Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Travellers

We welcome visitors and returning residents to Bermuda.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bermuda Government has put in place traveller protocols, which include the requirement for both visitors and residents to apply for a Travel Authorisation.

The Quarantine Authority (Minister of Health) of Bermuda, as per paragraph 6 of the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No.3) Order requires visitors to have a negative pre-departure test result to travel to Bermuda, taken no more than 7 days before departure. As of 11 July 2020 visitors without a negative pre-departure test result cannot obtain Travel Authorisation. This applies to all visitors who have been in a country classified by the WHO as having community transmission of COVID-19 (this includes the US, UK and Canada).

Residents who do not wish to test when on the island, will quarantine in their room for 14 days and will be required to wear a quarantine bracelet to assist with monitoring. If at 14 days they wish to be tested and it is negative, they will no longer be quarantined. If on day 14 they do not wish to be tested, they will quarantine in their room for another 14 days, wearing the quarantine electronic bracelet.

Apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorisation

I live in Bermuda as a citizen, PRC or work permit holder: 

Resident Travel Authorisation

 

I am visiting on holiday or business:


Visitor Travel Authorisation 

Frequently asked Questions

While the above protocols hopefully capture most of the information required, we always know there are specific circumstances that may arise.

We hope we have answered your questions in our Traveller Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided answers to the Travel Authorisation Application process in our: Travel Authorisation Technical Support FAQ's.

Government Protocols for Travellers

Travellers are to comply with the following Bermuda Government protocols:

Pre-departure — A traveller (residents and visitors) must:

  • Complete the Bermuda Travel Authorisation process online, which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee is required, which includes the cost of the PCR COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. For Technical Support, visit our Travel Authorisation Application Technical Support FAQ's or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on +1(441)444-2498 or email coronavirus@gov.bm.
  • NOTE: Children 9 and younger do not have to be tested at any point, so will be charged a reduced fee of $30 for their Travel Authorisation. Children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested. If consent is denied, the young traveller must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  • Visitors must take a certified PCR COVID-19 test, ideally within 72 hours of departure, but no more than seven days, and obtain a negative result. 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.
  • Residents are not required to get a PCR COVID-19 test before travelling to Bermuda, but must quarantine for four (4) days on arrival. Residents include work permit holders.
  • NOTE FOR RESIDENTS: A PCR COVID-19 test done in Bermuda before your travel overseas does NOT count as a pre-departure test. You must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from your overseas destination to qualify for examption from the four-day quarantine upon arrival in Bermuda. 
  • Wear face masks when travelling to the departure airport.
  • Wear face masks and practise physical distancing at the departure airport.

Additionally, a pre-departure traveller (resident and visitor) should:

  • A visitor should acquire health insurance covering illness and injury outside of his/her 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 if treatment and/or quarantine is required; including costs related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while in Bermuda
  • Pack a thermometer

In Flight — During the flight, travellers (residents and visitors) must:

  • Wear a face mask while on the plane
  • Practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible

Upon Arrival — Upon arrival, travellers (residents and visitors) 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.   
  • Visitors must present a copy of the pre-departure PCR COVID-19 negative test result to health officers on request.
  • All travellers (residents and visitors) will undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport. Those with a pre-departure PCRCOVID-19 test will quarantine at home or at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time is generally less than 24 hours, though results may take longer depending on arrival time).This applies to adults and children ages 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old or younger are exempt from the PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Residents who do not have a pre-departure negative PCR COVID-19 test result must quarantine for four (4) days after arrival in your home or the room of your accommodation and must wear a quarantine electronic bracelet. You will be tested on day four (4) and will be released from quarantine with a negative test result. If you did take a PCR COVID-19 test before departure, and receive the results during your first four days in Bermuda (and they are negative), you will be released from quarantine. You will still have to test on day four (4), day eight (8) and day 14. The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not book separate appointments. You will receive email reminders 24 hours before each test.
  • Wear a face mask and practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible

Transportation from the Airport: 

All travellers (residents and visitors) are considered quarantined between the airport and their accommodation and therefore should: 

  1. Use taxis - all persons must wear a mask*, hand sanitize before entering the vehicle and  sit in the back seat. Taxi drivers must also record contact details for the travellers in case contact tracing is required.
  2. Organize for a local contact/household member to pick-up the traveller at the airport. This may be predominately residents and masks must be worn, hands sanitized and keep as much of a distance as possible.

Public transport must not be used by travellers (residents and visitors) leaving the airport as they will not be able to provide contact tracing upon their departure.

*Children under the age of 2 must not wear a mask.

On-island Experience – When enjoying Bermuda, travellers (visitors and residents) must:

  • Practise physical distancing, good hygiene and mask wearing in all public spaces where there is close contact with others, including on all public transport (taxis, ferries and buses).
  • Monitor your health and take your temperature twice per day. Record this information on the overleaf of your quarantine instructions. If your temperature is over 100.4F or 38 C please contact the public health team on covid19surv@gov.bm  
  • Travellers (visitors and residents) must test on day four (4), day eight (8) and on day 14. The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not book separate appointments. You will receive email reminders 24 hours before each test. Should the time or location of a test not suit you, please call the COVID hotline to reschedule on (441) 444 – 2498. Results of the PCR COVID-19 test will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

COVID-19 Positive Test Result

If a traveller (resident or visitor) 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 isolated at their accommodation for up to 14 days.

Travel Guidance for Residents

Ministry of Health's Travel Advice for Residents

Safe Return to Work after Travel Guidance

Guidance for Superyachts and other Vessels

Inbound Mariners Guidance

Guidance Superyachts and Other Vessels

 

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