Last updated: 17 Feb 2021

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 2021: 

Jan 1; Apr 2; May 28; Jun 21; Jul 29, 30; Sep 6; Nov 11; Dec 25-28

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: 

  • One to three days before 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. 
  • Visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result no more than five days before arrival. The day of testing is day 0. Test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. Visitors without a pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation and enter Bermuda.
  • Acquire health insurance covering illness and injury outside of your 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 should they require treatment and/or quarantine, including costs related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in Bermuda
  • Pack a thermometer

Upon Arrival — Upon arrival, travellers should: 

  • 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.
  • Present a copy of the pre-departure COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than 5 days before departure. The day you test, is day 0
  • Undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport. Those with a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test will quarantine at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for most results, though results may take longer depending on arrival time)
  • Wear a face mask and practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible
  • Effective December 8, all returning residents and visitors are required to wear a Traveller Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay. Traveller Wristbands will be distributed during testing upon arrival. Travellers who do not wish to wear the wristband will be required to quarantine at their accommodation for 14 days.
  • Attention United Kingdom travellers: Effective December 24, 2020, visitors and returning residents travelling to Bermuda from the UK even with a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 PCR test result, will be required to quarantine in their accommodation for four days and cannot be released from quarantine until they have a Day 4 negative test result. This new protocol will also apply to those who have travelled in the UK anytime in the 14 days prior to arrival in Bermuda.
  • Take a COVID-19 test, administered on Day 4, Day 8 and Day 14 at testing centres (Perot Post Office, City of Hamilton Mon–Sat; Southside, St. David’s Sun). The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not arrange separate appointments.

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

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by SA passport holders .

For visa information please contact Home Affairs in Pretoria : Tel: (012) 314 8911 or their customer care number : 0800 60 11 90

Warning: Like all immigration regulations, the rules are subject to change.

Visitors travelling on to another country after Bermuda and requiring a visa for that country must be in possession of the relevant visa before entry into Bermuda.

Extensions are only granted by the Bermuda Department of Immigration and are the exception rather than the rule.

Also see : Bermuda Department of Tourism www.gotobermuda.com

 

Travel Health

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