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Convenient COVID-19 Testing Options for Safe, Smooth Travels to Bermuda

Here are the easiest ways to get an expedited test result before you depart and return.

A view of Hamilton from above

A view of Hamilton from above

Bermuda has a well-earned reputation as one of the safest destinations in the world during the coronavirus pandemic. The island's rigorous preventative measures include requiring a negative PCR COVID-19 test from visitors no more than five days before travel, as well as testing upon arrival and at various points throughout their stay. Now, travelling safely to Bermuda is easier than ever with a convenient nationwide testing programme in the U.S. through Costco and AZOVA, as well as a New York City-based service from OpenClear. There are also several private sector providers in Bermuda providing a variety of customised services.

Current Testing Protocols

All visitors and returning residents must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result up to five days before travel (find more info for travellers). Travellers to Bermuda must also have a test upon arrival, as well as on the fourth, eighth and 14th day of their stay.

Your home city or state may also require a negative test before you return. Review the current guidelines for travel to the U.S., U.K., and Canada and learn more about private, on-island testing options below.

Pre-Departure Testing Options

Once you receive a negative PCR COVID test result, you are free to travel to Bermuda, with the expectation you'll wear a mask, socially distance and adhere to any other guidelines currently in place. While there are many ways to obtain the test needed for travel to Bermuda, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has collaborated with partners in the U.S. to provide three reliable testing options that are in line with Bermuda's health protocols for visitors as well as residents of Bermuda returning home:

  1. At home PCR saliva tests from Costco.com or from a participating Costco Pharmacy location
  2. At home PCR saliva tests from AZOVA
  3. In person testing options with OpenClear for NYC-based travellers

Testing Through Costco

Travellers now have two options to get tested for Bermuda travel through Costco; purchase a test kit voucher from Costco.com and have the kit shipped to your home, or purchase the test kit from select Costco pharmacy locations following an online health assessment. The tests, which start at $114.99, are saliva tests that deliver results within the new five-day turn-around period. Costco membership is not required.

The Bermuda Department of Health requires users of the Costco-purchased test kits to have the self-administered test observed. Here's how it works:

Kits purchased online and shipped to your home:

  • Register yourself at AZOVA.com/costcotest and purchase a test voucher which is delivered via email
  • Redeem your emailed voucher by taking a short health assessment, generating a lab order and scheduling your virtual test observation via video chat. (You can add dependents to your account, and they will need to follow the same process) 
  • The test kit will be shipped directly to your home via UPS overnight delivery 
  • After the self-administered test sample is collected with observation, it should be placed in the pre-paid mail packaging provided and dropped off at a UPS store for overnight delivery, or left for a UPS driver to collect. Drop boxes are not permitted. 
  • You will get digital test results within 12 to 48 hours of lab receipt, which you can then share with Bermuda’s public-health authorities via the requisite Travel Authorisation portal for all island-bound travellers 

1. Get an at home PCR saliva test from Costco.com or from a participating Costco Pharmacy location

Travellers have two ways to get a saliva PCR test for Bermuda travel through Costco; purchase a test kit voucher from Costco.com and have the kit shipped to your home, or purchase the test kit from any of the 120+ participating Costco pharmacy locations following an online health assessment and lab order. Costco membership is not required.

The Bermuda Department of Health requires that test kits purchased through Costco be taken under video observation. Here's how it works:

For kits purchased online at Coscto.com (not in store) and shipped to your home:

  • Go to Costco.com and purchase a test kit voucher. You will receive an email from [email protected] with your vouchers and a link to get your lab order.
  • Once you have received your voucher, go to  AZOVA.com/costcotest and redeem your voucher. Complete a short pre-screening health assessment and get an online lab order. Your kit will not be shipped until you get a lab order.
  • Schedule your video observation call ahead of time at covidvideo.azova.com.
  • Follow the directions to take your test. You will receive your results through your account on AZOVA.
  • Upload your test results at the Bermuda Travel Authorisation portal for all island-bound travellers.
  • Please note that Costco.com does not accept credit cards with a Bermuda billing address. To use your Bermuda credit card, you can purchase your test kit directly from AZOVA. AZOVA will ship your test kit only to a U.S. address.

For kits purchased from Costco Pharmacy locations:

Travellers can purchase a test kit from any of the following 120 select Costco pharmacy locations across the United States.

  • Before you go to the pharmacy, go to azova.com/costcotravel and complete a health assessment and choose the pharmacy location where you would like to purchase your kit and get an online lab order.
  • You will receive a lab order QR code confirmation email. Show this email to the pharmacist to purchase your kit at any of the participating Costco pharmacy locations.
  • Schedule your video observation call ahead of time at covidvideo.azova.com.
  • Follow the directions to take your test and return your test kit to the lab.
  • Upload your test results at the requisite Travel Authorisation portal for all island-bound travellers.
  • If you need to use a credit card that has a Bermuda address as the billing address, please purchase your test kit directly from AZOVA. Test kits can be shipped only to a U.S. address.
  • Please note, you can pay for your COVID test kit at the Costco Pharmacy with cash, a cashier’s check, or with a Visa™ card that has a U.S. billing address.

2. Get an at home PCR saliva test from Azova

If you want to use a credit card with a Bermuda billing address and would like to have your test kit shipped to a U.S. mailing address, you can purchase your test kit directly from AZOVA on the custom Bermuda testing site from AZOVA.

  • Follow the prompts and complete an online health assessment.
  • Be sure to also get a lab order because without it your test kit will not ship.
  • Schedule your video observation call ahead of time at covidvideo.azova.com.
  • Follow the directions to take your test and return your test kit to the lab.
  • Upload your test results at the requisite Travel Authorisation portal for all island-bound travellers.

3. In-person Testing with OpenClear for NYC-Based Travellers

For New York City-based visitors, COVID-19 screening service is available through OpenClear's Midtown Manhattan testing site every Tuesday (9 am to 3 pm, by appointment only – see website for most up-to-date testing schedule). The service aims to help visitors to Bermuda from the New York City area, as well as returning residents of Bermuda, obtain a COVID-19 PCR test result.

  • The COVID-19 PCR screening includes either saliva or nasal swab procedures and requires proof of travel to Bermuda within five days (flight number, flight date)
  • Travellers must then apply for a Bermuda Travel Authorisation one to three days before departure and show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival.
  • OpenClear offers three result turnaround times (12–24 hours, 24–48 hours, 48–72 hours), with prices starting at $199, and is an out-of-network testing service provider that does not accept any insurance for this COVID-19 screening service

Visit OpenClear's Bermuda COVID-19 travel screening portal for more information about COVID-19 testing services, rates and appointment scheduling.

During your stay on island, you must also adhere to mask-wearing and social-distancing requirements, to enjoy our island safely. 

On-Island Private Testing Options

You'll also need to get tested at least once while you're here; more, if you're planning on a longer stay. Tests are slated on:

  • Arrival at airport
  • Day 4
  • Day 8
  • Day 14

See all testing requirements and activity guidelines in detail.

You may also need to get tested before you return to your home jurisdiction.

You can get a private test on-island through the below providers:

Be sure to stay updated on restrictions on indoor dining and other activities. See the latest Bermuda travel alert and learn about safe and responsible travel to Bermuda.