Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Aruba and Bonaire to open borders for tourism soon

Photo credit: Flavio Vallenari/iStock

Photo credit: Flavio Vallenari/iStock

Aruba has come to a decision on when it will open its borders.  

It will be done on a phased basis to protect the Aruban community and its visitors.  

The government of Aruba says “Bubble ABC” will begin from June 15 which includes Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.  

Travel will be possible between the Dutch Kingdom Islands in the Caribbean without having to go into quarantine but doing a medical screening or a test on arrival.  

From July 1, Aruba will re-open international travel for Europe, Canada and the Caribbean, with the exemption of The Dominican Republic and Haiti.  

From July 10, Aruba’s borders will re-open for travel to the United States.  

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Meanwhile, the Aruba Tourism Authority in a statement says official opening dates for other markets including South America and Central America have yet to be determined.  

Travellers will be required to follow a new embarkation and disembarkation process to enter the country.  

CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes said: “While there will be some necessary adjustments, our visitors’ Aruba experience will still have the essence of One happy island. We are confident in the measures we have taken as Aruba is once again Open for Happiness.” 

Mandatory travel requirements will soon be available on Aruba.com.  

In addition to social distancing, Aruba is placing temporary capacity limits on some of the more popular tourist destinations to decrease the flow of visitors at peak times in more heavily trafficked areas, without limiting overall access. 

BONAIRE  

Bonaire’s Tourism Board has announced its airspace which has been closed since mid-March will open again in a limited form from July 1 for tourists.  

[Main street Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk on the island of Bonaire- Photo credit: Stephan Kogelman/iStock]

A trial run on travel began yesterday (June 11) with a flight from the Netherlands.  

The trial period will run from June 11 to June 30 where more than 100 people will come on these flights, including students and emigrants from the Netherlands.  

On arrival these passengers will be tested at the airport, go into quarantine at home and be monitored during their stay.  

From June 12 it will be possible to travel from Curacao to Bonaire and vice-versa under the following conditions:  

  • Passengers from Curaçao who come to Bonaire do not have to be quarantined. 

  • They are allowed to move freely on Bonaire. 

  • People from Curaçao must comply with generally applicable preventive measures (such as social distancing).   

  • If they have complaints related to COVID-19, they must report to the Public Health department. 

  • They must provide their address and telephone number. 

Bonaire says it also intends to form a travel bubble with Aruba from June 12 under the following conditions:  

  • Aruban passengers who come to Bonaire do not need to be quarantined. 

  • Bonairean passengers who go to Aruba do not need to be quarantined. Aruba has yet to agree to this. Consultations are still taking place between Bonaire and Aruba. 

  • When Aruba allows American passengers to enter, the airspace with Aruba will be closed. 

The Tourism board says travel between Sint Eustatius and Saba has become possible again.  

Passengers from Saba and Sint Eustatius who go to Bonaire do not have to be quarantined, they are allowed to move freely on the island. 

However, Saba and Sint Eustatius are still waiting because as small islands they have fewer care capacities and are vulnerable. 

From July 1 tourists can return to Bonaire.  

The airspace is being opened to travellers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.  

These countries were chosen because the figures show that there are few coronavirus infections.  

A maximum of 1,000 tourists will be admitted per week however travellers from the Caribbean islands are not included in this.

The following conditions apply to tourists from Europe: 

  • Tourists must have completed a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight. The result of the test must be negative (they are not infected with the Coronavirus). This also applies to residents who have been in the above countries. 

  • On arrival on Bonaire, they must provide the result of the test. 

  • They can move freely on the island. If they are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay in their hotel or holiday home. 

  • They should then call the Public Health department. The Public Health department determines whether a test is necessary and ensures that the person is tested. The person must remain in his / her room until the test result is known. 

  • They must have travel and accident insurance so that they are covered against additional medical costs on Bonaire. 

  • The OLB is not responsible for passengers who cannot return to their country of origin. 

  • The Public Health department advises together with the TCB on rules for hotels and catering. 

  • Staff of hotels, catering and healthcare have priority to be tested if they have complaints. 

CURACAO 

[Willemstad, Curacao - Photo credit: sorincolac/iStock]

No date has been given yet on the re-opening of Curacao’s tourism sector.  

However, Curacao Airport Partners (CAP) says it has been working on several adjustments to the airport facilities.  

This is in order to comply with guidelines established by its local authorities, which will allow the island to once again welcome travellers.  

It says all travelers, whether inbound or outbound, can be assured that a carefully constructed plan has been put in place to safeguard their travel and the well-being of Curacao’s airport personnel. 

 

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