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Bonaire Immigration and Entry Requirements

Entry requirements into Bonaire explained.

Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa for their entry to our island.

Dutch citizens and US citizens.

European Dutch citizens, Dutch citizens from Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba and US citizens may freely enter Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for up to 180 days every 365 days. If these Dutch citizens or US citizens want to work or do an internship, a maximum stay of 90 days per 365 days without a Declaration of Admittance by Law applies.

Other nationalities.

Foreigners can enter Bonaire for up to 90 days every 180 days. This means that no residence permit is required for that period. However, you must meet certain conditions, such as being able to show proof of return and a passport that is valid for your entire visit. The three-month period may be shortened by the officials at the border (KMar) depending on the purpose of your visit and your means of existence.

In certain situations, foreigners do require visas. Contact the embassy or consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in your country of citizenship or residence for general questions about the issuance of visas (for tourist purposes or short stays).

For more information about visas, see www.rijksoverheid.nl.  If you need additional information regarding entry requirements for Bonaire, check with the Immigration Department.

Nationals of the United States and Canada may submit for their entry to Bonaire either:

  • A valid Passport
  • An official birth certificate or an affidavit of birth, plus a valid driver’s license
  • A certificate of naturalization for citizens born outside the United States, plus a valid driver’s license
  • A re-entry permit to the US, a valid non-quota immigration visa, or an Alien Registration (green card) for non-USA citizens residing in the USA, plus a valid driver’s license
  • NOTE:  All United States citizens are required to have a passport to return to the U.S.

Visitor Tax

All visitors must pay a Visitor Tax of $75 per visit to Bonaire. This applies to all non-residents aged 13 and older. The Visitor Tax is mandatory for all non-residents traveling by plane or boat. The Visitor Tax can be paid online in advance up to 7 days before your arrival or upon arrival at the airport. Please make sure you use the link provided. If a website tries to charge you more than $75, then it is not the official website. For more questions, visit the FAQ page. 

As of January 2023, cruise ship passengers pay a visitor tax of $10 per visit.

Need additional information?  Wish to prolong your visit?

For more information on visas or prolongation of your visit, call the Immigration Office on Bonaire: Phone: +599-715-8330.

For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Phone page.

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