Customs Information

Bonaire - All


All shipments are subject to inspection. The customer does not need to be present at the destination during the clearance process. Customer must contact Destination Agent upon arrival Used household goods and personal effects are duty free if they have been owned and used by the customer for over six months. The goods must not be sold or lent for at least 12 months (six months if previous residence was within the European Union) after importation. The goods are in accordance with the social status of the Customer. Re-importation of used goods within one year requires special documentation for duty-free import. If the customer is not staying in the Netherlands Antilles for a minimum of 12 months, a bond will have to be posted for duties and taxes.

  • Passport copy with entry stamp
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Work Permit
  • Bill of Lading / Air Waybill
  • Inventory

Electronics: Electronics, computers, TV’s DVD players etc should be loaded to the rear of the container for easy access by Customs officials. Once Customs stamps all documents, the goods may be delivered to the residence.


Foreign diplomats, members of government or international organizations are granted tax and duty free
entry of their personal effects and household items either new or used. Customs reserves the right to
inspect the shipment.

Documents Required:
  • Diplomatic Franchise
  • Passport Copy
  • Comprehensive inventory list in English
  • Import Document No. 39 - granted by Inspector of Taxes, The Hague
  • Comprehensive inventory list in English or Dutch


Customer must be present when clearing an automobile through Customs. Used autos are allowed duty
free import of owned and used by the customer for over six months. 

Documents required:

  • Certificate of Title and Registration - must be original
  • Commercial/Purchase Invoice – must be original
  • Work Permit copy
  • Copy of Lease or Deed of Residence


The customer must be present at the Customs clearance process. Upon examination by a Customs officer your pet may be subject to quarantine. Cats and dogs are subject to regulations EU No. 998/2003 of the European Parliament. Pets may enter as checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo. Prohibited: (also in transit): dogs and cats from Central and South America, except from Suriname Birds: Psittacine birds (parrot type birds) need approval from the nearest Dutch consulate, Veterinary Service or local Ministry of Agriculture to verify breed of bird(s) are not endangered. Birds are forbidden importation if arriving from a country infected with Avian flu. The import of psittacine birds from Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Honduras, Indonesia, Nicaragua or Paraguay is also prohibited.


  • Certificate of Vaccination – including rabies, dated less than 30 days prior to arrival
  • Health Certificate - dated less than 14 days prior to arrival or 2 months if importing birds
  • Microchip, proof thereof for cats and dogs


  • New items require original receipts

  • Prescription medications need to be clearly marked
  • Expensive jewelry requires proof of possession such as receipt, insurance policy or appraisal
  • Customers 18 years of age and older are allowed one fifth of liquor, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and
    250 grams of tobacco. If you exceed the stated quantity you will have to declare at port of entry


  • Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind
  • Pornography and subversive material
  • Rifles, ammunitions and other weapons are subject to a special license
  • Leather goods from Haiti