out an attestation form to confirm that they have taken the test and are COVID-free. Airlines are providing a printed copy of the form for travelers to sign. Travelers can also download the form here.
Bonaire has testing facilities on the island. Anyone with questions or symptoms should call 011-599-800-0800 and directions for available testing sites will be provided. The following testing site is also available.
Bon Bida Health Center Bonaire
Cost: Regular PCR Test - $150 (includes results & travel documents within 24-36 hours) | Rapid Test - $75 (includes results & travel documents)
Phone: + 599 787-5687
Address: 74 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot Kralendijk
*Testing prices are subject to change without notice.
For the latest information, visit www.bonairecrisis.com and www.tourismbonaire.com/health-and-safety.
For assistance with testing and transportation to testing locations while at the resort, please visit the Front Desk.
For more information on the CDC's travel requirement, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html and review the CDC's frequently asked questions below. Please note that this information is subject to change.When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?
Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?
CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”Who is checking to make sure that people have a negative test or documentation of recovery before they board a plane to the US?
The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?
Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding. If a passenger chooses not to present a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.What happens if I test positive?
If you receive a positive test while at the resort, please immediately notify our Front Desk. People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.What is a verifiable test result?
A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show test was done within the 3 days before the flight.What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to present?
CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the US have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US.
All travelers (including those who have recovered from COVID-19) should remember to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your household, and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating. Travelers should look for symptoms of COVID-19 and take your temperature if you feel sick. Anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and delay further travel.
For more information, visit After You Travel Internationally.If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one?
If you are arriving on a direct flight to the US, your test must be done within the 3 days before your flight to the US departs. If you are arriving to the US via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the US and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the US was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the US.If I am connecting through the US to another country, do I still need to get tested?
Yes. Any flight entering the US, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?
Yes, all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES
What is the Clean Check Program?
Visit our CLEAN CHECK page to learn more.
What are the new dive protocols for Divi Dive Bonaire?
Please review the update dive brochure for helpful information (link to DDB’s updated dive brochure). To complete the required Health Declaration Form and other important information please visit: Scuba Diving Services.
Please note: Bonaire's health and safety protocols will be revisited and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend all visitors check frequently for any changes to dates, markets, required procedures, and more.