Last updated: 6 Jul 2020

Bermuda

About

Bermuda consists of around 180 islands and islets, lying just off the coast of Cape Hatterras, North Carolina, in the Atlantic Ocean. Its many coastlines are characterised by small bays with beaches of fine pale pink coral sand and surrounding vivid blue-green waters. Inland is an abundance of subtropical plants and flowers, interspersed with quaint pastel cottages.

Bermuda was first discovered by Juan de Bermudez, a Spanish sailor, in 1505. It was claimed in England's name by Sir George Somers, in July 1609. After colonisation, the island prospered and has continued to do so almost continuously ever since. In 1968, the island was granted internal self-government (formally a British Dependent Territory) while the UK retained control of defence and foreign policy. The issue of independence continues to crop up. A referendum on independence was last held in 1995 but a low turnout produced a majority against independence.
Capital:  Hamilton (BDA)
Currency:  Bermudan Dollar (BMD). USD is widely accepted. 
Language:  English 
Dialling code from SA:  + 1441
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: From second Sunday March to first Sunday November: UTC / GMT -3 (5 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2019: 

Jan 1; Apr 19; May 31; Jun 17; Aug 1, 2; Sep 2; Nov 11; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Left
Best time to go:  Year Round (August – October are the wettest months but chances of hurricanes and storms are low)
Best For: Beaches and Water sports, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Plugs:  110 volts AC, 60Hz. American (flat) two-pin plugs are standard.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. It is considered polite to greet people on the street. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach and poolside. Nude sunbathing is prohibited. Some restaurants and clubs may have a dress code. 
Local Offences / Laws: Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Bermuda Dollars cannot be exchanged outside the country.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Bermuda by persons over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 500g of tobacco
• 1L of spirits and 1L of wine
• Gifts up to a value of BD$30 (visitors) or BD$200 (residents)
You may carry prescribed drugs on arrival provided they are for your own personal use, prescribed by your own doctor and in the original pharmacy packaging, bearing the prescription label and containing supplies only sufficient for your length of stay.
Prohibited Imports: Illegal drugs, offensive weapons, self-defence sprays, stun guns, soil, and indecent or obscene materials. You must obtain a permit in advance to import firearms and ammunition, live animals and plants, endangered animals and plants, fruit, vegetable and plant products, certain meat and dairy products, and certain radio transmitters.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Bermuda is open and welcoming visitors back to the island as of July 1, 2020.

Pre-Departure — Prior to departing for Bermuda, travellers should: 

  • Within 48 hours of departure, complete the Bermuda travel authorisation process online which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee per traveller is required, which includes the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Each passenger must have a form completed regardless of age.
  • Obtain a certified negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up.
  • Ensure they have appropriate health insurance 
  • Wear face masks when travelling to the departure airport 
  • Wear face masks and practise physical distancing at the departure airport 
  • Complete a traveller screening form and arrival card  
  • Pack a thermometer

In Flight — During flight, travellers should: 

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

Upon Arrival — Upon arrival, travellers should: 

  • Present a copy of the pre-departure COVID-19 negative test result
  • Undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport and isolate in their room at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time between 6 to 8 hours in most cases, when arrival happens during the day). This applies to adults and children ages 10 and up. Children less than 10 years-old are exempt from the PCR COVID-19 test.
  • Travellers who do not have a pre-departure negative PCR COVID-19 test result must isolate in their room at accommodation for three days after arrival. They will be tested on day three and if both tests are negative, visitors are free to enjoy Bermuda. A positive test will result in isolation.
  • Wear a face mask and practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible

On-island Experience— When enjoying Bermuda, travellers must:

  • Practise physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing in all public spaces where there is close contact with others, including on all public transport (taxis, ferries and buses). Simultaneously, we’re working to increase contactless payment methods
  • Take your own temperature twice per day and report via online application/portal
  • Take a COVID-19 test, administered on Day 3, Day 7 and Day 14 at easily accessible pop-up testing centres around the island. Appointments accepted; no wait for results, and visitor is notified of results
  • Comply with restrictions on gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, with physical distancing in place. Special allowances for larger groups may be allowed by applying to the Ministry of National Security
  • Comply with nightly curfew from midnight to 5am.

Referwww.gotobermuda.com/bta/press-release/bermuda-tourism-authority-update

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

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Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio