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Clearance

No stop should be made before clearing in at Kralendijk.

Clearance must be made with Customs and Immigration during working hours. A zarpe from the previous port is required.

Working hours, although stated as 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are often closed Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well as from 12:00 to 14:00 for lunch.

Immigration will normally provide clearance out of Bonaire free of charge. However, if one wants a Zarpe, or proof of exiting Bonaire, there is a fee.

Usually yachts are granted a stay of up to 6 months. Another stay may be granted if there is proof of having been out of the country (for example, clearance papers from Venezuela).

Note the currency here is US Dollars.

Last updated October 2017.

Immigration

All visitors require a passport which must be valid for at least 6 months.

Now Bonaire is a Netherlands Municipality, the rules are more inline with the Schengen Agreement. Visitors are allowed to stay for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period. After which they must leave for 90 days before returning. Although Bonaire is neither a member of the EU nor part of the Schengen Agreement Area.

You can buy an extension before the first 90 days expire. Approx. US$350 per person. If you buy an extension, be sure to have a police report from your home country that says you and any crew are not criminal, plus banking records, insurance etc. If you leave anytime during your extension period the extension expires.

Dutch and American citizens are allowed to stay for up to six months in a 12 month period.

Customs and Immigration are in the same historic yellow building which is located to the right of Karel’s Beach.

Last updated October 2017.

Customs

All firearms are impounded until departure, including flare guns and spearguns.

To either buy or import equipment duty free you must fill in a special form obtainable from the Customs office. Customs sometimes insist on inspecting the boat before departure to see that the item is still on board.

Last updated October 2017.

Health

No vaccinations or preventative medications are necessary.

The water is safe to drink.

San Francisco Hospital has 60 beds and is fully equipped. There are a number of medical doctors on the island and an air ambulance service is available.

There is also a Out of Hours Walk-In clinic (Huisartsenpost Bonaire) at Kaya Soeur Bartola 7. It is open 6pm until midnight (Mon-Fri) and all day Sat & Sun.

Hyperbaric/Recompression Chamber
For diving emergencies, Bonaire has a Hyperbaric Chamber located behind the Centro Medico Office which is accross the street from the San Francisco Hospital. It has trained medical personnel, on call 24 hours a day.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Bonaire is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Last updated September 2016.

Fees

Marine Park fees: US$25 scuba diving fee (the Marine Park Tag) allows diving at all sites, and US$10 for all other users.

There are no Customs or Immigration fees, unless an exit zarpe is required.

Last updated October 2017.

Restrictions

Bonaire National Marine Park regulations:

Due to the marine park status of the island, spearfishing is forbidden and marine life of any description may not be removed or destroyed. Spearguns must be left with Customs for the duration of one's stay as it is illegal to have a speargun in one's possession.

The authorities are making great efforts to protect the marine environment. Anchoring is prohibited everywhere. 40 mooring buoys have been placed in the area between North Pier and Harbour Village Marina (who manage them for the National Marine Park). The charge is USD $10 + 6% tax per day, regardless of boat length, for boats up to 55 feet. Longer boats will be required to stay in the marina

Anchoring, except in an emergency, is an offence. The only exception is for boats under 10 ft (3 m) who may anchor with a stone anchor.

Cruising boats are now expected to have holding tanks and the discharge of any waste is prohibited.

There are mooring buoys on all popular diving sites. The marinas collect fees on behalf of the Bonaire National Marine Park. See www.bmp.org for more information.

Radio Use: Cruising boats are expected to use only VHF Channels 71, 77 and 88A, as most other channels have been allocated to local operators. Which channels to use as working channels should be ascertained when clearing in, as the use of unauthorised channels can lead to fines and confiscation of equipment.

Last updated March 2016.

Local Customs

Dress Code: Casual (but no beach wear) downtown. Evening clothes are casual to casual nice.
Topless sunbathing and nudity is prohibited on beaches.

Pets

Dogs - Valid Rabies and Health Certificate required

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