Bonaire, a beautiful island located in the southern Caribbean, has now reopened for tourism.
Known for its coral reefs, diving, incredible nature reserves, and one of the top destinations worldwide for sustainable tourism, Bonaire is an idyllic paradise, especially for those looking to escape the winter.
While Bonaire has been a little more cautious than some other nations in the Caribbean, the island has now reopened and is welcoming tourists back to its shores.
Countries Permitted to Visit Bonaire
All nations welcome.
However, they must only fly through either Canada, The Netherlands, or Curacao.
The Island Governor, Edison Rijna stated: “Passengers from Curacao, Canada and the Netherlands (i.e. Europe) are now welcome. Anyone from anywhere in the world may come to Bonaire via one of these three countries. The reason that it is currently only possible to fly from these three countries, is in order for us to be able to regulate the number of people entering Bonaire.”
Flights to Bonaire
Currently, as of November 10, flights to Bonaire are only authorized from:
- The Netherlands
There is still a ban on flights from the USA, which Island Governor Edison Rijna says will be reviewed every two weeks.
The Netherlands offers a daily flight to Bonaire on KLM, a 10-hour direct flight to the island. Divi Divi air has multiple direct flights from Curaçao each day, which are only 25 minutes. Sunwing is set to restart their Toronto-Bonaire route in February.
Bonaire’s COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
All travelers must have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure from one of the 3 embarkation points mentioned above.
If visitors are coming from Curaçao, there are 3 testing facilities in Curaçao that provide testing with fast results.
*Residents of Sint Eustatius and Saba do not need a PCR test. Children under 12 also do not require a test.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
If the passenger fulfills the negative PCR test requirement, there is no quarantine upon arrival in Bonaire.
However, if a passenger does not fulfill the PCR test requirement, they must quarantine for 14 days.
Health Declaration Form
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Bonaire
- Gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited
- Social distancing of at least 1.5 meters and frequent handwashing
- Wearing of masks on the inbound flight, on all public transportation including taxis, and when social distancing cannot be maintained
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available. There are no details if Bonaire will make a proof of vaccination record (POVR) mandatory for entry.
What’s Open in Bonaire
The Bonaire Tourism Board told us that most hotels and villas have reopened with increased health and safety protocols.
As of October 26: Shops, restaurants, casinos, and gyms have all reopened while adapting their services to meet the requirements by the Public Health Department.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Bonaire?
Canada, USA, UK, Australia, the EU, Mexico and many more countries can all enter Bonaire visa-free to up to 90 days.
If you are from an African or Asia country, you may need a visa. Check here for Bonaire’s Visa policy info
Bonaire Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Check to see if your nationality requires a visa to enter Bonaire
- Take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure into Bonaire
- Fill out the Online Health Declaration Form 48 hours before arrival
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Originally published November 10, 2020