Travel Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 13th September 2021

Pre-Arrival Testing

  1. Where can I get a test in my home country with guaranteed test results in less than 72 hours? 
    The timing of test results will vary by city, state, province, county or even country. Check with the testing facility nearest to you – it could be a COSTCO, a public health clinic or a private lab. Bermuda will accept test results where the test is taken no more than four days before you travel. For the COSTCO option click on the following link https://www.azova.com/test/bermuda/covid_19_testing.html.  In the UK citydoc.org.uk, www.medexpress.co.uk/testing/covid19/coronavirus-covid19-home-testing-kit-pcr or https://www.find-travel-test-provider.service.gov.uk/test-type/green#list-of-test-providers for example, provides fit to fly testing.
  2. What if my results are delayed?
    This may delay your travel plans. The Quarantine Authority (Minister of Health) of Bermuda, as per paragraph 6 of the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No.3) Order 2020 requires visitors to have a negative pre-arrival test result to travel to Bermuda, taken no more than four (4) days before arrival.
  3. I’m a Bermudian resident, can I get tested on the island before I go away and use that as my test to return to Bermuda?
    No, COVID-19 PCR tests done in Bermuda do not count as pre-arrival tests. Once you leave Bermuda and enter a jurisdiction with community transmission of COVID-19, you are at risk of being exposed. The pre-arrival test needs to be taken in the place with community transmission or the overseas jurisdiction.
  4. Should I travel if I test positive with COVID-19?
    No, you must not travel if you test positive for COVID-19 whether a resident or visitor. The risk you will place on the passengers and staff in the airport, on the plane and upon arrival is too high. We ask that you wait to visit or return to Bermuda until you receive two negative COVID-19 PCR tests that are 72 hours apart.
  5. At what age is a visitor required to take a test?
    Children 2 years and older must be tested. For children ages 2 to 17, an oral pharyngeal is permitted.

 

Testing Upon Arrival

  1. Does Bermuda Government pay for the COVID-19 test upon arrival?
    If not, how much will Bermuda Government charge each traveller (resident and visitor) per test? The Travel Authorisation fee is $75 for all travellers. These fees cover all COVID-19 tests required within a 14 day period. An immunised traveller (visitor or resident) coming to Bermuda will be required to be tested when they arrive, on day four (4), and day 10 of their stay. The number of tests required depends on the length of stay. 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. NOTE: Immunised residents without a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, will quarantine for 4 days, test on day 4, and 10. Children 2-years-old and older are required to be tested.
  2. Can visitors await their test results by quarantining at the hotel or isolating in their room
    If you (whether a visitor or resident) have received a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will be able to quarantine at your home or accommodation. The turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for most results but can take up to 48 hours depending on the lab capacity during that time.
  3. What kind of test is it?
    A COVID-19 PCR Nasopharyngeal swabbing for 18 and over. 17 and younger can have an Oral pharyngeal Test. Saliva testing is not used for any traveler testing (Arrival, Day 4 , day 10 and Day 14 including testing out from mandatory quarantine).
  4. How can I get to my accommodation from the airport?
    All travellers (residents and visitors) are considered quarantined between the airport and their accommodation and therefore should:
  • 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 (residents and visitors) in case contact tracing is required.
  • 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 do not need to wear a mask.

Testing on Island

  1. What kind of test is it?
    A PCR COVID-19 nasal swab. A COVID-19 PCR Nasopharyngeal swabbing for 18 and over. 17 and younger can have an Oral pharyngeal Test.
  2. Why is saliva testing not used for travel testing?

Saliva testing is not used for any traveler testing (Arrival, Day 4, Day 10 and Day 14 including testing out from mandatory quarantine). Saliva samples are a less sensitive way of testing for SARS COV-2. As the risk to the country is greatest at the borders, we need to use our best tools at the border. Saliva testing is not used for symptomatic testing, close contacts or as part of outbreak management for the same reason.

