Updated: May 19
Connection via North America
While Covid‑19 has limited flying international for most countries. The economical worth for Bonaire via the US has always been imperative. The connection with US and Canada. Bring a substantial flow of income to nearly all businesses here. For over 6 months now. Bonaire has closed its borders to North America. RELEVANT NEWS: Flights coming from the US will begin flowing as of February 6th, 2021. Say, government officials.
Bookable flights via Miami and Newark
I’ve done some research, you are able to book a direct flight to Bonaire from February 15th, with American Airlines and Delta. Flights go for as little as $200.‑ This means that a substantial number of tourists will be able to access Bonaire. And hopefully, give some businesses a boost. Particularly in the Diving and Kiteboarding Sector.
Connection via Europe
While Bonaire is still considered a Code Orange. Meaning it is advised not to travel to the island. Only if necessary. Nevertheless. Doors have been open via Amsterdam for a tremendous amount of time. As of now, Bonaire is allowing all travelers to reach Bonaire so long they meet some requirements (listed below). However. There is currently a ban on flights from the following countries: South America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Cape Verde, and the Dominican Republic. (According to Bonairecrisis.com)
Certain doubt with Amsterdam connection
There’s quite some speculation on Bonaire in regards to Dutch connection. Right at this moment (January 2021), there’s an active curfew in the Netherlands. Meaning, traveling is very limited. I’ve heard from a large number of people that the European connection will close soon. This is a non‑official argument. But there’s a high chance that it’s because of the curfew that, direct flights via the US and Canada will be possible again.
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Requirements to reach Bonaire
In short, you must book a flight nearly as close to your travel date as possible. You must go through an antigen test (if it applies to you) or a PCR test within 72 hours to departure. The requirements are extensive and rather specific. I’m quoting what it’s stated on BonaireCrisis.com: The requirements for travel to Bonaire are as follows: * All travelers, 13 years and older, must possess a negative PCR‑test result in order to be able to travel to Bonaire. * The PCR test must have been done within 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire. * Travelers to Bonaire from high‑risk countries: the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, and some later the Netherlands** must undergo also the antigen test. *Travelers must undergo an antigen test within 4 hours before departure to Bonaire. **It will probably take until the beginning of February 2021 before the requirement for an antigen test for travelers from the Netherlands to Bonaire will be implemented. There are several locations in the Netherlands where this rapid test may be taken. * In addition, all travelers must complete a health declaration form for the Public Health Department no earlier than 72 hours or later than 48 hours before departure. This may be done at: www.bonairepublichealth.org * The health declaration, the PCR‑test result, and the antigen test result must be shown at check‑in, boarding, and arrival on Bonaire. * The negative test result of both 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 a negative PCR‑test result and negative antigen test result, you will not be allowed entry and you will be sent back. * 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.
Health And Travel Insurance
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. Travelers from Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten require a PCR test but they do not have to undergo the antigen test. On 1 December, 2020, Winair commenced temporary direct flights between Sint Eustatius and Bonaire on Tuesdays. Travelers from Saba and Sint Eustatius do not have to undergo a PCR test or antigen test before they travel to Bonaire, but they are required to complete the health declaration online.
Are you interested in visiting Bonaire? We’re happy to help if you have some unanswered questions. Bonaire is an incredible island filled with so much nature and landscapes. And of course, tremendous for practicing Kiteboarding. Did you know Bonaire is listed among the top 10 locations of the world with minimum cases of Covid‑19? We'd say if you are healthy and you don’t have the virus. Come by and rest in this beautiful paradise. If you do have covid‑19. Our advice: get better, get tested, and come at a later stage. We are following all regulations to keep the island as virus-free as possible.
All Photos by: Israel Gil