COVID-19

Read and/or download our COVID-19 procedures here (PDF).

 

Dive Friends Bonaire Updates & Alerts:

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us daily between 8 am and 5 pm Bonaire time at +599 780 2572 (Phone or Whats App) or by sending us an e-mail at info@divefriendsbonaire.com.

Updated, Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Yellow Submarine, Sand Dollar/Den Laman and Port Bonaire remain open from 9 AM till 2 PM every day. Dive Friends Retail is open from 10 AM till 2 PM. Contact us if you prefer to check in at a different locations.

Update, Monday, June 1st, 2020

Dive Friends Retail is open 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Update, Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Our Port Bonaire location is also open from 9 AM till 5 PM every day.

Update, Monday, May 25th, 2020

Our retail store at the roundabout in Hato will be open 4 days a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Updated, Friday, April 10th, 2020

Sand Dollar and Yellow Submarine remain open, every day of the week from 9 am till 5 pm. If you need private tanks filled, this is possible at Sand Dollar between the opening hours or at Port Bonaire upon request. Please make an appointment first if you would like to have your own tanks filled at Port Bonaire.

There have been no changes regarding the retail shops. For details, please find information in the update from April 2nd.

Updated, Saturday, April 4th, 2020

We changed the opening hours for our Sand Dollar and Yellow Submarine locations. We are open from 9 am till 5 pm.

Updated, Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Dive Friends has temporarily closed several locations until further notice. Our Sand Dollar and Yellow Submarine locations remain open for now with the same opening hours as you are used to, from 8 am till 5 pm.

The Retail shop at the roundabout will only open on request. Please call first to make an appointment and we will open for you. You can reach us on +599 787 3860.

The REEF store in town will remain open. Please meet our staff at the REEF store if you would like to shop at Dushi shoes and Dushi style, as these will only open on request.

Updated: Monday, March 30th, 2020

Dive Friends Bonaire closely follows all developments regarding the Corona virus / COVID-19.
We do understand that, at this moment, tourists aren’t able to reach the island due to the travel ban. We hope that you postpone your travel so we can welcome you another time!

For all locals and tourists who remain on the island, we would like to inform you which measures we have taken to fight the spread of the virus.

  • All our locations have a special rinse tank with bleach to disinfect gear. As a guest of Dive Friends Bonaire, you allowed to use it.
  • After use of rental equipment, it gets cleaned with bleach. This applies to regulators, masks, snorkels, and BCD inflators.
  • All our shops and stores are consistently disinfected.
  • At the moment we do not serve coffee and/or tea. Our water barrel is filled with fresh, cold water, we do ask you to bring your own cup.
  • We keep to social distance agreements in all our stores. Distance marks are in place at every counter.
  • Currently we do not provide rescue courses to maintain hygiene and social distance. All our other courses are adapted.

We offer all our guests a 100% future credit for their booking and hope to welcome you soon.

Bonaire Updates & Alerts

Updated, Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Bonaire remains closed to most countries till August 1st. We are open for the Netherlands, Curacao, Aruba, Saint Martin, Belgium, Germany, France and Luxembourg.

Updated, Thursday, June 11th, 2020

The airspace will open again for travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany from July 1st.
The number of tourists is limited to 1000 a week and need to provide the result of a negative Covid-19 test.

This test needs to be done in the Netherlands within 72 hours of your flight.

From the 12th of June, it is allowed to travel freely between Curacao and Bonaire.

Between the island there is this so called ´´bubble´´ which indicates a safe travel area. No one traveling within the islands needs to go in quarantine.

Aruba, Saba and st. Eustatius are still discussing the possibilities to enter the ´´bubble´´.

Even tough the island is open again and the emergency ordinance is withdrawn, everybody must keep to hygiene instructions, keep social distancing and stay at home when feeling sick.

Updated, Monday, May 25th, 2020

In Connection with COVID-19, the flight ban has been extended till the 15th of June

Update, Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

The first two cases are related in the sense that the two persons were in contact with each other. Although the first-person test with Corona did not definitively identify the virus, the second-person test did return as positive for Covid-19. As a result, the first person has also been regarded as a positive case of the Corona virus on the island. Remarkably, the first person has since been declared cured.

The second person is, according to the Lieutenant Governor, now also on the mend.

Third suspect case has not tested positive.

Update, Thursday, April 16th, 2020

First Covid-19 case on Bonaire:

The result of the first official infection is an “inconclusive”. This means that the result can be interpreted both positively and negatively.

In this case, they looked at the possible symptoms of the persons’ personal travel contacts in the past period. After consultation with experts on Curacao and RIVM, this case is considered a positive result.

Update, Monday, March 30, 2020

All flights from the USA, Canada and Europe to Bonaire are temporarily banned through April 10th, 2020.
Bonaire has taken these measures in order to reduce possible spreading of the virus.

Currently, all United flights are cancelled until the 9th of May, 2020.
All American flights are cancelled until the 8th of May, 2020.
Awaiting Delta’s confirmation of flight cancellations and the proposed scheduled restart date.