Student Life in Bonaire Island
Direct Travel to and from Bonaire Island in Dutch Caribbean
(Formerly Netherlands Antilles) can be made using KLM
(from and to Amsterdam, EU) as well as United (from and to
Houston, Texas, USA), Delta (from and to Atlanta, Georgia,
USA), and American (from and to Miami, Florida, USA)
airlines. Several daily flights also arrive and depart Bonaire
from and to Curacao and Aruba, which in turn have several
international, direct, jet flights daily from South & North
America and EU countries.
Transportation in Bonaire
Taxis and small vans are readily available for the newcomer
to Bonaire. However, once you become a familiar face on the
island, local residents may always give you a ride in their
direction. Due to the fact that Bonaire is a small island,
getting around the island should not present a problem.
Students are permitted to acquire private transportation. In
addition, several private vans by charging a nominal travel
cost will assist students living off-IUSOM campus with the
transportation to and from classrooms at International
University School of Medicine (IUSOM).
U.S. citizens and Canadians along with other nationals need
a valid passport for travelling to Bonaire. The Netherlands
Embassy and/or Consulate offices situated in various parts
of the world, who represent Bonaire abroad will be pleased
to provide information on other visa requirements.
Work Permits for Foreign Students on Student Visa in
After dissolution of Formerly Netherlands Antilles on October
10, 2010, three islands, namely, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and
Saba (BES) Islands were collectively integrated more closely
to the Kingdom of The Netherlands in European Union (EU).
Consequently, the Government of The Netherlands in Den
Haag, The Netherlands now permits the M.D. and/or
PreMed Foreign Students (on Student Visa) enrolled and
attending the International University School of Medicine
(IUSOM), to apply for the Work Permit to work in Bonaire
Island, to partially finance their costs for international medical
education at IUSOM.
Currency and Banking
The U.S. dollar is acceptable currency everywhere in
Bonaire. Visa and MasterCard are also acceptable nearly
everywhere. Banks in Bonaire are open on weekdays but
closed weekends. The five banks in Bonaire include RBC
Royal Bank, Maduro & Curiel's Bank, Banco Caribo, GiRo
Bank, and Orco Bank. Students may have funds wire
transferred directly to the banks in Bonaire. ATM machines
are also available in Bonaire. The perspective students are
advised to bring with them, a reference letter issued by their
present banks in their own countries, if they wish to open
bank account in Bonaire.
Electricity and Telephone
In Bonaire Island, electricity supplied by WEB (Water- en
Energiebedrijf N.V.) is based on the U.S. Standard of 110
volts. Students bringing computers and other electronic
equipment are encouraged to also bring a surge protector.
Modern, direct dialing, worldwide, both land line services
(provided by TELBO (Telefonia Bonairiano N.V.)) and mobile
telephone services (provided by TELBO Mobile Kla, Digicel
Bonaire, and UTS Bonaire) are normal in Bonaire. Nearly all
hotels and government offices have fax machines.
Fully furnished apartments, houses, and single rooms are
available for rent throughout the Bonaire Island. IUSOM
Housing Coordinator will provide assistance in locating
suitable housing in Bonaire.
Religious Denominations in Bonaire
Numerous religious denominations are represented in
Bonaire. Some of the churches include: Roman Catholic,
Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, Weslyan Holiness, and
others. Bonaire has also one Mosque.
Public Schools and Education for Children in Bonaire
Public schools for grades kindergarten through high school
are available in Bonaire.
Student Life at other IUSOM Worldwide Campuses
For information on Student Life at other IUSOM Worldwide
Campuses situated in other parts of the world, please
IUSOM Main Campus and Headquarters
International University School of Medicine
Kaya Mòfi 1
P. O. Box # 59
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands (Dutch Caribbean)
(Formerly Netherlands Antilles) 0000BQ
Telephone: + 599 - 717 - 6792
Fax: + 599 - 717- 8385
CRIB (Tax) Number at Caribisch Nederland Belastingdienst: 303056514
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