  1. How do I count the days for quarantine?

Those required to quarantine for 4 or 14 days, your arrival day is considered as Day 0.

  1. As a resident, how often do I have to have a PCR COVID-19 test?
  • If you are immunised and have a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test result, you will test upon arrival, day 4, and day 10.  If you are an immunised resident and do not have a pre-arrival COVID-19 test result, you quarantine in your accommodation for 4 days and test on arrival, day 4, and day 10.
  • If you are unimmunised, and applied for and were approved for exemption you will quarantine at home until receipt of a negative Day 14 test result.
  • If you are unimmunised WITH a pre-arrival test: Quarantine for 14 days: at a designated hotel facility until receipt of a negative day 4 test and then at home until receipt of a negative day 14 test. Please note, if you quarantine at home following a negative day 4 test  and do not live alone, all other members of that household will be required to quarantine as well and must test out of quarantine on day 14.
  • If you are unimmunised WITHOUT a pre-arrival test: Quarantine for 14 days: at a designated hotel facility until receipt of a negative day 8 test and then at home until receipt of a negative day 14 test. Please note, if you quarantine at home following a negative day 4 test and do not live alone, all other members of that household will be required to quarantine as well and must test out of quarantine 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-19 hotline to reschedule on (441) 444–2498. 
  1. Refuse testing. If you choose not to participate in any of these tests, then you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. You may test on day 14 and if the test result is negative, you may move around Bermuda following the public health guidance. If on day 14 you refuse a test again, you will be required to quarantine for an additional 14 days – a total of 28 days. Without a test at the end of first 14 day period of quarantine, it is assumed that you remain positive and therefore need another period of quarantine.
  2. What if someone on the plane I arrived on is diagnosed with COVID-19?
    Everyone on a plane must wear their masks, wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitizer, and maintain physical distancing as much as possible. However, if a passenger becomes ill, the individual will be contacted by a Ministry of Health contact tracer who will review the person’s close contacts, the flight they arrived on and when the symptoms occurred. Depending on the information provided by the passenger, it may be necessary to contact the other passengers with quarantine or isolation procedures.
  3. Does Bermuda Government pay for the additional COVID-19 tests required post-arrival? If not, how much will Bermuda Government charge each visitor per test?
    The one-time fee charged for the Travel Authorisation covers all PCR COVID-19 testing carried out on the island.
  4. Do I have to arrange for my follow-up testing?
    No, 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-19 hotline to reschedule on (441) 444 – 2498.
  5. If I am leaving on day 4, or 10 do I have to take a test in Bermuda?
    If you leave on day four or day 10 of your visit you will not have to test on that day.
  6. Where does the testing take place?
    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.
  7. How long will it take to receive results?
    The PCR COVID-19 test result turnaround time is generally less than 24 hours but may take up to 48 hours
  8. How will I be informed of my test results?
    The results will be emailed to you on the same email you provided when applying for the Travel Authorisation.
  9. Is there a waiting period where visitors need to self-isolate for results?
    If so, where should this waiting period take place? Immunised travellers (residents and visitors) with a pre-arrival test will only quarantine while awaiting results of arrival test; they will test again on day 4 and day 10. *Immunised residents without pre-arrival tests will quarantine until receipt of a negative day 4 test result.
  10. What happens if a visitor tests positive while on-island?
    The visitor will be required to isolate at their accommodation for at least 14 days. This is why, before you travel, the Ministry of Health recommends you prepare your travel plans. To do this think through, and have answers for, the following questions: Check with your hotel or your local accommodation for quarantining options.
  • Will the hotel give you a room to isolate? If you are staying with a resident, are they a high risk population? Is there enough space to isolate? If not, what are your options?
  • Do you have health insurance that will cover hospital stays and private visits with physicians while on the island?
  • If you are traveling with family, what will they do? Will they return home? Will they be able to quarantine?

Visitors should check the repatriation requirements of their home country prior to departure, and contact covid19casemanagement@gov.bm if seeking to return home.

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