Your Buddies™ Know Before You Go 2021

Your Buddies – Know before you go 2021

Bonaire is open for travelers from all countries. This means that you can finally book your stay at Buddy Dive Resort and enjoy the vacation you deserve. Needless to say, your buddies on Bonaire are ready for you and cannot wait to welcome you again.

Before traveling to Bonaire, we want to inform you about the requirements for traveling to and from Bonaire. That is why we have created Your Buddies – Know before you go.

Before arrival on Bonaire

When traveling to Bonaire it is mandatory for all travelers 12 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

 Important information to know:

If guests have been vaccinated against COVID-19, they can still be a COVID carrier, therefore having a negative PCR-test result upon entry into Bonaire and a negative antigen test upon re-entry into the United States is still required. When the rules for vaccinated passengers change, Buddy Dive will send the updated information.

Testing requirements for traveling to the USA, Curacao, and the Netherlands:
Below you will find the testing requirements for traveling to the USA, Curacao, and the Netherlands:

  •  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/
  • For extensive information about traveling to and from the USA please click here.
  • Travelers from Bonaire, 7 years and older, must undergo a PCR test when they travel to Curacao. The result of this test must be negative. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure. Additionally, travelers of 7 years and older, are required to take an antigen test three days after arrival on Curacao. Each passenger must arrange an appointment for the antigen test at least 48 hours before departure to Curacao. Different rules apply to fully vaccinated residents from Curacao. For details visit: www.bonairecrisis.com.
  • Before departure to The Netherlands, travelers are no longer required to take an antigen or PCR test. Also going into quarantine upon arrival in The Netherlands is no longer advised.

Covid testing offered by Buddy Dive Resort:

  • Buddy Dive resort offers antigen rapid tests and PCR – tests for your return flight. 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.
  • When departing on Saturday: During your stay, you will receive a link/ QR-code, to schedule the appointment for your test. Please make sure to schedule your appointment within the required time frame. 
  • When departing on any other day: Contact the front desk to schedule your required test for departure.
  • 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, The costs for a PCR- test are $125 per person and need to be paid directly when booking.
  • All the procedures will follow the guidelines set by the Central for Disease Control and Prevention. More information can be found on https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/global-airline-testing-order_2021-01-2_R3-signed-encrypted-p.pdf

In case of a positive test result:

  • In case of a positive rapid test, Buddy Dive Resort will arrange a same-day PCR test to exclude a false positive test. ($ 125 per person at the expense of the client, charged to the room)
  • In case the PCR test will also result in a positive result Buddy Dive will have to communicate the results to the local authorities. They will decide the conditions and duration of the mandatory quarantine. Normally people that have tested positive have to remain free from symptoms for 24 hours before they are allowed to leave quarantine. Please note that 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 quarantine. The length of it is decided by the Public Health Department of Bonaire. Taxes, meals, and beverages are at the guests’ own expense.
  • In case there is no accommodation available, Buddy Dive will help to find suitable accommodation elsewhere on the island at the guests’ own expense.
  • We strongly recommend taking travel insurance that covers these expenses.

If, after reading this file, you have any questions or concerns. Do not hesitate to contact us at reservations@buddydive.com. We are here for you.

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.

 

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