Bonaire relaxes testing policy

13 January 2022 by Sunwise Bonaire - Reading time: < 1 minute

Effective January 16, travelers from high-risk countries no longer need to self-test upon arrival. Likewise, on the fifth day after arrival, they no longer need to have a PCR test done, now that the Omikron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has become dominant on the island.

Omikron now widely dominant

The Public Entity Bonaire (OLB) announced today that as of coming Sunday, January 16, travelers from high-risk countries no longer need to do a self-test upon arrival. They also no longer need to have a PCR test done on the fifth day after arrival.
These rather strict entry conditions were instituted by Bonaire to slow down the arrival of the Omikron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the island. Now that more than 90% of the infections on the island are caused by this mutation, there is no reason for OLB to maintain these additional conditions.

All countries high-risk country

Furthermore, as of January 16, 2022, all countries in the world are considered high-risk countries. This means that all travelers from all countries, must complete the health statement within 24 to 12 hours before departure. Fully vaccinated travelers must have a PCR test 48 hours before departure, or take an antigen test, no later than 24 hours before departure. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers, should have a PCR test 48 hours before departure. Travelers who have recently recovered from corona/Covid19 and cannot yet provide a negative test result must also provide a recovery certificate.

Source: Bonaire Crisis Website (in Dutch)

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