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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeto View Post
    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.
    XpresCheck at IAH offers the Abbott Labs ID Now test starting at 8am, which has 15 minutes turn-around and is a NAAT test, acceptable to Bonaire.. Once United starts flying June 5, this should be an option. Of course, by June 5, the rules for entry to Bonaire will have had multiple opportunities to change.
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    If you take the AA flight Miami to Curacao (departs 12:02PM), no problem to get the minimum 4 hour antigen test before departure. A test lab across the street from Miami airport can do it in 15 minutes.
    https://www.covidtestingmia.com/book-online

    Also, a Dutch company is looking into setting up antigen testing on arrival at BIA, pending government agreement. Article and details here.
    https://bonaire.nu/2021/03/08/nederl...en-op-bonaire/

    Based on the infection trends, I think no way we will have direct flights from US for at least several more months based on this;
    https://bonaire.nu/2021/03/09/tot-15...d-meivakantie/

    I arrived in Bonaire via Curacao in Dec with no problems and plan another visit in April. Fast test in Curacao airport looks like an easy option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaGecko View Post
    If you take the AA flight Miami to Curacao (departs 12:02PM), no problem to get the minimum 4 hour antigen test before departure. A test lab across the street from Miami airport can do it in 15 minutes.
    https://www.covidtestingmia.com/book-online
    I would have a 2 1/2 h layover in MIA; is this enough time to get across the street and do it?
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    I am confused by what I read in BonaireCrisis and from ChrisL and Tursiop's posts. In multiple places I see that the requirement for a negative PCR test <72 hours. But in the Bonaire Crisis website it states that this applies only for travel from Europe. It says nothing specifically about travel from the US?

    Tursiop seems to suggest one would need a negative NAAT test <12 hours. Does anyone know of any facility that provide such a rapid service? any in Miami? the commercial services I can find provide a 24hr turn around time. NAAT and PCR tests require a absolute minimum of 1 hour to cycle through the amplification process.

    Can someone clear this confusion? I am scheduled to fly on AA from Miami to Bonaire on April 3.

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    I just requested the rules from KLM and it is as follows and i see no difference of Europe and US mentioned

    COVID-19 TRAVEL ALERTS

    • All passengers, including transfer passengers, are required to follow one of the following 2 options when traveling to Bonaire.

      • Option 1: They hold a negative Covid-19 NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification test, which includes PCR, mPOCT, NAAT, RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA test) test result, that is taken within 12 hours before boarding a flight to Bonaire.

      Alternatively, passengers who do not meet the requirement of option 1 may follow option 2.

      • Option 2: They hold a negative Covid-19 NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification test, which includes PCR, mPOCT, NAAT, RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA test) test result, that is no older than 72 hours before arrival in Bonaire. In addition to this negative NAAT test result, all passengers, including transfer passengers, must also hold a negative Covid-19 Rapid Antigen test result taken within 4 hours before boarding a flight to Bonaire (pre-departure test). Negative test results of the Rapid Antigen tests will remain valid if the travel has been delayed for reasons that are beyond passengers' control.

      Passengers must also hold a completed Negative Test Declaration form and a Health Declaration form.
      The following passengers are exempt from all of the above requirements:

      1. children aged under 13 years old;
      2. cross-border commuters, using a Medical Corridor;
      3. passengers travelling from Australia, China, Iceland, Korea (South), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore or Thailand;
      4. holders of a diplomatic identity card issued by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
      5. holders of non-Dutch diplomatic passports;
      6. holders of Dutch diplomatic passports if travelling in the exercise of their work;
      7. heads of state and members of foreign governments;
      8. air crew who do not leave the aircraft;
      9. seamen holding a seaman's record book, provided they do not leave their ship. However this does not include seafarers working for commercial yachts or pleasure craft;
      10. passengers with a NATO Travel Order or a NATO-2 visa;
      11. passengers who work on oil and gas platforms, offshore wind farms and offshore companies that provide services to the energy sector and are flying directly to the Bonaire from an offshore platform or windfarm;
      12. passengers diverted to Bonaire Flamingo International Airport (BON) whose original destination is not Bonaire;
      13. passengers who are travelling to perform tasks of national interest on behalf of the Bonaire government, and any persons accompanying them;
      14. passengers who are making a return trip with a maximum of one overnight stay to an area with a maximum of 50 infections per 100 000 inhabitants; or
      15. passengers who are travelling for urgent medical transport purposes, provided holding a statement from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

      Passengers who previously have tested positive for Covid-19 who no longer have symptoms and are no longer contagious, who are continuing to test positive are exempt from the requirement of having a negative NAAT test provided holding the following:

      1. A positive NAAT test result issued within 2-8 weeks prior to travelling;
      2. A positive NAAT test result issued within 72 hours upon arrival in Bonaire; and
      3. A negative antigen test result issued within 4 hours prior to boarding.

      In case of a permanently positive rapid test result, the passengers is permitted to enter Bonaire provided that they are holding the following documents:

      1. a positive NAAT test result issued within 2-8 weeks prior to travelling;
      2. a positive NAAT test result issued within 72 hours upon arrival in Bonaire; and
      3. a signed doctor's statement proving the passenger is no longer Covid-19 contagious, issued within 72 hours prior to boarding.

      The following passengers are exempt from holding a negative NAAT test result and a Negative Test Declaration Form but must hold a negative rapid antigen test on arrival:

      1. personnel working for goods transportation or energy industry, such as container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, fishing vessels, oil and gas platform workers, or offshore wind farms or offshore companies that provide services to this sector;
      2. air crew.

      Passengers travelling from Sint Maarten, Aruba or Curacao must hold a valid negative NAAT test result and a negative NAAT test declaration.

    • Passengers aged 13 years or older travelling to Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are required to hold a negative Covid-19 rapid test result tested no more than 4 hours before departure.
    • Passengers travelling to Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are required to make an appointment for a Covid-19 rapid antigen test at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) before travel. The appointment and the payment can be completed online at https://test2fly.nl/en/.
    • Passengers aged 13 years and above are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Bonaire. This does not apply to passengers holding a negative Covid-19 PCR test result tested within 72 hours prior to arrival as well as a negative Covid-19 rapid test result tested within 4 hours prior to departure.

    • Passengers travelling to Bonaire must complete a "Health Declaration Form" online no later than 24 hours prior to departure and save a copy in hard form or on their device to present upon arrival, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The form can be found here: https://bonairepublichealth.org/en/form.
      Passengers who have not filled out the form, or have filled out the form less than 24 hours before departure, may be refused entry.

    • Passengers traveling to and from the Netherlands are required to submit a health declaration during the check-in process, due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

    • Passengers may be refused entry if they are not holding travel and accident insurance and a completed "Health Declaration Form for travelers entering Bonaire", due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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    thanks didi,

    An "either or" option explains it.
    Option 2 is much easier to satisfy.

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