Traveling to Bonaire becomes possible again
The measures to come to Bonaire are further relaxed. The airspace that was closed since mid-March will open again in a limited form from July 1st, 2020. People can travel to Bonaire again under certain conditions. A trial with a flight from the Netherlands will start on Thursday, June 11th, 2020.
-The trial period will run from Thursday, June 11th to June 30th, 2020.
-More than 100 people will come on these flights. These are students and emigrants from the Netherlands.
- On arrival, passengers are tested at the airport on Bonaire. Passengers in the Netherlands are tested on the follow-up flights.
-People go into quarantine at home.
-People are monitored during their stay.
-They are only allowed to go out the door to do their shopping. This is only allowed if there is really no one else to do that for them.
- They must adhere to social distancing of 1.5 meters.
- People have their own responsibility to protect themselves and others.
- Their final destination must be Bonaire. Passengers in transit are not allowed.
From Friday, June 12th, 2020 it will be possible to travel from Curaçao to Bonaire and vice versa. A so-called bubble is created. A bubble is an area within which it is safe to travel from one island to another.
-Passengers from Curaçao who come to Bonaire do not have to be quarantined.
-They are allowed to move freely on Bonaire.
-People from Curaçao must comply with generally applicable preventive measures (such as social distancing).
- If they have complaints related to COVID-19, they must report to the Public Health department.
- They must provide their address and telephone number.
- The intention is to form a bubble together with Aruba as of June 12th, 2020.
- Aruban passengers who come to Bonaire do not need to be quarantined, Bonairean passengers who go to Aruba do not need to be quarantined. Aruba has yet to agree to this. Consultations are still taking place between Bonaire and Aruba.
-When Aruba allows American passengers to enter, the airspace with Aruba will be closed.
Travel to and from Sint Eustatius and Saba becomes possible again.
-Passengers from Saba and Sint Eustatius who go to Bonaire do not have to be quarantined.
-They are allowed to move freely on the island.
-Saba and Sint Eustatius are still waiting, because as small islands they have fewer care capacities and are vulnerable.
The emergency ordinance that applied until June 15th, 2020 is immediately repealed. At the meeting of the Eilandelijke Beleidsteam (EBT) on June 10th, 2020, the Lieutenant Governor decided to withdraw the emergency ordinance. This means:
-That sports and organizing tournaments are allowed again. To organize tournaments, a permit must be requested.
- That people must keep to hygiene instructions.
- That large groups should not be gathered in small spaces. Adequate ventilation must be provided.
As of July 1st, 2020, tourists can return to Bonaire. Airspace is opened to travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. These countries were chosen because the figures show that there are few corona infections. A maximum of 1,000 tourists are admitted per week. Travelers from the Caribbean islands are not included in this. The following conditions apply to tourists from Europe:
-Tourists must have completed a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight. The result of the test must be negative (they are not infected with the Coronavirus). This also applies to residents who have been in the above countries.
-On arrival on Bonaire, they must provide the result of the test.
-They can move freely on the island. If they are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay in their hotel or holiday home.
-They should then call the Public Health department. The Public Health department determines whether a test is necessary and ensures that the person is tested. The person must remain in his / her room until the test result is known.
-They must have travel and accident insurance so that they are covered against additional medical costs on Bonaire.
-The OLB is not responsible for passengers who cannot return to their country of origin.
-The Public Health department advises together with the TCB on rules for hotels and catering.
-Staff of hotels, catering and healthcare have priority to be tested if they have complaints.
Openbaar lichaam Bonaire (OLB) reminds travelers of their own responsibility. To travel remains a risky business, in many countries there are still sources of infection.
-Passengers are responsible for their own journey. There will be no regulation for returnees stranded abroad.
-All residents and visitors to the island must adhere to hygiene measures.
-Opening the airspace entails risks.
-Bonaire is well prepared.
-If there are local infections of the virus, Bonaire can provide the right care.