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Passports, Immigration & Customs

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Before embarking on your sub-tropical island getaway, make sure to pack the required documents:

  • A round-trip ticket to Bermuda

A return or onward ticket, i.e., a round-trip ticket, or other proof of onward transportation to a country to which the passenger has right of entry is required of all visitors.

  • A valid, machine-readable passport

All travelers must carry with them proof of citizenship and identification, specifically a passport, for return to their own country or for re-entry through another foreign country as required by Bermuda Immigration authorities. This applies to adults as well as children/infants travelling alone or with their parents.

Note: For visiting yachts and their crew click here for more information.

Note: Married women whose identification documents are in their maiden name but who are travelling under their married name should also carry their marriage certificate or certified copy as further proof of identity.

Note: For a list of Nationals who are required to present a visa to enter Bermuda, please visit the website of the Bermuda Government's Department of Immigration.

Visas to enter Bermuda may be obtained from the Visa Section of a British Embassy, British High Commission, British Consulate or other British Foreign Service establishment aboard. For more information, visit the Bermuda Government's Department of Immigration website.

For detailed information on Bermuda’s customs & duty allowances and regulations, download our Customs Regulations Fact Sheet.

clothing

Think smart casual. The atmosphere of our island is still imbued with British reserve and decorous informality. Modesty is the prevailing rule, whether you are swimming at the beach or walking through town.

  • Bathing suits, abbreviated tops and short shorts may be worn at our beaches and pools, but a cover-up is wise when off the beach
  • The beaches are relaxed, but there are no nude or semi-nude beaches on our island
  • Casual sportswear may be worn at lunchtime in our restaurants, but many dining establishments and nightclubs ask gentlemen to wear a jacket in the evenings
  • When making dinner reservations, it is always wise to check on dress requirements

Season-by-Season: What to Wear

In the warmer months (May to mid-November), make sure to pack:

  • Summer-weight sports clothes, swimsuits, a raincoat or lightweight windbreaker for daytime activities
  • Evenings call for casual elegant cottons, with ladies in a light dressy sweater or cocktail-type outfits and gentlemen in a sports jacket and tie

In the cooler months (December to April), visitors should bring:

  • Light woolens or fall-weight casuals, sweaters, a raincoat, windbreaker or coat and, as always, swimsuits for the daytime
  • Evenings deserve elegant lightweight woolens, with ladies in a dressier sweater or cocktail attire and gentlemen in a suit or sports jacket and tie
holidays

Our national holidays are certain to delight visitors of all ages. We hope you will join in the celebration, complete with Gombey dancers and maybe a parade. To get the most up to date calendar of our national Holidays, download it here.

New Year's Day

Sporting events held island wide and the Gombeys dance in the streets throughout the neighbourhoods. Wednesday, 1st January, 2014;  Thursday, 1st January 2015;  Friday, 1st January, 2016;  Sunday, 1st January, 2017.

Good Friday

Bermudians traditionally spend the day kite flying in open fields and on beaches such as at Horseshoe Bay beach and eating codfish cakes and hot cross buns. Friday, 18th April, 2014;  Friday, 3rd April, 2015;  Friday, 25th March, 2016;  Friday, 14th April, 2017.

 

Bermuda Day

Bermuda Day is the highlight of Heritage Month, the month of May. Formerly known as Victoria Day (after Queen Victoria) and later Empire Day, the holiday is now Bermuda Day...a day steeped in tradition. Bermudians traditionally take their first dip in the ocean; sporting events include the Half-Marathon Derby running races, plus fast-paced cycle and roller blade races all between Somerset Island and Pembroke Parish; the Bermuda Fitted Dinghies' first race of the season is held in St. George's Harbour. The afternoon features the colourful and cultural Bermuda Day Parade that winds through the streets of the City of Hamilton. Monday, 26th May, 2014;  Monday, 25th May, 2015;  Tuesday, 24th May, 2016;  Wednesday, 24th May, 2017.

National Heroes' Day

Every year we honour those individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Bermuda's heritage and set a shining example of service on behalf of others. Monday, 16th June, 2014;  Monday, 15th June, 2015;  Monday, 20th June, 2016; Monday, 19th June, 2017.

Emancipation Day & Somers' Day

Before 1947, too many Bermudians were missing work to attend an annual cricket tournament, the Cup Match. So, it was declared a two-day holiday with historical reason: Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery (August 1, 1834); Somers' Day honours Admiral Sir George Somers whose shipwreck brought our first settlers. The two full days of cricket are broadcast live on both local radio and TV so you can follow the game while enjoying the beaches and parks or staying home and relaxing. Thursday & Friday, 31st July & 1st August, 2014;  Thursday & Friday, 30th & 31st July, 2015;  Thursday & Friday, 4th & 5th August, 2016;  Thursday & Friday, 3rd & 4th August, 2017.

Labour Day

The Labour Day holiday activities are organised by the Joint Labour Day Organizing Committee that comprise all of Bermuda's trade unions and the corporate sector. The day's activities include a march, road races, entertainment, cultural food and exhibition. Monday, 1st September, 2014;  Monday, 7th September, 2015;  Monday, 5th September, 2016;  Monday, 4th September, 2017.

Remembrance Day

Bermuda's Fallen Heroes are remembered and honoured in this solemn parade and service held at The Cenotaph on Front Street in the City of Hamilton. Tuesday, 11th November 2014;  Wednesday, 11th November, 2015;  Friday, 11th November, 2016;  Saturday, 11th November, 2017.

Christmas Day

Special Nativity Tidings and Christmas Eve midnight candlelight services in all denominations island wide. Thursday, 25th December, 2013;  Friday, 25th December, 2015;  Sunday, 25th December, 2016;  Monday, 25th December, 2017.

