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: Please review the charts below for information on the latest travel requirements, including details on inter-island travel and return travel requirements for the Netherlands. You can also visit www.bonairecrisis.com/en/qas/qas-travelers for additional details.
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?
Passengers from all countries may now travel to Bonaire. To determine the requirements to travel to Bonaire from your home country, please check HERE.
What are the conditions for traveling to Bonaire?
No requirements apply to passengers traveling to Bonaire from countries classified as low-risk countries. If you are traveling to Bonaire from a low-risk country, you do not have to show a negative NAAT(PCR) test nor do you have to present a negative antigen/rapid test. For the list of low-risk countries, please visit www.government.nl/topics/c/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/eu-list-of-safe-countries
The following requirements apply to passengers from countries that are not classified as low-risk.
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.
2. A negative NAAT (PCR)-test result from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire AND an antigen test immediately upon arrival at Bonaire airport.
*For more information about this antigen test and how to book one, please visit www.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire.
If a passenger tests positive they must go into mandatory isolation at their home or holiday address on Bonaire. All passengers must present this printed Health Declaration and the result of the coronavirus test when they check in, board and arrive on Bonaire.
If you are you traveling to Bonaire from Aruba, Curacao, or St. 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 holiday address 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 June 1, 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 email@example.com.
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 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 OR a NAAT test. PCR and antigen 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 24 hours before departure.
- The test must be performed by an accredited laboratory
What are the requirements for a NAAT test?
Incoming travelers aged 13 and older must to get tested for COVID-19 with a PCR test AND an antigen test OR a NAAT test. NAAT testing must meet the following requirements:
- The NAAT test must have been taken within 24 hours before departure for Bonaire.
- The test must be performed by an accredited laboratory. NAAT is a collective name for the following tests: mPOCT, NAAT, PCR of RT PCR, LAMP en TMA.
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 24 hours before departure OR your NAAT test taken within 24 hours before departure for Bonaire.
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, which includes the United States and Canada, and have a negative PCR test AND an antigen test or a negative NAAT test taken before departure, you do not need to be quarantined upon arrival on Bonaire. 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.
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.
TESTING AT THE RESORT
Divi Flamingo offers on-site COVID testing daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $55 per person for an antigen test and $125 per person for a PCR test.
Guests can sign up for testing online anytime at www.bonbida.com/covid-19-pcr-testing-on-bonaire/payment-divi-resort.
Test results will be e-mailed after taking the test, and the Front desk can print these results if needed. For assistance with on-site testing on alternate days, please contact the Front Desk.
Bonaire also has additional testing facilities throughout 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) | Antigen Test - $75 (includes results & travel documents) | 24-Hour NAAT Test (coming soon)
Phone: + 599 787-5687
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: Boulevard Gob. N. Debrot 74
Book Appointment Online: www.bonbida.com/covid-19-pcr-testing-on-bonaire
*On location testing is available for $120 per location (one time location surcharge, not per person)
Cost: PCR/NAAT Test - $125 | Antigen Test - $65 | Combo PCR (NAAT) Test & Antigen Test - $171 (10% discount)
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: Courtyard by Marriott - Kaya International 2
Book Appointment Online: www.bonairesafetravel.org
* PCR on location testing is available for $150 per location (one-time location surcharge, not per person)
Test Lane Covid Test Bonaire (antigen test only for hotel guests - same-day results)
Cost: Antigen Test - $30
Hours: Monday–Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Address: Island Car Rental - Kaya International 130 (across from Flamingo Airport)
Book Appointment Online: coronatestbonaire.com
*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.