Information for Travellers
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:55 am AST
Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors back to the island.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks the island "Alert Level 1: COVID-19 Risk Low".
Our island home has always been a precious resource set apart by its geographic location and way of life. Over the past few months, we’ve been dedicated to protecting our community and pristine destination for our residents and guests to enjoy for years to come. When you are ready, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you out here.
Visitors are to comply with the following Bermuda Government protocols:
Pre-departure — A traveller must:
- One to three days before departure, complete the Bermuda travel authorisation process online which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee per traveller is required, which includes the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Only MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Each passenger must have a form completed regardless of age. NOTE: Children 9 and younger do not have to be tested at any point, and their Travel Authorisation fee is $30. Travel authorisation FAQ
- Effective December 4, visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result no more than five days before departure. The day of testing is day 0. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. Children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested. If consent is denied, the young traveller must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. As of July 11, 2020, such visitors without a pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation and enter Bermuda.
- Through a Bermuda–OpenClear partnership, COVID-19 screening service is available this month on Tuesday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 15 (9 am–3 pm, by appointment only) in midtown, New York City. The service aims to help visitors to Bermuda from the New York City area, as well as returning residents of Bermuda, obtain a PCR COVID-19 test result. Go to www.openclear.nyc/bermuda-tourism to learn more about OpenClear’s COVID-19 screening service, rates and appointment scheduling
- Wear face masks when travelling to the departure airport
- Wear face masks and practise physical distancing at the departure airport
Additionally, a traveller should:
- Acquire health insurance covering illness and injury outside of your home jurisdiction, including those related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while in Bermuda. If this is not obtained, a visitor will be responsible for all health and accommodation costs should they require treatment and/or quarantine, including costs related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Bermuda
- Pack a thermometer
In Flight — During flight, travellers must:
- Wear a face mask while on the plane
- Practise physical distancing to the extent possible
Upon Arrival — Upon arrival, travellers must:
- Show a copy of your Travel Authorisation. If you do not have a printer, have ready a charged phone or tablet to show your Travel Authorisation.
- Present a copy of the pre-departure COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than 5 days before departure. The day you test, is day 0.
- Undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport. Those with a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test will quarantine at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for most results, though results may take longer depending on arrival time).This applies to adults and children ages 10 and up. Children less than 10 years-old are exempt from the PCR COVID-19 test.
- Wear a face mask and practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible
On-island Experience — When enjoying Bermuda, travellers must:
- Practise physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing in all public spaces where there is close contact with others, including on all public transport (taxis, ferries and buses). Simultaneously, we’re working to increase contactless payment methods
- Take your own temperature twice per day and report via online application/portal
- Take a COVID-19 test, administered on Day 4, Day 8 and Day 14 at testing centres (Perot Post Office, City of Hamilton Mon–Sat; Southside, St. David’s Sun). The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not arrange separate appointments. You will receive email reminders 24 hours before each test. To reschedule the time, please call the government’s COVID-19 hotline: 441/444-2498 (open 9 am–9pm). Note: For subsequent on-island tests, Day 0 is the day you arrive in Bermuda.
- Comply with restrictions on gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, with physical distancing in place. Special allowances for larger groups may be allowed by applying to the Ministry of National Security
New York State Residents: Bermuda’s effective safety protocols and virus management have resulted in a "Level 1: COVID-19 Risk Low" status by the CDC. Bermuda does not have a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average nor a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Bermuda’s current real-time reproduction rate is less than one and positivity rate is .1% Therefore, a quarantine upon return from Bermuda is not required.
UK Residents: Effective July 4, travellers from England will be exempt from quarantine on arrival back to England from the island.
Bermuda Hotels Open
Bermuda boasts a variety of pristine, spacious resorts and clean, comfortable cottages that will be open to host guests beginning in July. Beautiful views, plenty of room, safe and healthy service await:
|Hotel Name||Target Opening Date|
|Aunt Nea's Inn||Open|
|Blue Horizons Guest House||Open|
|Coco Reef Resort||Open|
|Coral Beach Club||Open|
|Edgehill Manor Guest House||Open|
|Little Pomander Guest House||Open|
|Newstead Belmont Hills Resort||Open|
|Rosemont Guest Suites||Open|
|Royal Palms Hotel||Open|
|The Sandpiper Guest Apartments||Open|
|The Loren Hotel||Open|
|The Reefs Resort & Club||Open|
|Hamilton Princess & Beach Club||Open|
|Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa||Open|
|Grotto Bay Beach Resort||Open|
Targeted Opening Date:
|Hotel Name||Target Opening Date|
|Pompano Beach Resort||02/25/2021|
|Bermudiana Beach Resort||04/01/2021|
|St. Regis Bermuda||04/01/2021|
COVID-19 Positive Test Result
If a traveller becomes COVID-19 positive, is a close contact of a positive person, is symptomatic, or if a traveller is clinically diagnosed at any point, they will be subject to public health (COVID-19) regulations and will be quarantined or isolated, as appropriate, at their accommodation for up to 14 days. Each property will provide guidance on its parameters for handling positive cases, including, in many instances, offering a quarantine room at the same property at no additional cost for rate-paying guests.
Anyone who becomes COVID-19 positive, or whom health authorities believe could be positive, will be fitted with an Aqua electronic bracelet to assist with isolation/quarantine.
Links to Useful Resources
- Flight Schedules
- New York City: OpenClear Expedited COVID Testing
- Bermuda Visitor FAQ
- Airport and Air Service Information
- Bermuda Government COVID-19 Facts
Plan Your Trip
For trip planning ideas and safe, responsible ways to experience the island, see our guide for Bermuda-bound travellers.