COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/01/20

Bermuda-Specific Information:

  • On August 31, the Government of Bermuda reported 173 cases of COVID-19, 155 recoveries, 8 active cases and zero hospitalizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Bermuda encouraging travelers to practice enhanced precautions.  The Department of State has also issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Bermuda.  Read the Travel Health Notice and Travel Advisory.
  • Bermuda’s Public Schools are scheduled to reopen on September 14 with students resuming in-person classes.
  • On July 1, Bermuda entered Phase 4 – the “New Normal” – of the Government of Bermuda’s phased reopening strategy.  In addition to lifting the state of emergency, the Government eased several restrictions, including:
  • Increasing the number of permitted gatherings from 20 to 50 individuals.
  • Allowing restaurants to offer in-dining services and grocery stores to return to normal operations.
  • Reopening bars, nightclubs, movies theaters, museums, gyms, and personal services businesses like barbershops and nail salons.
  • All businesses are required to adhere to the Government of Bermuda’s safety guidelines such as all employees wearing face masks and enforcing social distancing.
  • For more information and updates, please visit the Government of Bermuda COVID-19 website.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Yes, U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Bermuda.
  • Yes, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry for visitors. Residents do not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter Bermuda, but they must quarantine for four days after arrival.
  • Yes, health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, including a non-contact temperature assessment.
  • Below you will find more information on entry and exit requirements

 

  • Pre-departure — A traveler must:
    • Complete the Bermuda travel authorization online; a $75 fee is required, which includes the cost of the PCR COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. The Travel Authorization can be found on this link.
    • A visitor must take a certified PCR COVID-19 test, ideally within 72 hours of departure, but no more than seven days, and obtain a negative result. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine.
    • Bermuda residents are not required to get a test before traveling to Bermuda, but they must quarantine for four days after arrival. Residents include work permit holders.

 

  • Upon Arrival — Upon arrival, travelers must:
    • Visitors must present a copy of the pre-departure PCR COVID-19 negative test result to health officers on request and a copy of the Travel Authorization form.
    • Travelers arriving at the airport will undergo a mandatory non-contact temperature check.
    • Residents and visitors will undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the L.F. Wade International Airport and quarantine at home or in their room at their accommodation until results are ready (turnaround time is approximately 24 hours in most cases, though results may take longer depending on arrival time). This applies to adults and children ages 10 and up. Children less than 10 years old are exempt from the PCR COVID-19 test.
    • Residents (including work permit holders) who do not have a pre-departure negative PCR COVID-19 test result must quarantine for eight days after arrival. They will not be tested on day four, but they will be tested on day eight and will be released from quarantine with a day eight negative results. If you did take an RT-PCR COVID-19 test before departure and receive a negative result during your first four days in Bermuda, you will be released from quarantine. You will still have to test on day 4, day 8, and 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.
    • Wear a face mask and practice physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.

 

  • Transportation from the Airport: 
    • All travelers (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 travelers in case contact tracing is required.
      • Organize for a local contact/household member to pick-up the traveler 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 travelers (residents and visitors) leaving the airport as they will not be able to provide contact tracing upon their departure.

Exit Requirements:

  • All travelers are required to wear a mask when entering the airport.

Movement Restrictions:

  • No, a curfew is not in place at this time and there are no restrictions on movement in Bermuda.

Quarantine Information:

  • Yes, U.S. citizens (residents and visitors) are required to quarantine at home or in their accommodation until results from the arrival tests are ready. Please find below more information:
    • According to the Government of Bermuda, the turnaround time for the result of the arrival test is approximately 24 hours, though results may take longer depending on arrival time.
    • If a resident, work permit holder or visitor becomes COVID-19 positive, is a close contact of a positive person, is symptomatic, or if a traveler is clinically diagnosed at any point, they will be subject to public-health (COVID-19) regulations and will be isolated at their accommodation for up to 14 days.
    • Anyone who becomes COVID-19 positive, or whom health authorities believe could be positive, will be fitted with an Aqua electronic bracelet to assist with isolation/quarantine.

 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Government of Bermuda provides free COVID-19 testing for visitors and residents. The Ministry of Health has booked the required tests for all travelers (residents and visitors) arriving on the island. Travelers will receive an email with the date, time, and location of their test.
  • Testing is available at the following locations in September:
Date Testing Center Location Time
Tuesday – 1st September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday – 2ndSeptember Market Place Heron Bay 2 pm – 7 pm
Thursday – 3rd September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 5th September Market Place Modern Mart 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – 6th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 9 am – 1pm
Tuesday – 8th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 3 pm – 7pm
Wednesday – 9th September Market Place Shelly Bay 2 pm – 7 pm
Thursday – 10th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 12thSeptember Market Place Somerset 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – 13th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday – 15thSeptember Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday – 16th September Market Place Heron Bay 2 pm – 7 pm
Thursday – 17thSeptember Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 19thSeptember Market Place Modern Mart 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – 20th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday – 22nd September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday – 23rd September Market Place Shelly Bay 2 pm – 7 pm
Thursday – 24th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 26thSeptember Market Place Somerset 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – 27th September Southside Drive Through Old Whites Supermarket 9 am – 1 pm
Tuesday – 29thSeptember Southside Old Whites Supermarket 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday – 30thSeptember Market Place Heron Bay 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Transportation Options:

  • Yes, commercial flights are operating.
    • Commercial flight service to L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda resumed on July 1. Please visit their website for the latest information.
    • When using taxis – all persons must wear a mask, sanitize their hands before entering the vehicle and sit in the back seat. Taxi drivers must also record contact details for the travelers in case contact tracing is required.
  • Yes, public transportation is operating.
    • When traveling on public buses and ferries, all passengers must wear masks, sit three feet away from others, sanitize their hands upon entry, and follow capacity limitation rules.  Visitors should only take public transportation if you need to.   Leisurely rides are not recommended.  For the latest public transportation schedules, please visit the Department of Transportation website.

 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • On July 17, the Government of Bermuda approved an extension of Bermuda’s COVID-19 regulations through September 27, including a $25,000 fine and/or six months’ imprisonment for non-compliance of the requirement to quarantine while travelers wait for the results of the mandatory arrival COVID-19 test.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section is currently offering limited U.S. Citizen services, including passport and citizenship services and limited visa services. For more information please email us at hamiltonconsulate@state.gov
  • All U.S. Citizens currently in Bermuda should register with the Consulate by going to state.gov to receive our Alert messages.

Local Resources:

  • For more information and updates from the Government of Bermuda’s response and resources on COVID-19, please visit their website: https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus
  • Inquiries about COVID-19 can be directed to the Bermuda Ministry of Health hotline at 444-2498

 

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