Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba
On April 09, 2021, the Island Government of Bonaire officially launched its Tourism Recovery Plan. The Plan includes a variety of activities which promote the long-desired transition to “quality tourism”. This type of tourism is focused on generating more income with fewer tourists, while at the same time protecting the core values of the island.
Travelers are advised that all costs, resulting from a possible COVID-19 contamination and observation on Bonaire are the responsibility of the traveler. These include but are not limited to medical costs, quarantine and/or isolation costs or required longer stay. As such, all tourists traveling to Bonaire are recommended to ensure they have travel insurance, inclusive of COVID-19 coverage.
No requirements apply to passengers traveling to Bonaire from the following countries:
Australia, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Thailand, Iceland and South Korea.
For countries that are not mentioned above:
Travelers 13 years or older must have a negative coronavirus test to enter Bonaire with a negative .
The results of the following tests are accepted on Bonaire:
1. A negative PCR or NAAT-test result, from a test taken within 24 hours before departure or
2. A negative PCR-test result, from a test taken within 72 hours before arrival, and a negative Antigen-test result, from a test taken within 24 hours before departure
All travelers to Bonaire must also submit a completed health declaration form to the Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure.
The printed health declaration and the coronavirus-test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival on Bonaire.
For detailed travel requirements included the list of high-risk countries where there is a flight ban in place for direct flights to Bonaire please review the Public Entity of Bonaire (OLB) Q&A’S for Travelers and the Bonaire COVID-19 Tourist Protocol before planning your visit.
ISLAND FUN FACTS
Religion: Roman, Catholic, Protestant
Carnival: Bonaire’s Karnaval (Carnival) season like many others is a pre- Lenten celebration. It occurs during the months of January to March and culminates on Shrove Tuesday (day before Ash Wednesday. Several activites are usually planned inclusive of the Tumba Music Festival, Jump-ins, Youth Karnaval Parades and the Grand Karnaval Parade. The season comes to an end with the traditional burning of the effigy King Momo at midnight signalling the end of the Karnaval season and the beginning of Lent.
Currency: US Dollar
Language: Dutch, Papiamento
Side of Street Drive-On: Right
“Just off the coast of Venezuela, this southern Caribbean gem welcomes visitors to its sunny shores. A municipality of the Netherlands, Bonaire has been under Dutch protection since 1636, after winning a war against the Spanish. However, Spanish was still the predominantly spoken language until the late 1800s. With a unique history and cultural tapestry, the island of Bonaire in the Leeward Antilles is a wonderful destination to see a different side of the Caribbean.
History lovers should head to Bonaire Museum. With preserved tools from pre-colonial times, colonial artifacts, and some natural artifacts like coral and fossils. The building of the museum is also a historic site, dating back to 1885!
For those who want to learn more, the Terramar Museum showcases exhibits that focus on specific periods of Bonaire’s history, such as shipbuilding, colonial agriculture, or the native populations. The museums also hosts rotating exhibits, so who knows what you might learn!”
THINGS TO DO
Many events throughout the Caribbean have been either postponed or cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. As countries have begun to adjust to the new normal, events have restarted on a smaller scale and in keeping with health and safety protocols.
“When you decide to make your travel arrangements to Bonaire, be prepared for a lengthy trip. While the Flamingo International Airport does accept international and regional flights, Bonaire is a relatively small island.
Each major carrier, such as United Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines, only offer one or two direct flights to Bonaire from key hub airports. Check out Bonaire’s tourism website for a full and updated list of these flight plans.
Several cruise lines offer itineraries that include Bonaire. However, one of the most popular is Royal Caribbean, which is featured on many of their Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries. Caribbean cruise itineraries.featured on many of their Southern Caribbean cruise itinerariespopular is Royal Caribbean, which is featured on many of their Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries.
Several cruise lines offer itineraries that include Bonaire. However, one of the most popular is Royal Caribbean, which is featured on many of their Southern Caribbean cruise itinerariestourism website for a full and updated list of these flight plans.
Several cruise lines offer itineraries that include Bonaire. However, one of the most popular is Royal Caribbean, which is featured on many of their Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries.”