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Visiting Bonaire with Your Pet

Arriving by plane with your pet

Those who wish to arrive by plane and who wish to travel with their pets (either in the cabin, if a small animal, or in cargo) should contact their air carrier as soon as possible to ascertain if the airline can transport the animal. With Bonaire’s consistently warm weather, some airlines will place restrictions on transporting pets in the cargo hold of planes, as the temperature can simply become too high for the animals. Additionally, many airlines will restrict the number of small animals that can be carried on into the cabin (per flight).

Prepare the pet for travel.

Once you have ascertained that travel with your pet is possible, you will also need to get your pet “chipped.”  This means that a small identifying microchip is placed under the pet’s skin. This procedure can be done by your animal’s vet. All pets coming into Holland, and this includes Bonaire as one of the BES Islands, must have chips in place.  If your pet is not chipped, then the airline can deny boarding at your point of origin.

A chihuahua preparing to move to Bonaire.

Bring the proper paperwork for your pet.

Finally, for pets originating in the United States, it is recommended that your veterinarian or local authority completes and signs the Bonaire Veterinary Certificate.  You may download this document by clicking here (available in PDF format in both Dutch and English). Please note: The English translation is written directly after the Dutch words. Furthermore, the rabies vaccine has to be given at least 21 days before flying to Bonaire. You also need a health certificate from your vet before entering Bonaire. For any additional questions regarding the bringing your pet to Bonaire, please contact one of the vets listed below.

Vet care on Bonaire.

Should you require vet care for your pet while on Bonaire, there are two vets:

Veterinary Doctors
Flamingo Island Veterinary Center
Julio A. Abraham Boulevard 13,
+599 717-3338
Dienenasiel Bonaire
Kaminda Lagoen 26
+599 717-4989

Be sure to follow local laws.

There are beaches where government regulations prohibit the walking of dogs, primarily so as not to disturb sensitive ecological areas. Dogs are not permitted on these beaches:

  • Playa Lechi (Sunset Beach)
  • Playa Lechi South (Boulevard)
  • Playa Chachacha
  • Playa Pal’i Mangel (Donkey’s Beach)
  • Bachelor’s Beach
  • Salt pier to Willemstoren
  • Sorobon
  • Cai
  • Thousand Steps
  • Tolo
  • Nukove
  • Klein Bonaire

It is prohibited to enter the Cargill Salt Company area without permission.


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

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