Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Imported products, while duty free, are typically subject to a new General expenditure tax on goods and services (known in Dutch as the ABB). The following exceptions apply: No ABB or excise duties are levied on alcohol products, tobacco or tobacco products imported by persons aged 17 or older, up to a maximum of:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigarillos or 25 cigars or 125 grams of smoking tobacco or a proportional combination of these products;
- 1 liter of spirits or other beverages with an alcohol content greater than 22% by volume; non-denatured ethyl alcohol of 80% by volume or higher;
- 1 liter of spirits or other beverages with an alcohol content less than or equal to 22% by volume; or sparkling wine or liquor wine;
- 2 liter of non-sparkling wine;
- 8 liter of beer. NB:
1) The exemption from ABB and excise duty on spirits applies only to travelers aged 18 and older.
2) Individuals employed by transport firms whose vehicles are used in international transit are only entitled to claim the exemption on one-half of the above quantities of alcohol products, tobacco and tobacco products. All other goods are exempt from ABB up to a value of:
- USD 500 for persons aged 15 and older;
- USD 150 for persons younger than 15. This exemption applies to goods valued at or below the above figures. If a good is of higher value and cannot be subdivided, the exemption does not apply and ABB must be paid on the entire amount.

Pets::

Pets: Cats, dogs, parrots and parakeets must be accompanied by a veterinarian good health certificate issued at point of origin, which should be issued a max. of 14 days prior to arrival. Furthermore, cats and dogs are required to have an electronic identification chip (microchip) implanted and, if being 4 months or older, also be innoculated against rabies. Dogs must also be vaccinated against canine distemper. These vaccinations must be administered max. 1 year and at least 30 days prior to arrival.
Prohibited (also in transit): dogs and cats from Central and South America, except from Suriname.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Bonaire, St. Eustatius or Saba, if it is labeled accordingly.



Airport Embarkation Tax

The following passenger accomodation fee is levied on passengers upon embarkation:
A. From Bonaire to:
a. Aruba, Curacao, Saba, St. Maarten or St. Eustatius: USD 9.-;
b. destinations outside the islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: USD 35.-.
Place of payment: Flamingo International Airport.
Exempt:
1. Children under 2 years of age.
2. Transit passengers arriving and departing the same day by air.

B. From St. Eustatius to all destinations: USD 10.-.
Place of payment: F.D. Roosevelt Airport.

C. From Saba to all destinations: USD 5.-.
Place of payment: J. Yrausquin Airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency: (US dollar-USD) and foreign currencies: amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- or its equivalent must be declared.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency: (US dollar-USD) and foreign currencies: amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- or its equivalent must be declared.




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