Corona measures Bonaire
Since July 1, the local government of Bonaire has reopened its borders to a number of countries, including the Netherlands. Great news! Be well prepared if you plan to travel to Bonaire. Because of the corona measures, your flight and holiday can look slightly different than you were used to. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook for updates and news.
Update 7/14/2020: three infections are knownBonaire was corona-free for months. Since July 14, three new corona infections are known. All three cases are quarantined, monitored and, under circumstances, are doing well. A contact investigation will look at where these persons have contracted the virus and with whom they have had further contact. Mapping this attempts to prevent further contamination on the island. The government asks everyone to continue to adhere properly to the measures, so that Bonaire can quickly become corona-free again.
Low risk countries allowed
If you have stayed in a low-risk country for more than 14 days, you can fly back to Bonaire. This is possible with KLM and TUI. The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany are currently seen as low-risk countries. The islands in the so-called air bubble also fall under this: Aruba, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.
Corona PCR test
Bonaire cannot make a COVID-19 PCR test mandatory. It is strongly advised to have a test done if you are 13 years and older. Bonaire is prepared for possible infections, but remains a small island with limited care capacity. To protect public health, an appeal is therefore made to travelers' sense of responsibility. Make sure that the (negative) PCR test result is no older than 72 hours when you leave for Bonaire. More information about the PCR test can be found here:
It is advisable to take out travel insurance in advance for unexpected medical expenses during your stay. The costs are for you as a traveler, even if these are COVID-19 related. Check with your travel insurance if and which medical costs are reimbursed on Bonaire.
Arrival on Bonaire
You will receive a health declaration on arrival, which must be completed and signed. You can also download this before you leave and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form will soon also be available online. If you have already filled in the form in advance, please also bring a printed version with you.
Have you been in an increased risk country for less than 14 days before your travel date? Then keep in mind that you may have to be in mandatory quarantine. On arrival, cooperation is requested from all visitors. In case of refusal, a judge can take a final decision to a judicial authorization. So something to take seriously.
Social distancing of 1.5 meters also applies on Bonaire. Face masks are not mandatory, unless it is not possible to adhere to social distancing. Do you get complaints or symptoms of COVID-19? Then stay in your accommodation and call the Public Health department at +599 770-2651. They determine whether it is necessary to take a test and what the next steps will be. The accommodation may only be left again if the test result is negative.
Opportunities on Bonaire
Beaches, restaurants, places of interest, shops and a number of activities are largely open, but take the measures taken into account. Some activities are open to a limited extent. More information can often be found on websites and Facebook pages. Or contact the relevant organization. Bonaire has no public transport network or options. Furthermore, car, moped and bicycle rental are simply possible. You can walk and cycle on the designated paths and roads.
Enjoy a unique holiday
Despite all measures, there is a lot of freedom of movement on the island. This makes Bonaire, especially in times of corona, a unique holiday destination. The freedom and tranquility that the island offers ensures that you can put your thoughts elsewhere. This way you can enjoy a wonderful holiday without any worries.
More information about corona measures
On the Facebook page of the Public Entity Bonaire (local government), we go deeper into frequently asked questions for travelers. All information about COVID-19 on Bonaire can be found on the website of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland. And if you have any further questions, you can always contact us.