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Bonaire 2021: Travel Info

"Like the soft corals in the surge of the ocean, be flexible and just flow with it!"

Hello Happy Travelers!  

We hope you are as excited as we are to share this experience with you! 

Many guest traveling to Bonaire have traveled with a New England Dive Travel Adventure in the past, for some this will be the first time. Covid19 has changed the world in many ways. As the popularity and ability of International travel resumes, we would like to remind you that the ways the world travels has changed. 

Each country, and sometimes each island within a country, have developed individual practices regarding Covid19 safety protocol. This link to keep you all informed about the who’s, what’s, if’s, and’s, and how’s.

This link will be kept updated as a reference page with date and time stamps for any changes that may occur about your trip. 

Below, you will find the most current information available pertaining to your trip itinerary.

 If any revisions or changes are made, a notation with the date and time will be added to the top of each section. The most important itinerary information will be kept pinned to the top of this link for easy viewing access.

This page will be used to communicate the most recent and relevant information about your trip to you.

This link is public and can be shared. We hope this will help you keep others in your life updated about your travel plans. Each time a significant new update is posted, registered guests will receive an email containing a link to this page notifying them. Please look for the update stamp at the top of each section to locate any changes

FAQ (Facts & Questions):

If you have a question about your upcoming travel, please refer to this page. It is likely the answer to your question can be found here. As new queries arise, as they often do, I will be adding and expanding this resource.  (This section can be found at the bottom of this article.)

Trip Itinerary & Important Information:

(Last Updated: 03Sep21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

* 7 Nights Accommodation (based on Double OCC. or Single Occupancy fee.)

* Breakfast, lunch, dinner

* 11  Boat dives/ Unlimited Shore Diving

* Roudtrip on-island transfers

* All taxes

* Resort Amenities

—- Airfare for those who purchased the group itinerary.—

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Divi Flamingo Resort & Casino

Address: 40 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
 
Phone: +599 717 8285
Divi Flamingo

Where we are going:

Flight Information:

Please arrive to the airport at least 3 Hours prior to your scheduled flight to allow time for check-in, security and boarding. 

*THERE IS NO GROUP BUS FOR THIS TRIP*

*Our Flights leave from Bradley International Airport*

AddressSchoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

American Airlines

Departing- NOV 13th,2021

AMERICAN #338: Hartford 6:15A– Miami 9:43A
AMERICAN #1379: Miami 10:30A -Bonaire 2:22P

Returning- NOV 20th,2021

AMERICAN #1379: Bonaire 3:41P -Miami 6:00P
AMERICAN #1272: Miami 7:35P -Hartford 10:40P

Airport Information:

(Last Updated: 03AUG21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Note: Due to the early flight, some travelers are choosing to book a hotel room at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel Bradley Airport on site at BDL. The 1 nights stay would include 7 days of parking in their garage. If you choose to do so, this would be booked independently and is not included as part of the group travel package. (Check hotel allowance of flight times to ensure you will not need to book an 8 night parking package.)

Bradley International Airport (BDL) Hartford, CT.

Finding Your New England Dive Group Leader

  • Check in at the American Airlines International counter at BDL airport Hartford, CT. 
  • American Airlines suggests checking-in 3 hours before your departure time.
  • Clear Security Checkpoints– (You will need a passport valid within 6mo of the date of return May 14th, 2022.)
  •  A lead member from New England Dive will meet you at your departure gate.
  • Download the App Mobile Passport to expedite re-entry into the US.
  • Download  the American Airlines App. in advance for updated flight information and inflight entertainment access.

Luggage & Carry-On Items

American Airlines Baggage Policies:

Bonaire Travel Restrictions:

(Last Updated: 03AUG21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

For current updates and information on COVID-19 visit: www.bonairecrisis.com

At check-in, boarding and arrival, travelers must present the printed health declaration, the result of a coronavirus test and/or a vaccination certificate.

All travelers must complete a Public Health Department health declaration form online between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. This declaration can be downloaded at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org

Current Covid Policies for Entering Bonaire:

A Negative  PCR test within 48 hours of travel. 

Current Covid Policies While in Bonaire:

Additional test for American travelers, exception for short stays

https://www.bonairecrisis.com/additional-test-for-american-travelers-exception-for-short-stays/

Kralendijk  – From Wednesday, 1 September, 2021, all American tourists must undergo a free antigen test at the Public Health Department (PG) on day 5 after their arrival. The reason for this is the fact that -from that date on- the United States has been designated a high-risk country for Bonaire. An appointment will be made for this test upon arrival at Bonaire airport. An exception will  apply to travelers on a short stay.

US travelers who are on Bonaire for  a seven-day stay should theoretically undergo the antigen test at PG five days after their arrival and a test with a commercial company for their return trip. However, these travelers  will not have to undergo an antigen test at PG on the fifth day of their stay. They will be allowed to undergo only the test for their return trip at a commercial company, as long as that result is sent to PG.

The exception applies to US travelers who need to undergo a test for their return trip on day 4, day 5, or day 6 of their stay. These travelers do not have to undergo the antigen test at PG, but must have their return-journey test result sent to PG. All travelers must arrange the test for their return with a commercial company and pay for it themselves.

Q&A TRAVELERS: Use this link to access the most updated Question & Answer section for Travelers on www.bonairecrisis.com 

Q&A MEDICAL: Use this link to access the most updated Question & Answer section for Medical on www.bonairecrisis.com 

Q&A VACCINATION: Use this link to access the most updated Question & Answer section for Vaccination on www.bonairecrisis.com 

** EVEN IF YOU ARE VACCINATED you need to present your vaccination card AND a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST taken within 48hrs of travel to BONAIRE.**

Many of your questions can be answered using this link. Please educate yourself using this website before you contact the staff at New England Dive and learnmore about the requirements and protocols for your future travel to Bonaire. 

