How to Visit Bonaire Right Now

bonaire visitThe beach at the Harbour Village resort in Bonaire.

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is back. 

American travelers can return to the island beginning next month, when both American Airlines and Delta relaunch service from the U.S. to Bonaire. 

On June 5, American Airlines will be resuming weekly flights from Miami to Bonaire, with service on Saturdays. 

On the same date, Delta will be relaunching weekly Wednesday service from Atlanta to Bonaire. 

The news comes as Bonaire sees strong demand from U.S. travelers to visit the island, buoyed by Bonaire having been named number one destination to visit in the Caribbean in 2021.

So what do travelers need to know? 

All visitors to Bonaire need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival; additionally, visitors need to also show proof of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival. 

If they’re unable to get the antigen test before arriving in Bonaire, the island has set up an antigen test location at Bonaire International Airport. 

Alternatively, travelers also have the option of taking a single PCR test within 24 hours before departure, as opposed to the two tests.

Bonaire has launched its “’Bonaire Friendly Safety Seal” program, which certifies local businesses who have met the island’s rigorous health and safety regulations. 

The island’s celebrated Brass Boer restaurant.

“We have been eagerly awaiting the return of direct flights from the US to Bonaire and have used this time to focus on improving the destination’s offerings,” said Marjolein Oleana, business manager at Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “These measures will ensure consistency in visitor experiences as we welcome travelers in a safe, responsible and organized way.”

A villa at the Delfins Beach Resort.

The island’s hotel sector is back and expanding, with signature hotels like the Harbour Village and Delfins Beach Resort open and welcoming back guests. A major new resort, the Chogogo Resort, is set to open its doors later this year. 

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— CJ