Updated 7th March 2022
- Where can I get a test in my home country with guaranteed test results in less than 4 days?
If you choose to get a COVID-19 NAAT (PCR, LAMP or TMA) test, 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 COVID-19 NAAT test results where the test is taken no more than four days before you travel. A quicker option is a supervised COVID-19 antigen test which can be taken no more than two days before you travel.
Bermuda accepts tests results from accredited facilities only.
What if my results are delayed?
This may delay your travel plans. The Quarantine Authority (Minister of Health) of Bermuda requires visitors to have a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 NAAT test from a sample taken no more than 4 days before travel or from a sample taken no more than two (2) days before travel if it is a supervised antigen test
- I’m a Bermuda resident, can I get tested on the island before I go away and use that as my test to return to Bermuda?
Once you leave Bermuda and enter a jurisdiction with community transmission of COVID-19, you are at risk of being exposed. As a result, the pre-arrival test needs to be taken in the place with community transmission or the overseas jurisdiction. However, residents returning to the island within 72 hours are permitted to use their pre-travel test as their return test.
- Should I travel if I test positive with COVID-19?
No, you should not travel if you test positive for COVID-19. The risk you will place on the passengers and staff and upon arrival is too high. We recommend that you do not schedule travel until you receive two negative COVID-19 PCR tests that are 72 hours apart.
- At what age is a visitor required to take a pre-arrival test?
Children 2 years and older must be tested. Either a supervised antigen test or COVID-19 NAAT test is permitted. For visitors who choose to have a NAAT (PCR) test, children ages 2 to 17 may have the oropharyngeal (oral swab) instead of the nasopharyngeal (nasal swab), if preferred. Click here for the COVID-19 NAAT tests accepted in Bermuda
Testing Upon Arrival/On Island
- 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 $40 for all travellers. These fees cover all COVID-19 tests and administration fees required to test travellers.
- When are travellers required to test?
- Vaccinated visitors are not required to test following their arrival in Bermuda. However, if a visitor’s country of origin requires a test in order to return, it will automatically be scheduled and provided before they leave Bermuda. This is included in the Travel Authorisation fee.
- Vaccinated residents with a negative pre-arrival test do not need to test upon arrival in Bermuda. However, if they do not have a negative pre-arrival test they will have a supervised antigen test upon arrival in Bermuda. Residents are encouraged to get a pre-arrival test as some airlines require negative test for travel.
- Recently Recovered Residents:
- Recently recovered residents (persons who recovered from COVID-19 no more than 6 months ago) with a pre-arrival tests are required to test on day 4 following their arrival in Bermuda. However, if they do not have a negative pre-arrival test they will have a supervised antigen test on arrival (day 0) and on day 4 (which will be scheduled automatically).
- Unvaccinated Residents:
- Unvaccinated residents must have a PCR test on arrival (day 0), quarantine for 4 days, have a PCR test on day 4 and have a supervised antigen test on day 10 (tests will be scheduled automatically).
- Note: unvaccinated residents under the age of 18 may request to have an oropharyngeal test (oral swab) instead of a nasopharyngeal (nasal swab) PCR test.
- Children 11 years and under
- Children 11 years and under follow the testing regime of their parent(s) or guardian(s).
- If the children are residents of Bermuda note that testing may be required in order for them to return to school, daycare or camp.
* Please note that the location and time of any tests required while you’re in Bermuda 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.
- How can I get to my accommodation from the airport?
If a test is required upon arrival in Bermuda travellers 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 or visitors) leaving the airport (unless they don’t require an arrival test), 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.
- How do I count the days for quarantine?
Your arrival day is considered day 0.
- Persons who 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 the first 14 day period of quarantine, it is assumed that you remain positive and therefore need another period of quarantine.
- 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 testing, quarantine or isolation procedures.
- How long will it take to receive results?
Supervised antigen test results are generally received the same day. The PCR test result turnaround time is generally less than 24 hours but may take up to 48 hours.
- 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 Bermuda Travel Authorisation.
- What happens if a visitor tests positive while on-island?
The vaccinated visitor will be required to isolate at their accommodation for 7 days or could be subject to the repatriation rules of the returning country. 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:
- Will the hotel give you a room to isolate? If you are staying with a resident, are they part of a high risk group? 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?