COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  04/09/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • On April 8, the Government of Bermuda reported there are 753 active COVID-19 cases of which 753 are non-hospitalized and 26 are hospitalized.  A total of 864 have recovered and the total deceased is 14.  Bermuda has had 1657 total confirmed positive cases.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently lists Bermuda’s country classification as Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Bermuda.
  • Please visit the Bermuda Travel Advisory website for the current Department of State Travel Advisory for Bermuda.
  • Effective December 8, all residents and visitors to Bermuda are required to wear a Traveler Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay. The Wristbands will remind travelers to be careful of their movements and follow A Traveler’s First 14 Days guidance in order to minimize COVID spread.  Removal of the wristband is not permitted and can result in a fine of $500 and home quarantine with an electronic monitoring bracelet.  Persons who do not wish to wear the Traveler Wristband will quarantine at their accommodation for 14 days.
  • The Government of Bermuda has published the following guidance:
  • At a March 27th press conference, Bermuda’s Premier announced the below changes to the Public Health Emergency Regulations, which will come into effect from, March 28th at 6am:
    • Churches / indoor religious services save for funerals are closed to congregants but open to a max of 10 clergy or those persons required to facilitate services for broadcast.
    • Indoor dining is prohibited save for hotels whose indoor dining is restricted to hotel guests only.  Outdoor restaurants and bars can remain open.
    • Indoor gyms are to be closed, as well as bowling alleys, indoor cinemas, museums, or any other indoor place of public resort.  Outdoor facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts, parks, and outdoor gym equipment can remain open.
    • Retail stores to be restricted to 20% of approved fire occupancy at any one time.
    • To minimize mixing of school age children, where we have seen a significant level of cases – schools and camps are to be closed. However, licensed day care facilities will be allowed to open following strict public health guidance and  will be visited by public health officers.
    • Remote working will now be mandatory where at all possible.
    • All other regulations that were in place previously, will remain in place, including personal care services, which are allowed so long as masks do not have to be removed.  The curfew will remain from 11PM – 5AM.  Simply put, indoor activities that require you to remove a mask are not allowed.
  • For more information and updates, please visit the Government of Bermuda’s COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen test available for U.S. citizens in Bermuda?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes
    • 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. If the time or location of your scheduled test does not suit you, please call the COVID helpline to reschedule at (441) 444–2498.  You can find more information on COVID-19 testing on Government of Bermuda’s COVID-19 website.
    • A COVID-19 test may be obtained from Northshore Medical & Aesthetics Center, 7 Northshore Road, Devonshire DV01, telephone 293-5476.  Click here to book your appointment.
    • A COVID-19 test may be obtained from Helix Genetic & Scientific Solutions Limited, 17 Parliament Street, Second Floor, Hamilton HM 12, telephone 292-8800.  Click here for their website.
    • In most all cases COVID-19 test results will be emailed.
    • As noted above, you can find more information on COVID-19 testing on Government of Bermuda’s COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Bermuda approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Bermuda for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Bermuda?  Pfizer (primary), AstraZenica (limited amount) 
  • For more information on COVID-19 vaccines in Bermuda, please visit the Government of Bermuda’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine website.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    • A negative COVID-19 test is required for entry for visitors. The requirements for a valid test can be found here.
    • Residents do not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter Bermuda, but they must quarantine for 8 days after arrival and until they receive the results from their day 8 test.  Effective December 25, 2020, they will be required to wear a quarantine bracelet, for which they will be charged $300 on arrival.  The bracelet pairs with a phone app.  If a resident chooses not to download the app on their personal phone, a phone will be issued to them for an additional rental fee of $50.
    • See the Government of Bermuda’s COVID-19 Information for Travelers for additional information on Bermuda’s entry requirements.
    • Please note, Bermuda requires that all travelers apply for a Bermuda Travel Authorization.
    • IMPORTANT: By applying for a Bermuda Travel Authorization, visitors and residents agree to comply with Bermuda’s quarantine and public health laws instructions at all times. If you test positive at any time you shall self-isolate for 14 days at your accommodation, at your cost. If you are a close contact of a positive person, you will self-quarantine for 14 days, at your cost.  By completing the Travel Authorization, you agree to comply with Bermuda’s laws designed to protect residents and visitors from COVID-19 spread.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, including a non-contact temperature assessment.
    • Effective December 24, 2020: all travelers to Bermuda who are arriving from the United Kingdom or who have visited the United Kingdom in the 14 days before they arrive in Bermuda must quarantine in their accommodation for 4 days.  They may only be released from quarantine after receiving a negative result from their Day 4 COVID-19 test.
  • Visit the Government of Bermuda’s website for information on obtaining a visitor’s extension.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  Yes
    • A curfew is in place from 11pm-5am daily.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No
      • However, effective December 8, all residents and visitors to Bermuda are required to wear a Traveler Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay.  The Wristbands will remind travelers to be careful of their movements and follow A Traveler’s First 14 Days guidance in order to minimize COVID spread.

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  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.
    • 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.

Transportation Options: 

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
    • Commercial flight service to L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda resumed on July 1.  Please visit their website for the latest information.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
      • 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.
  • All travelers (residents and visitors) are considered quarantined between the airport and their accommodation and therefore should:
        • Use taxis. 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.
        • Another option is to 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.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • On July 17, the Government of Bermuda approved an extension of Bermuda’s COVID-19 regulations, 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.
  • On December 1, the Minister of Health announced a mandatory mask wearing mandate when individuals are in a public place and cannot maintain social distancing.  The first offense will result in a $500 fine, followed by a $1,000 for a second offense.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section is accepting U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications.  Please visit our U.S. Citizen Services website for additional information.
  • Visa requests are evaluated on a case by case basis, and are evaluated via email.  For more information please visit the U.S. Consulate General’s website or email us at hamiltonconsulate@state.gov
  • All U.S. Citizens currently in Bermuda should register with the Consulate by going to state.gov to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alert messages.

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