How to travel to Bonaire via Curacao during Covid

How to travel to Bonaire via Curacao during Covid

How to travel to Bonaire via Curacao during Covid

Flight options to Curacao and Bonaire.
If flying directly to Bonaire from the USA is not an option for you (and as of this writing, the direct flights have been postponed), then the closest and easiest option is to fly into Curacao, a quick 20-minute flight from Bonaire. Getting to Curacao is easy. There are daily flights from Miami and Saturday flights from Charlotte on American Airlines; Saturday flights from Newark on United; Saturday flights from JFK on Jet Blue. To get to Bonaire from Curacao, you have two choices: Divi Divi Air or EZ Air. Currently, Divi has the most flights and their schedules work well with incoming flights. 

Content resource: Bonairepros.com

Pass your covid tests

While Curacao only requires a negative PCR test 72 hours or less prior to your departure to the island, Bonaire currently requires you to have both a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and a negative antigen test (taken within four hours of your departure to the island).

While you can do the antigen test in the U.S. (no more than four hours before your departure and provided you arrive Bonaire that day), it may be easier to do this at the airport in Curacao. You can easily get the antigen test done at the ADC Lab in the Curacao airport for $20 per person. No appointment is necessary. Test results take 15 minutes and the whole process takes less than half an hour.

Curacao Airport Medical Test Area
photo source: alexinwanderland.com
photo source: alexinwanderland.com

Do the Curacao Shuffle

Once you land in Curacao, get ready for the 12-step shuffle. The antigen testing service at the Curacao airport is your first step before you go through Immigration. Proceed from your gate to Immigration and you will see the Medical Test Area downstairs near the escalators.

  • Step 1

    Once you have taken and received your antigen result (required for Bonaire only), continue to the agent checking your Curacao paperwork— you need hard copies of the (1) Digital Immigration form, the (2) Passenger Locater Card form and your (3) PCR test results. Be sure to have extra copies of your PCR test results because they will ask to keep a copy.

    Step 2

    Proceed to Passport Control/Immigration. Have your ticket confirmation for your flight from Curacao to Bonaire, as you will need to show you are in transit to Bonaire.

    Step 3

    Proceed to baggage claim to pick up your luggage. There are free luggage carts to use for walking to the Domestic terminal and the Divi Divi and EZ Air check-in counters.

    Step 4

    Pass through customs; tell them you are in transit to Bonaire. They may X-ray your luggage.

    Step 5

    Exit the arrival hall of the International terminal … you will now be outside … turn left and walk down the sidewalk to the domestic flight terminal (where you check in for inter-island flights).

    Step 6

    Enter the domestic terminal departure hall and you will see the check-in counter for Divi Divi and EZ Air. These are small operations and the person checking you in at the counter will probably greet you at the gate and escort you to the aircraft. Be sure and check to see if there is an option for an earlier flight.

    You will have to check your baggage (and pay any excess baggage fees if you are over your limit). This information is listed on their websites. Cash, Curacao NAf, Visa or MasterCard are accepted.

    Step 7

    Proceed through the automated Passport Control and to Immigration.

    Step 8

    Inform Immigration you are in transit to Bonaire.

    Step 9

    Proceed through security — shoes off, laptops out, 3oz liquids in baggy, etc.

    Step 10

    Go to your gate.  The gate agent will escort you to the plane when boarding commences (you have to walk outside or take a short bus ride). You will have room for a very small bag at your feet; carry-on luggage and larger backpacks will be checked and stowed on the tarmac and collected when you land.

    Step 11

    Once on Bonaire, (and before you pass through Immigration and Passport Control) there is an agent checking your COVID related paperwork: you need to show printed copies of your (1) health declaration form, your (2) PCR test result and a screenshot of your (3) antigen test.

    Step 12

    Proceed through Immigration/claim baggage/exit through customs and baggage X-ray.

    Bon Bini – you made it!

    IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The source of above mentioned content is from Bonairepros.com. AB Car Rental is not liable for this content and rules and travel regulations may change over time. Be sure to be well informed at the time of travel before you depart. Stay safe, healthy and travel responsibly! 

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