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.


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:


  • 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.

For more information please view the Guidance Document and visit Department of Marine and Port Services.


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.




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