Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for the BES islands on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in the BES islands.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
Contact the local health authorities to receive information on getting tested for travel purposes.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Public spaces and services
The governments of the BES islands have put measures in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please see the below websites for the latest information:
Bonaire: see the crisis website of the Government of Bonaire
St Eustatius: see the website of the Government of St. Eustatius
Saba: see the website of the Government of Saba
Healthcare in the BES islands
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in BES Islands
Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba (BES) islands announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The BES Islands national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. British nationals resident in BES Islands are eligible for vaccination. On Saba and St. Eustatius, the aim is to vaccinate everyone aged 18 and over in one round. On these two islands, you need to register to receive the vaccine. Find more information on the website of the Government of St. Eustatius. For Saba, you can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at (+599) 416 5373. On Bonaire, priority will be given to healthcare workers and everyone aged 60 and over. Subsequently, those aged between 18 and 60 will be invited. Bonaire will issue invitations to make an appointment for vaccination by announcements on the radio, TV, in the newspaper and on social media. For more information visit the website of the Government of Bonaire.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in BES Islands, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.