Kralendijk – It’s been in the air for a while, but that wasn’t possible yet: testing passengers who arrived at Bonaire Airport.
After a lot of work done on both sides of the ocean, it now appears to be flying off the ground. The goal is to be able to test passengers arriving on the island with antigen testing starting May 25.
Hestia CVC director, Xander Schurink, who was previously responsible for setting up a joint test facility with local BonLab, previously argued for testing on arrival. “It is literally possible that people haven’t left the infected yet, but they turn out to be sick when they arrive.”
Currently, the test on arrival has yet to be combined with a negative PCR test before departure.
The head of operations (COO) at Flamingo Airport, Onno de Jong, confirms the arrival of the test center at the airport in a conversation with Bonaire.nu. “A real boost for Al Jazeera,” he says between two other conversations. The arrival testing facility is an important condition for the start of direct flights from the United States, among other countries, and its first flights are scheduled to begin in early June.
The least positive for a tourist who tested positive on arrival is that he must still remain in central quarantine until the symptoms are gone. However, most tourists would be expected to be willing to take this risk