Contact Social Affairs and Employment (SZW)

Importante notice Saba:

Due to the lock-down on Saba, the office of the RCN-unit Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) is closed. Payments of child benefit, social assistance, AOV, AWW and the SZW emergency regulation will continue as usual. You do not need to contact us about this.

If you have urgent questions, you can send an email to or call the central number of SZW on Bonaire (+599) 715-8888.

Attestatie de Vita 

Pay attention: If you receive AOV or AWW from the Caribbean Netherlands but you no longer live on Bonaire, Saba or St. Eustatius, you normally submit a proof of life (Attestatie de Vita) to the RCN-unit for Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) twice a year. Because many organizations are closed due to measures related to the coronavirus, you do not have to submit a proof of life for the period of May 1st - June 15th, 2020. You will continue to receive your AOV or AWW pension.

Examining Physician

As a preventive measure, the examining physician will work temporarily on the basis of a telephone consultation. Employees can schedule a telephone appointment on the third day of illness instead of visiting the examining physician. This can be done by sending an email to or by calling 715-8877. The examining physician will then call back for a medical consultation.

Emergency regulation SZW

The consequences of the coronavirus measures are profound for many companies. With the temporary emergency regulation for employers on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius, they can receive a contribution towards labor costs. Independent entrepreneurs or people who were employees, but no longer have an employer because of the coronavirus, can also apply for this emergency regulation.

For more information, please visit this page.

Fully completed application forms with necessary attachments can be sent to

Entrepreneurs on Bonaire can contact the Chamber of Commerce for assistance with their application via or via 717 5595.

Individuals who need support can make an appointment by telephone with the RCN unit SZW:

Bonaire:          +599 781 5555 or 781 5556
Saba:                +599 416 3804
St. Eustatius: +599 319-5693.