Entering Bermuda by Private Vessel - Rules & Regulations
Sailing into Bermuda is an ideal way to experience the island's crystal-clear waters and dramatic scenery from afar and up close. Here's what you need to know to make your entry as smooth and swift as possible.
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Bermuda has long been a destination for seafarers across the Atlantic Ocean. If you're considering arriving by private vessel, be sure to bookmark this important information for entry.
RULES FOR ENTRY
A valid, machine-readable passport is the required document for entry into Bermuda. All travellers must follow Bermuda's entry protocols and within 1 day of scheduled departure complete the Bermuda Mariner's Travel Authorisation Process online. Follow these other standard guidelines for clearance:
ARRIVING BY PRIVATE YACHT
- All private yachts entering Bermuda's waters are required to obtain Immigration, Customs and Health Clearance from HM Customs. The clearance facility is located at the eastern end of Ordnance Island.
- The Customs boarding officer, who normally carries out clearance for all three departments, brings all documents required for clearance on board. The officer will also collect a passenger tax of $35 USD from each person on board.
- Upon approach, visiting yachts must contact Bermuda Radio, which will guide you into St. George's Harbour and direct you to Customs clearance berthing.
- Yachts arriving from overseas ports are usually cleared with a minimum of formality.
- To learn more about Bermuda Customs & Immigration visit Bermuda Airport's website.
EXTENDED STAYS FOR VISITING YACHTS & THEIR CREW
Effective June 1, 2011, visiting yachtsmen and their crew will be granted a maximum three-month stay on arrival in Bermuda. In keeping with best practice and standard immigration policy, visiting yachtsmen and their crew will be required to provide:
- Proof of citizenship
- Financial means to repatriate themselves by air (if required)
- Proof of health insurance
- A declaration not to seek or take up employment in Bermuda
The fee for this extended stay is set at a nominal $250 for each member of the crew and each passenger. Extensions for up to a further three months will also be permitted on application to the Department of Immigration. The fee is $100.