Bonaire is an island in the Caribbean Sea, one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Forms the so-called ABC islands along with the Dutch countries of Aruba and Curaçao. Bonaire is a special municipality within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (openbaar lichaam – “public body”). The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander is the head of state. Local currency is the US dollar. Official language is Dutch, with Papiamento as a recognised regional language.
Bonaire used to be a part of the constituent country of the Netherlands Antilles until its dissolution in 2010. Apart from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles consisted of Aruba, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten – and collectively comprised an offshore zone that had not applied taxation standards required by the OECD. On its own, Bonaire is not considered a tax haven. Today economy of Bonaire is based on tourism.
After the status of Bonaire changed within the Kingdom of Netherlands, a special legal regime was introduced that differs both from the mainland Netherlands and from other former Netherlands Antilles. For instance, double taxation agreements signed by the Netherlands does not apply here; neither does the Dutch income tax.
Business activities in Bonaire are regulated by the Dutch legislation with certain local adjustments.
Main types of businesses in Bonaire
- Besloten vennootschap (BV) is private company
- Naamloze vennootschap (NV) is public corporation
- Commanditaire vennootschap is lmited partnership
- Maatschap is general partnership
- Vennootschap onder firma is full partnership
- Eenmanszaak is single proprietor firm
- Stichting is fund
Commercial register of Bonaire is managed by the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel – KvK). This institution represents businesses on different levels of power in the autonomy. It is also an advisory body to the government and Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Contents of the commercial register of Bonaire
Main extract available from the commercial register of Bonaire is a company profile (Excerpt from the Commercial Register). It comes in Dutch or English and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Company representatives
- Directors (incl. their date and place of birth)
- Legal address
- Current status (active or inactive)
- Type of business
- Main activities
- Information about licenses
- Branches and subsidiaries
- Registered capital
- Tax reports
- Registrar’s contact information
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 7-14 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
An extract from the business register of Bonaire can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- Register legal entities with foreign participation
- File legal claims
Bonaire acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 1 March 1967, as a part of Kingdom of Netherlands.
Therefore, the documents issued in Bonaire are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.
Apostilling usually takes about two weeks.
In addition, you can order notarised translation from Dutch or English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Kingdom of Netherlands and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
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|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 595,00 €||from 500,00 €|