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Thread: US Airlines Returning to Bonaire in February

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    Is our responsibility to protect those who choose not to get vaccinated? Should those of us who "choose" to become fully be vaccinated be restricted for those who do not?

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    From what i read on Bonaire Crisis site it says that NAAT test would be acceptable but that the other two tests are also acceptable (pCR withon 72 hrs then antigen within 4)
    We really need to know whats going on and how to meet the requirements as we have a flight from miami booked to Bonaire 4/7, and if we need to rebook through curacao we will do so asap...Please if anyone has up to date info please advise here!!
    What we were waiting for is to see if the first direct flight to Bonaire actually happened 3/16..doest sound promising though..

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    As of today, you need a PCR test taken within 72hrs of arrival and an antigen (rapid) test taken within 4hrs of DEPARTURE to Bonaire in order to be admitted into Bonaire from the US. Depending on where you are traveling from you get your PCR test, results the next day, travel the 3rd day - get a rapid test done before departing Miami and fly to Boniare assuming there are US flights from Miami to Boniare in April. American mat show that they are flying direct but don’t be shocked if they cancel a week before departure. It’s safer to book now through Curacao - my opinion. United and Delta are saying no direct Bonaire flights from the US until June the earliest.

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    We are scheduled to fly down Saturday, 3/13. We live in mid-size city where test results are now projected 2-4 days, which makes it very difficult to have results in hand at USA departure. We’ll do a PCR test at local doc in box tomorrow morning to be sure, hopefully, to have some result. We’ll also do an at-home mail-in test tomorrow afternoon l, which will be within the 72 hr window. We did similar in December and test results for the family were trickling in as we were flying down there. So, for us, a backup test seems necessary.

    We hope to get the antigen test in Curaçao in time to catch the last flight to Bonaire. We’ve got about 2 1/2 hr turnaround. I’ll advise how it goes.

    Our daughter will join us 3/20 coming from Chicago. She has no issues with getting PCR test results in timely manner but her layover with testing in Curaçao is only 1 hour 45.

    The logistics of the trip induce a lot of anxiety. We went down in December. The trip was stressful because of the various paperwork and requirements. It all went smoothly, thankfully. Once we got there, it was totally worth it. The sun and water will restore you, if you need it, which I did.

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    We'll be in line behind you at the antigen test line in Curacao Marybeth, if the uncomfortably short connection in Miami works for us. We are doing the extra PCR test tonight as well as a safety. In 20 + years of coming to Bonaire I don't recall ever being this stressed about getting there. It has seemed that the obstacles pop up weekly. It has made it hard to remember that this is a luxury problem, and ignore the rumor mill of faceplant regarding the latest uptick in cases and elevation of restrictions.

    Speaking of which, can anyone enlighten me as to why the words "face mask" are nowhere to be found in the official health guidelines? Is it a Dutch thing? Local?

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    We arrived on March 4th via Curacao. The Antigen test wasthe same as the PCR and we had our results in 15 minutes. Only 5 people on the American flight were connecting to Bonaire so it was quick. With the English variant here things are getting difficult fast. It sounds like a level 6 lock down will go into effect on Friday. If that is the case, all takeout will be closed. Dive shops are operating under the guise of take out and thus diving may come to an end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeto View Post
    It sounds like a level 6 lock down will go into effect on Friday. If that is the case, all takeout will be closed. Dive shops are operating under the guise of take out and thus diving may come to an end.
    Lots of rumors are flying around. They are, indeed, rumors. BonaireCrisis explicitly says today that "Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna has called on the population to keep the peace and not go after fake news. The call was made after a voice message circulated yesterday that Bonaire would go into lockdown. That is certainly not the case, RENA has stated."If there is really big news, then I will be the first to share it with the population," said the Lieutenant Governor. Reliable information and reports on measures are shared from the Communication and Protocol department with the population and the press."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    As of today, you need a PCR test taken within 72hrs of arrival and an antigen (rapid) test taken within 4hrs of DEPARTURE to Bonaire in order to be admitted into Bonaire from the US.
    BonaireCrisis says today: :Until recently, as a traveler of 13 years and older from a high-risk area, you had to show the negative results of the PCR test and the antigen test upon arrival on Bonaire. From 3 March it is sufficient to show 1 negative result of a test, namely the NAAT test, which is taken no more than 12 hours before departure.* Travelers aged 13 and older can now only take the NAAT test instead of the PCR test and the antigen test that was required first.
    * The NAAT test must be taken up to 12 hours before departure to Bonaire.
    * NAAT is a group name for testing, which includes the following tests: mPOCT, NAAT, PCR or RT PCR, LAMP and TMA"
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    Quote Originally Posted by tursiops View Post
    BonaireCrisis says today: :Until recently, as a traveler of 13 years and older from a high-risk area, you had to show the negative results of the PCR test and the antigen test upon arrival on Bonaire. From 3 March it is sufficient to show 1 negative result of a test, namely the NAAT test, which is taken no more than 12 hours before departure.* Travelers aged 13 and older can now only take the NAAT test instead of the PCR test and the antigen test that was required first.
    * The NAAT test must be taken up to 12 hours before departure to Bonaire.
    * NAAT is a group name for testing, which includes the following tests: mPOCT, NAAT, PCR or RT PCR, LAMP and TMA"

    The 12 hour NAAT test is of no value to travelers from the US as there is nowhere you can get a test completed 12 hours before arrival on a direct flight. Until US airports offer a antigen test or Bonaire has testing (including quarantine for those who fail the antigen) Curacao is going to be the only option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tursiops View Post
    Lots of rumors are flying around. They are, indeed, rumors. BonaireCrisis explicitly says today that "Lieutenant Governor Edison Rijna has called on the population to keep the peace and not go after fake news. The call was made after a voice message circulated yesterday that Bonaire would go into lockdown. That is certainly not the case, RENA has stated."If there is really big news, then I will be the first to share it with the population," said the Lieutenant Governor. Reliable information and reports on measures are shared from the Communication and Protocol department with the population and the press."
    Word on the street is Rijna has another press conference scheduled for Friday. Today showed another big jump in local infections.
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