Bonaire Lifts International Travel Restrictions & Imposes New Tourist Tax
Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island, has published adjustments to its entrance travel regulations, which will take effect immediately. Visitors to Bonaire may now enter the country without having to submit a negative PCR test or provide confirmation of vaccination or recovery.
On March 10, neighboring islands such as Curacao and Aruba likewise abolished all Covid-19 regulations, and on March 19, Curacao and Aruba followed suit.
All international travelers will continue to be required to submit a health declaration form between 24 and 12 hours prior to their scheduled departure. You may go to the form by clicking here. Travelers are required to digitally sign the form and submit it to the Bonaire government.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, KLM and WestJet are among the airlines that provide flights to Bonaire. There are direct flights from many cities, including Amsterdam, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
Latest Tourist Taxes Have Been Implemented
On July 1, the island of Bonaire will implement a new “streamlined” tourist admission charge. A $75-per-visit tourist tax will be implemented to replace the present room tax and rental vehicle tax, which will be replaced by a new tourist tax.
It is anticipated that the tax would “continue to assist the island’s infrastructure, tourist product, eco-efforts, and education,” according to Tourism Corporation Bonaire. The tax will apply to any non-residents who are 13 years of age or older when they enter Bonaire. For non-residents aged 12 and under, there will be a $10 per visit fee imposed.
Visitors will be able to pay the tax using an online portal that will be available starting on June 15. There is also the opportunity to pay the tax at the airport if you arrive by plane. Additionally, officials have decided that, from January 1, 2023, a $10 tourist entrance charge for cruise ship passengers would replace the old “head tax.”
Passengers will be responsible for collecting and remitting the fee on their behalf, which will be handled by cruise companies. According to Miles B. M. Mercera, CEO of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, “it is critical for our tourists to realize that our admission charge is not a new or extra tax.”
“We are merely merging our current tourist taxes into a single one-time destination charge, which will make the procedure for the vast majority of visitors to Bonaire simpler and less costly. In addition, it is a critical investment back into the things that make our island so welcoming, from our environmental initiatives and cultural events to our robust and friendly local community.”