Testing requirements for; Traveling to Your Buddies on Bonaire

When traveling to Bonaire it is mandatory for all travelers 13 years and older to have a negative Covid-19 test result. The test results need to be known before departure and need to be shown at check-in, boarding, and arrival on Bonaire. Travelers of all ages need to bring a health declaration filled out 48 – 72 hours before departure. Please find the testing options allowed below:

Option 1:
A NAAT test taken 24 hours before departure to Bonaire.
+ Bring the health declaration form filled 48 -72 hours before departure.

Option 2:
A PCR-test taken 72 hours before arrival on Bonaire + an antigen rapid test taken at Flamingo Airport
Bonaire. Costs of the antigen test on Bonaire: $47,50 to be paid with a credit card.
+ Bring the health declaration form filled 48 -72 hours before departure.

The health declaration form can be found here: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form. We highly recommend taking the required test in the country you are traveling from to prevent a positive test result at Bonaire airport.

Important note:
In case you are taking the antigen test at Flamingo Airport Bonaire; make sure to schedule your appointment before departure. You can schedule your test here:
www.bonairesafetravel.org/arrivalBonaire

 

After arriving at Your Buddies on Bonaire

In case of a positive test result at Bonaire airport upon arrival

  • To exclude a false positive test, you need to take a PCR test at the public health center the next day.
  • You will have to stay in isolation at Buddy Dive Resort. This has to be in a separate room from your negatively tested travel companions while awaiting the test result. Also, your travel companions need to stay in quarantine while awaiting your test result.

In case the PCR-test result is negative:
All quarantine and isolation restrictions for you and your travel companions will be lifted.

In case the PCR-test result is positive:

  • You will have to stay in isolation in a separate room from your travel companions for at least 5 days and remain in isolation until you are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Buddy Dive has to communicate the test results to the local authorities and you and your travel companions will need to follow the directives of the public health department of Bonaire.
  • Your travel companions need to stay in quarantine*. After 5 days, they are allowed to test again. If the test result is negative, all quarantine restrictions for your travel companions are lifted. The tests are at your own expense.

*In case your travel companions can show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19, they do not have to
stay in quarantine but only need to take the PCR test after 5 days.

In the unlikely event you need to go in isolation:
Buddy Dive will provide accommodation at Buddy Dive Resort free of charge for guests who booked a Drive & Dive package. This is based on availability and for the duration of the mandatory isolation. In case there is no accommodation available, Buddy Dive will help to find suitable accommodation elsewhere on the island at your own expense. Costs for professional cleaning upon check-out of the accommodation are at your expense.

In the unlikely event you need to go in quarantine:
Buddy Dive Resort will offer 50% of the room rate as a credit for a stay in the future. All other package items you were not able to use due to the quarantine (like your diving package, car rental, etc.) will be moved to a booking at Buddy Dive Resort in the future. This is only valid for guests who booked a Drive & Dive package.

We strongly recommend taking travel insurance although they might have coverage restrictions due to Covid-19.

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Testing requirements for traveling to the US
All airline passengers to the United States from age two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the US may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. (https://cw.usconsulate.gov/news-events/covid-19-information/)

Covid testing offered by Buddy Dive Resort:

  • Buddy Dive Resort offers antigen rapid tests. Please note that these tests are for your return flight only. The mandatory tests to travel to Bonaire will not be arranged by Buddy Dive Resort.
  • Buddy Dive Resort makes the appointment for your test. During your stay, you will be informed about when your test is scheduled. The test appointment will be arranged based on the required time frame required.
  • You will receive an official travel document from the laboratory with your test result.
  • The costs for the antigen rapid test are $65 per person, and will be charged to your room.
  • In case you prefer to arrange the test yourself, please contact the front desk as soon as possible to inform them you will not need to be scheduled for the test.
  • All the procedures will follow the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

In case of a positive test result before departure to the US:

  • In case of a positive rapid test result, Buddy Dive Resort will arrange a same-day PCR-test to exclude a false positive test. ($125 per person at your own expense).
  • In case the PCR-test result is positive, Buddy Dive will have to communicate the result to the local authorities. You will have to stay in isolation for at least 5 days and remain in isolation until you are symptom free for at least 24 hours. Please note that obtaining the result of the PCR-test may take 48 to 72 hours.
  • Buddy Dive will provide accommodation at Buddy Dive Resort free of charge for guests who booked a Drive & Dive package. This is based on availability and for the duration of the mandatory isolation. Taxes, meals, and beverages are at your own expense.
  • In case there is no accommodation available, Buddy Dive will help to find suitable accommodation elsewhere on the island at your own expense.

We strongly recommend taking travel insurance although they might have coverage restrictions due to Covid-19.\

Disclaimer: All information is subject to change without prior notice and no rights can be derived from this information. Due to the rapidly changing measures, we recommend that you properly inform yourself about the applicable measures regarding travel to and from Bonaire. Despite the fact that we are happy to help you with this, we would like to point out that this is your own responsibility.