How to get a PCR test Prior to Travel:

  • Many have reported getting a test at a YALE testing location seems to have the fasted turn around to obtain results. 
  • It is rumored this is because their testing is completed  in house and not mailed out. 
  • Use this Link to find a YALE COVID TESTING STATION near you.  
  • When asked for the reason for test, the answer “Covid Test” seems to be the correct answer. 
  • You will need a YALE MYCHART ACCOUNT to obtain results. A paper copy MUST be carried with you while traveling. 
  • Results are NOT guaranteed within the 48 hour requirment period. However it states results are typically available 24-48hrs.
  • Making a back-up 2nd test at an additional company that does testing may be a good option to ensure you have the documentation you need for travel, however you may get billed by your insurance company if you have more than 1 test within a 2-week period. 

Covid Testing Options:

  • YALE- COVID -19 Testing Sites OFFER:

    • Reliable PCR tests
    • Same day, and next day appointments
    • Results typically available in 24-48 hours
    • Convenient self-scheduling
    • Many sites are open seven days 

Current Restrictions Returning to the USA from Bonaire:

Use this link to learn more about return testing requirements.

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

It is to our understanding, that the hotel will help arrange this test (possibly at the hotel) on the 5th day for the group.

Covid-19 testing departure DAC Airport location

Online Booking and Testing Information.

Antigen Test
$50.00
 
PCR (NAAT) Test
$125.00

International Travel Information:

  • Health Precautions: Read Your Health Abroad and check out recommendations for vaccinations and other health considerations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Money Matters: Before going abroad, notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel, and check exchange rates. For information about using cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs overseas, read information about your destination.
  • Safeguard Your Documents! Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other separately from your original documents. To help prevent theft, do not carry your passport in your back pocket, and keep it separate from your money.

    • Passport: Apply several months in advance for a new passport. If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
      • Children’s passports: Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Check passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.  
      • Europe Travel via Canada and UK: Europe’s 26 Schengen countries strictly enforce the six-month validity rule. If you are transiting through Canada or the UK : which do not have that requirement : your passport must be valid at least six months, or airlines may not let you board your onward flight to Europe.
    • Medications: Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries. Check with the embassy of your destination(s) about regulations and documentation before you travel

Travel Insurance:

(Last Updated: 03AUG21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Travel Insurance is not included in your package. If you would like to purchase Travel and/or Dive Accident insurance this would be done independently. You are not required to purchase these insurances, however they have proven to be useful in situations. Without them there are many situations in which your guide will not be able to assist you if you do not have insurance.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellation unless the space can be sold for full price to another traveler. If you would like to purchase Trip insurance independently you can get a quote using the link below to a company called TravelSafe, or use the company of your choosing.

Trip Insurance Quote

CLICK HERE for your Travel Insurance Quote

The link above to TravelSafe was suggested by our group air booking agent. If you have questions about inclusions or policy please contact travel safe directly. 

Travel Insurance Is Highly Recommended:

TravelSafe Travel Insurance

GeoBlue Travel insurance

DAN Travel Insurance

 

Any insurance questions should be directed to the insurance company. The group leader and coordinator will not have the answers you may have about these programs. Please contact the companies directly with questions to be clear that the product you purchase covers the specifications you desire. 

Dive Accident Insurance is Highly Recommended:

DAN (Divers Alert Network) 

Dive accident (and equipment insurance) are also highly suggested options. DAN is the diving industry’s largest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. DAN offers insurance programs, and memberships

Dive Accident Insurance information.

Dive Equipment Insurance Coverage.

If you sign up for DAN:                                                                                  Please list New England Dive #2782626 as your referring dive center. 

Please keep a paper copy of any insurance policies with you while traveling, as well as, email a copy to the New England Dive Travel Adventure department to keep on file during travel.  

FAQ & Updates:

(Last Updated: 03AUG21) *New posts containing additional informative content will appear first in this section*

Wait?...So, what do I have to do to go to Bonaire?
  • Show proof of a Negative PCR test within 48 hours of air travel. 
  • All travelers must complete a Public Health Department health declaration form online between 72 hours and 48 hours before departure. This declaration can be downloaded at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org
  • US travelers who are on Bonaire for  a seven-day stay should theoretically undergo the antigen test at PG five days after their arrival and a test with a commercial company for their return trip. However, these travelers  will not have to undergo an antigen test at PG on the fifth day of their stay. They will be allowed to undergo only the test for their return trip at a commercial company, as long as that result is sent to PG.
  • Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.
How Much will the test cost that is needed to return to the US?

Covid-19 testing departure DAC Airport location

Antigen Test
$50.00
 
PCR (NAAT) Test
$125.00
What if I had my own airfare or would like to use an airfare credit I already have?

You will need to book your own airfare and will not be able to sign up for the group airfare.

I know someone interested in joining the trip, how can they sign up?

That’s great news! And they are welcomed, there are currently  1- single & 1- double spaces available that need to be filled.

What add-ons have I purchased?

Please check your most recent invoice using the email you have on file.  

+$100 Unlimited Nitrox

+ $100 Afternoon Boat

+$500 Single Room Charge

(There are limited spaces available for some add=on options. If you are not signed up for an add-on and would like to, then please contact jill@NewEnglandDive.com as soon as possible before space is gone.

Where can I find out more details about the trip?

You can find additional descriptions and links to information about your trip on the NewEnglandDive.com website under the Trips section. Here you will find a page all about your trip to Bonaire.  

I have read all the details listed here and have more questions. Who should I speak to?

Any additional questions can be directed to Jill@NewEnglandDive.com. Or by phone (203) 284.1880 ext. #210