Boxing Day

Traditionally a day to visit friends and family or to receive guests and to finish off the Christmas eats such as cassava pie. Sporting activities include soccer and harness racing. Also, the Gombeys can appear anytime, anywhere! Friday, 26th December 2014;  Saturday, 26th December, 2015;  Monday, 26th December, 2016;  Tuesday, 26th December, 2017.

Bermuda Visitor Information Centres

For a seemingly endless supply of brochures and guides sure to hit the spot of any Bermuda tourist, drop in to one of our three Visitor Information Centres. Our staff has access to a wealth of knowledge, from directions and phone numbers to the best hidden spots to discover.

City of Hamilton
8 Front Street next to the Ferry Terminal
City of Hamilton
Pembroke Parish
Tel: 441 295 1480
Royal Naval Dockyard
Visitors' Courtyard
Royal Naval Dockyard
Sandys Parish
Tel: 441 542 7104
Town of St. George
7 King's Street
Town of St. George
St. George's Parish
Tel: 441 297 0556
 

Money

  • Legal tender in Bermuda is the Bermuda dollar, which trades at the same rate as the US dollar and carries the same symbol ($)
  • Bermuda and US currencies are accepted interchangeably, but change is almost always given in Bermudian currency
  • Canadian dollars, British pounds and other foreign currencies will need to be exchanged at local banks
  • ATMs may be your best bet for exchanging money. They are fast, accessible and usually offer a great rate. HSBC Bermuda, Butterfield Bank and Capital G Limited all have on-island ATMs available 24 hours a day. Check convenience stores, gas stations and your hotel for the nearest ATM. On-island ATMs dispense only Bermuda dollars.

Money Orders & Traveller's Checks

Due to recent changes in the laws (the US Patriot Act and the Bank Secrecy Act), Travellers’ Checks and Money Orders in US dollars will not be accepted in Bermuda effective March 1, 2014. As they can be purchased for cash with no identification required, there has been increasing use of these instruments in fraudulent financial transactions.

Electricity

  • The electrical current in Bermuda is 110 volts, 60Hz AC, which is the same voltage supported by the US and Canada 
  • Travelers from the UK and Europe will need to use an adapter since two-pronged plugs are in use island-wide

Time Zone

Standard Time in Bermuda is Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours. In other words, the clocks on our island read:

  • One hour ahead of New York
  • Two hours ahead of Chicago
  • Four hours ahead of Los Angeles
  • Four hours behind London
  • Five hours behind Rome
  • Five hours behind Munich

Daylight Savings Time will be from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Telecommunications

Though our island may be small in size, our international telecommunication system ranks among the best in the world for reliability, quality and sophistication.

  • Our island provides state-of-the-art telephone, fax, Internet, wireless and wireless roaming services
  • Bermuda's country code is 441
  • Direct dialing is possible to and from the island
  • Worldwide and international prepaid calling cards can be purchased locally
  • Local calls at public phones cost BM50 cents
  • Many shops and hotels sell prepaid phone cards usable at public phones
  • For international collect and credit card calls, most public phones accept a variety of cards including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, Discover, EuroCard, JCB and Bell
  • Most mobile phones will work on the island; ask your carrier ahead of time to make sure
  • To avoid excessive roaming charges, many visitors rent mobile phones

General Post Office

The main post office is located in the City of Hamilton. Contact them at:
56 Church Street
Hamilton HM 12
Tel:  441 297 7893
Fax:  441 292 1928

Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Saturday, 8am - 12pm

Postal rates
Contact the General Post Office for rates or visit their website.

No country maintains an embassy on our shores, but the US and Portugal have consulates here.

US American Consulate - Robert Settje

  • General Crown Hill
  • 16 Middle Road
  • Devonshire Parish DV 03
  • Tel: 441 295 1342
  • Fax: 441 295 1592
  • Email: hmlamcongen@state.gov

Portuguese Consulate

  • Melbourne House
  • 11 Parliament Street
  • Hamilton
  • Tel: 441 292 1039
  • Fax: 441 292 0137
  • Email: mail@cnham.dgaccp.pt

Honorary Consuls

Many countries have appointed 'honorary consuls' on our Island to represent their unique interests. Should you need to consult someone, here is the contact information:

  • Austria (Honorary) Oskar P. Lewnowski
  • Tel: 441 292 0305
  • Fax: 441 292 0312
  • Email: lewnowski@logic.bm
  • Denmark (Honorary) Bent Poulsen
  • Tel: 441 295 4806
  • Fax: 441 295 4788
  • Email: bdatop@maersk.com
  • Germany (Honorary) Jens Alers
  • Tel: 441 295 0614
  • Fax: 441 292 1549
  • Email: jalers@amlp.bm
  • Ireland (Honorary) John Kane
  • Tel: 441 295 6574
  • Fax: 441 296 7318
  • Email: jkane@avondale.bm
  • Italy (Honorary) Giocchino Di Meglio
  • Tel: 441 295 5391
  • Fax: 441 295 5327
  • Email: italia@northrock.bm
 
  • Luxembourg (Honorary) Curt Engelhorn
  • Tel: 441 295 1082
  • Fax: 441 238 0331
  • Mexico (Honorary) Rod Attride-Stirling
  • Tel: 441 296 8314
  • Fax: 441 295 6566
  • Email: rsas@aswlaw.com
  • Sweden (Honorary) Jens Juul
  • Tel: 441 293 7242
  • Fax: 441 293 7242
  • Email: jensjuul@logic.bm
 
 

Overseas

Bermuda does not have its own embassies or consulates abroad as they are represented by Great Britain. Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for more details.