You have planned out your trip to Bonaire! You are all ready to get to one of the best islands in the Caribbean. Everything is set in place, except actually getting to Bonaire. Don’t let yourself miss out on an amazing travel opportunity simply because flying can be difficult. That’s why we are here to help. We have observed many different flights to Bonaire and compiled an article explaining everything you need to know.
It’s important to keep in mind how airlines work, especially if you don’t fly often. Cheaper seats have more restrictions, but they are almost always bought first. The closer you book to your flight, the more expensive it will be. It is advised to book your flight at least six weeks in advance, if possible. Usually, you can find special deals for flights, either online with a site such as Expedia or through a travel agent. Before you book your flight, check for any restrictions. Some flights do not let you refund the flight or change the date at all, whereas some let you do this for a fee. These kinds of restrictions will always be written in the small print. Try to figure out when you will return before you book, as you have to book your return trip too. If you aren’t positive, make sure you know the penalty for changing the date.
Generally, tourist entry for Bonaire is only for 14 days. However, 30 day extensions may be given at immigration. European passport holders may stay up to 120 days, but they must receive an extension from immigration first. Any tourists who apply for an extension beyond 30 days must have travel insurance, both medical and liability, for the duration of their stay.
A valid passport is required to travel to Bonaire. The passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Bonaire.
Keep in mind, that when you leave Bonaire, you will be required to pay a departure tax. The tax for all international locations is 35 USD, and 9 USD for domestic locations. There is also an airport improvement fee, which is 5 USD for international destinations, and 4 USD for domestic destinations, as of November 2017. Children 2 and under are exempt from the departure tax. Children between the ages of 2 and 12, and seniors over the age of 60, receive a 50 percent discount on the tax.
Flying to Bonaire from North America is one of the easiest routes in the world. United Airlines offers direct flights from the USA in Newark and Houston. Delta Airlines offers direct flights from Atlanta. In Toronto, Canada you can get a direct flight with Sunwing. It is also possible to fly via Aruba or Curaçao to Bonaire. There are nonstop flights from American Airlines in Miami and Charlotte, which fly directly to Curaçao. It is only a twenty minute jump between Curaçao and Bonaire. Also, JetBlue offers a nonstop flight from New York to Curaçao.
Flying to Bonaire from Europe is a little bit more complicated, but it is possible. Amsterdam provides direct flights to Bonaire with TUI and KLM. Air Berlin provides direct flights from Dusseldorf to Curaçao. If you aren’t in Amsterdam or Dusseldorf, you will need to travel to one of those places first.
Flying to Bonaire from New Zealand or Australia gets incredibly tricky. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from New Zealand to Bonaire. However, you can fly from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia. Then, you go to Amsterdam, which goes directly to Bonaire. This is via KLM airlines.
There are also no direct flights from Australia to Bonaire. From Sydney, you fly to Los Angeles. Then, you fly to Atlanta, and then it’s a direct flight to Bonaire. This is on Delta Airlines. Via Delta, the flight path is the same from Melbourne and Brisbane.
Flying from Asia to Bonaire is a bit tricky. There are no direct routes to Bonaire, as the distance just makes it an unviable option. However, if you are in Asia and would like to fly to Bonaire, you have options. The best bet would be to fly to Los Angeles, and then to Atlanta, as you can get a direct flight from there. From some Asian cities, such as Beijing and Tokyo, it is easier to fly directly to Atlanta, and then to Bonaire.
It can be somewhat difficult to fly to Bonaire from Latin America, depending on where in Latin America you are. There are no direct flights to Bonaire from Latin America. However, there are connection flights available with Avianca, Copa Airlines, Gol, Lan Colombia, SBA, Aserca Airlines, Surinam Airways, Insel Air via Curaçao and Aruba. You can connect from Mexico directly to Bonaire in Houston with United Airlines. Also, inter island carriers Insel Air and Divi Divi Air provide service to Bonaire.
Flying to Bonaire doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know the right route to take. If you are planning to travel to Bonaire soon, check out my travel blog for the best information regarding traveling to Bonaire, beaches to visit in Bonaire , and more.You can reach out to me directly with any travel related questions you may have. Enjoy your flight!
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