Get Tested for COVID-19

Updated November 1 2021

*Please note that as of Monday November 1st 2021 the hours at the Perot Post Office traveller test site have changed to 10am - 4pm (7 days a week). See below for further details.*

The Ministry of Health has restructured COVID-19 Testing to meet the vast demand.  We have increased appointment capacity, locations and accessibility throughout the island. Everyone is encouraged to book an appointment online (see below) or call our COVID 19 HOTLINE Center 444-2498 to book an appointment should you require assistance.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your doctor. Your doctor will schedule you or direct you to the COVID-19 helpline at 444-2498 for symptomatic testing appointment slots.

For a resident in need of a COVID-19 test specifically to meet the outbound testing requirement in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or other country please schedule a COVID-19 test at the location and time best suited for your needs. You will be able to receive test results that meet all requirements for travel.
 
Those people who require time-sensitive outbound travel tests should use the services of one of the private labs, Helix Genetic and Scientific Solutions, helixbermuda.bm, or C & S West Limited, cswest.bm. Both of these labs are certified to carry out COVID-19 testing and diagnostics. The MDL is processing thousands of tests each day, and for those who must travel, a private lab may be a quicker option at this time.
  
Visitors do NOT need to schedule an outbound test. This will be booked automatically based on the departure date you entered on your Travel Authorisation.  

The community testing schedule is:

Please click on the links below for directions to each test location:

Old AS Cooper shop & Penno's Wharf

These testing sites are for those who wish to know their COVID-19 Status, as well as persons concerned that they might have COVID-19, and outbound travelers (who are residents). Tests conducted at this site are Saliva PCR and Nasal Mid-Turbinate PCR. Both of these tests are self-administered, while being monitored by a health professional on site. If you think you have been exposed to someone that has COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please book an appointment at the Bulls Head Location.
 
Very Important – You CANNOT eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to test.
  • Only book one person and one spot at a time.
  • Please bring the confirmation number provided, via the email confirmation, with you for your screening.
  • Please bring a photo ID to your appointment. If your child is to be tested, please make every effort to bring an ID for them also (passport, birth certificate) or an official Government OCMO/ESU letter confirming a test appointment.

Bulls Head 

This testing site is used for outbreaks, close contacts, symptomatic clients and minimal community/outbound testing (for travelers who are residents).  It will only provide Nasopharyngeal (NP), Oropharyngeal (OP) and saliva testing.

Perot Post Office – Operating seven (7) days a week, 10:00am – 4:00pm 

This testing site is used for travellers (visitors and residents flying into Bermuda) and outbound travellers (visitors ONLY). This location will be utilized for their day 4, 10, 14  and OUTBOUND test, and will only provide Nasopharyngeal (NP) for adults. Minors will be offered Oropharyngeal (OP) testing if they prefer. Adults can only have Oropharyngeal (OP) testing if they have a doctors note indicating they are not medically fit for nasal test.

 

Note: Testing times are emailed to travellers.

 

NOTE: As of 29th July 2020, if you are a traveller (resident or visitor), your appointed dates, times and locations have been booked for you. You will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the test day. DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

How to schedule your COVID -19 Test

  1. Use the following link (https://bdagovcovid.resqwest.com/web/) to schedule a time and location you wish to attend for the COVID-19 testing. Or call the hotline if you require assistance 444-2498.
  2. Please bring the confirmation number provided to you in your email reminder when you arrive for your appointment. You can bring a printed copy or you can show it to the testing team on your phone.
  3. Please bring a photo ID to your appointment. If your child is to be tested, please make every effort to bring an ID for them also (passport, birth certificate).  
  4. If you have a letter from the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit for an appointment, please bring the letter to your appointment.
Warning: Please do not book more than one test every 4 days. If we find multiple test bookings for an individual in less than 4 days, your duplicate bookings will be cancelled.
 
Polymerase chain reaction or PCR Testing detects the presence of the COVID-19, thus identifying persons that have an active infection with the virus; this test is administered through a nasal swab. PCR test results enable the Ministry of Health to detect who has an active infection, isolate them and identify those that they have been in contact with.

Outbound Travel Guidance

Residents requiring outbound test to travel

To travel, Canada, the UK and the USA require a test taken 72 hours before departure:
  1. The Ministry of Health recommends that residents get tested at a designated site 48 hrs before their planned departure date. This leaves time for the lab to process the lab result and ensures that the test will still be valid should travel take more than 24 hrs.
  2. Those people who require time-sensitive outbound travel tests should use the services of one of the private labs, Helix Genetic and Scientific Solutions, helixbermuda.bm, or C & S West Limited, cswest.bm. Both of these labs are certified to carry out COVID-19 testing and diagnostics. The MDL is processing thousands of tests each day, and for those who must travel, a private lab may be a quicker option at this time.
  3. If a resident has travelled in the last 14 days and needs to travel again, they are still in the traveller 14 day guidance window and can book an appointment at Perot Post Office to get their outbound test.

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For a list of the approved COVID-19 Antigen tests for use in Bermuda, please click the following link to the Bermuda Health Council website: https://bhec.bm/approved-antigen-test/
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