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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.

TRAVEL

 

What countries are currently allowed to travel to Bonaire?
Currently, Bonaire has restricted incoming travel to the island. Only visitors traveling from or via Curacao and the Netherlands are allowed entry.

Bonaire Travel Requirements

What are the conditions for traveling to Bonaire?
To prevent the spread of COVID, Bonaire recently implemented these mandatory measures:

  • It is mandatory for all travelers, 13 years and older, to do a PCR test 72 hours prior to their departure. The test result must be negative, otherwise the traveler will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.
  • All travelers must complete a health declaration form within 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.
  • Travelers must present a negative PCR test result upon arrival in Bonaire. The negative PCR test will only be accepted if the result is not older than 72 hours at the time of your flight departure to Bonaire. Travelers without a negative PCR test prior to arrival on Bonaire are required to go into quarantine for 14 days immediately after arrival. 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. Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius are not required to take a PCR test.
  • 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 in order 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.


  1. It is important to fill out this form completely and accurately. Your information is intended to be held in accordance with applicable laws and is used for public health purposes only.
  2. This form allows the public health officers to use your information to contact you when necessary in case of issues with regard to COVID-19.
  3. One form should be completed by each person. Parents should complete this form for all minors.
  4. Please complete the form within 42-72 hours before your departure to Bonaire.
  5. Print the form after completion or save a digital copy on your phone or tablet.
  6. You may be asked to show this during your journey by a public health officer.

TESTING

What are the requirements for PCR COVID-19 tests?
Incoming travelers aged 13 and older are advised to get tested for COVID-19. Testing must meet the following requirements:

  • Only a COVID-19 PCR test is valid. A swab of the nasal cavity and throat is taken with a cotton swab
  • The test must be performed by an accredited laboratory
  • The test must be performed 42 hours - 72 hours prior to arrival on Bonaire

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?
A PCR test is a diagnostic test that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. This highly accurate test is taken as a nasal/throat swab and usually does not need to be repeated. Results can be given same day or up to a week.

Source: FDA

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.

Source: FDA

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.

Source: FDA

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 please have the results of your PCR COVID-19 test, with its negative result, within  prior to your 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?
Currently, Divi Resorts is requiring everyone to wear face masks in high-traffic areas, inside all establishments, when using public transportation (taxi, tourist bus, etc.), and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Do I have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before check-in?
No. You are only required to show proof a negative COVID-19 test at the airport.

- International travelers should have proof of a negative test upon arrival at the airport. We have protocols in place for any guest who is tested at the airport when entering Bonaire.
- Local residents are note required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test at 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?
Bonaire has testing facilities on the island. Anyone with questions or symptoms should call 0800 0800 and directions for possible testing will be provided.


HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES

What is the Clean Check Program?
Our CLEAN CHECK Program offers enhanced hygiene standards and safety measures at every resort. When you’re ready to travel, you can trust the Caribbean Experts!

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.


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