Cruise Passenger Travel Authorisation

All travellers arriving October 25 2022 onwards will no longer require a pre-travel test, arrival test nor a day 4 test. Unvaccinated non-resident travellers will still be required to upload valid proof of travel health insurance to enter Bermuda.
 

Effective 22 August 2022:

 

Bermuda Entry Requirements for: Cruise Ship Passengers

All passengers over the age of 2 years MUST have an approved Bermuda Travel Authorisation (TA) before arriving at the embarkation terminal.

To receive an approved Travel Authorisation, you will need:

  1. A Mastercard or Visa credit card to pay the $40 Travel Authorisation application fee
  2. If fully vaccinated, have your vaccination certificate/card ready to upload to your application. Click here for Bermuda’s definition of fully vaccinated
  3. If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, have proof of travel health insurance ready to upload to your application. Click here for the requirements for valid proof of travel health insurance

Note: Unvaccinated children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians can upload their guardian’s vaccination certificate instead of proof of travel health insurance.

  1. Take a COVID-19 test at a testing facility no more than two days before embarkation (fully vaccinated travelers can take a PCR test up to 4 days before embarkation). Children under 2 years old do not need to test. Click here for the requirements for a valid pre-travel test. Bring your negative test result certificate to show at embarkation, as well as your approved Travel Authorisation.

NOTE: Travel Authorisations are prioritized and reviewed by embarkation date.

How to Apply for a Travel Authorisation

Step 1: Up to a month before your cruise is due to arrive in Bermuda, you may begin your travel authorisation application form by clicking the “Apply for Travel Authorisation” button at the bottom of this page. If you are an adult travelling with children under 18 years old, complete your Travel Authorisation first, then complete a Travel Authorisation for each of the children travelling with you, citing yourself as their guardian.

You do not need to complete a Travel Authorisation for children under 2 years old.

Step 2: Complete the application form and upload proof of vaccination (if vaccinated) or proof of travel health insurance (if unvaccinated). Unvaccinated children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians can upload their guardian’s vaccination certificate instead of proof of travel health insurance.

Step 3: Pay $40 to complete your application. While you can submit your completed application up to 1 day before your scheduled departure, please submit at least 2 weeks before embarkation. Do not leave this until the last minute and do not leave it until you arrive at the port. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Quarantine Authority.

If approved, the Quarantine Authority will email your approved Travel Authorisation. If you do not receive your Travel Authorisation email, check your junk/spam folder to make sure the Travel Authorisation is not there.

Visitors who do not submit a valid vaccine certificate or valid proof of health insurance will be notified by email and will be given the opportunity to submit a valid document. If a traveller cannot submit a valid proof of travel health insurance or a vaccination certificate, they will be denied a Travel Authorisation and will not be able to get off the ship in Bermuda.

Step 4: All passengers who receive a green travel authorisation waiver and have a valid pre-departure test are allowed to come off the ship in Bermuda. This includes unvaccinated children 11 and under travelling with vaccinated guardians.

Unvaccinated passengers will have a yellow travel authorisation waiver which means they cannot come off the ship in Bermuda unless they provide the cruise ship with proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test certificate dated no more than 2 days before arrival in Bermuda.  It may be that the embarkation test meets this criteria. If it does not, arrange to take a test on board the ship. 

Bermuda’s Testing Requirements on the ship

Children under 2 years old are exempt from the following tests:

  1. All passengers 2 years and older must go to a testing facility to have a COVID-19 test taken no more than two days before embarkation. Click here for the requirements for a valid pre-travel test. Your test result must negative to board the ship. Bring your negative test result certificate to show at embarkation, as well as your approved Travel Authorisation.
  2. If your cruise will take more than 4 days to arrive to Bermuda, passengers wishing to get off the ship in Bermuda must take another supervised COVID-19 test on board, no more than 2 days before arrival to Bermuda. This test may be used by unvaccinated passengers to get off the ship in Bermuda.
  3. All unvaccinated passengers assigned a yellow travel authorisation waiver who wish to get off the ship in Bermuda must complete a supervised COVID-19 test on board no more than 2 days before arrival.

Summary table of travel requirements for cruise ship passengers landing in Bermuda:

 Passenger Category
 

Cruise voyage where ship takes 4 days or less to arrive to Bermuda from embarkation port

Cruise voyage where ship takes longer than 4 days to arrive to Bermuda from embarkation port

Fully Vaccinated Cruise Ship Passengers

and

Unvaccinated Children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated parent/guardian

1. Approved Travel Authorisation

2. Negative Pre-departure test:

COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP or TMA) up to 4 days before embarkation

 OR

Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation

3. Vaccination certificate/card  

1. Approved Travel Authorisation

2. Negative Pre-departure test:

COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP or TMA) up to 4 days before embarkation

 OR

Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation

3. Vaccination certificate/card  

4. Supervised COVID-19 test on board, up to 2 days before arrival to Bermuda

Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated Cruise Ship Passengers

1. Approved Travel Authorisation

2. Negative Pre-departure test:

COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP or TMA) up to 2 days before embarkation

 OR

Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation

3. Proof of travel health insurance

4. To be allowed to come off the ship in Bermuda, show your cruise ship proof of a COVID-19 test dated no more than 2 days before arrival.

1. Approved Travel Authorisation

2. Negative Pre-departure test:

COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP or TMA) up to 2 days before embarkation

 OR

Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation

3. Proof of travel health insurance

4.  Mandatory supervised COVID-19 test on board, up to 2 days before arrival to Bermuda (this test will allow you to come off the ship in Bermuda)

Passenger Children under 2

No travel Authorisation and no testing required

No travel Authorisation and no testing required

For any queries, contact Bermuda's COVID hotline on the Toll-Free Number (1-833-570-2594) or via email at TAapprovals@gov.bm

 
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