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Citizens of the UK, Germany, Spain and several others do not require a visa to stay in Bonaire for up to 90 days, while residents of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg do not even need a passport to enter the country. Nationals of the US, Australia and Canada can stay on the island for up to two weeks without a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months upon arrival. Travelers from other countries should check their visa requirements at

Health and Safety

Very little crime is reported in Bonaire; however, the usual precautions are always worth keeping in mind. Try to avoid traveling alone at night and avoid carrying valuables or large amounts of money. There are few signs of poverty and locals tend to be extremely friendly. Attacks against tourists are almost unheard of; however, it always helps to keep an eye on belongings, especially in large crowds. Valuables should not be left unattended on the beach or in hotel rooms and always use the safety deposit box.

Tap water and the local food are both fine for consumption. It is always worth investing in private healthcare before visiting Bonaire as medical offices are not few and far between. The island’s only hospital, the 60-bed Hospitaal San Francisco in Kralendijk, has comprehensive emergency facilities. Vaccinations are not necessary and Malaria and Yellow Fever are not an issue. If medication is required, pharmacies can found throughout the capital in some smaller communities, usually keeping standard hours.

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