COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  11/15/2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  Additional information can be found here: Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three (3) days before their flight.

Exceptions to the Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

If you are located in Bermuda and wish to apply for an emergency or humanitarian vaccination exception please compile the required information as noted on the CDC’s website, also listed below, and provide the information in the exact format listed below to the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda via email at hamiltonconsulate@state.gov.  Please be sure all requested information is provided.  The U.S. Consulate will forward the request to the CDC who will determine whether or not to grant the exception.  If the vaccination exception request is sent to hamiltonconsulate@state.gov after hours (between 1630-0800) – and is for urgent/emergency travel – the requestor/traveler should call the Consulate Duty Officer at 441-335-3828 after sending the email.

Required Information and Format:

  • Type of emergency or humanitarian request
    • Exception for requirement for proof of being fully vaccinated; and/or
    • Exemption from predeparture testing requirement
  • Name (family name/surname, given name)
  • Passport #
  • Nationality
  • Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • U.S. destination address
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
  • Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
    • Airline
    • Flight #
    • Departure airport and date of departure
    • Arrival airport and date of arrival
  • Vaccination Status
    • Fully Vaccinated
      • Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
      • Date of first dose
      • Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
      • PDF or photograph of vaccination record
    • NOT Fully Vaccinated
  • Purpose of travel to the United States and a brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed
  • As applicable:
    • Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
    • Justification for humanitarian exemption for testing requirement (e.g., no testing available where passenger is located)
  • Documentation to support justification (e.g., medical records, orders for emergency evacuation)
  • Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)

Country-Specific Information:

  • On November 12, the Government of Bermuda reported there are 58 active COVID-19 cases.  Of those cases 4 are hospitalized.  A total of 5544 have recovered and the total number of deaths is 106.  Bermuda has had 5708 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.
  • Please review the Government of Bermuda’s website for all COVID-19 related updates.
  • Review this Government of Bermuda website regarding guidance for immunized and non-immunized travelers.

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 books 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, or if you have other questions about the COVID testing in Bermuda, please call the COVID helpline  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, 2-years-old and older, are strongly encouraged to have a negative pre-arrival PCR COVID-19 test taken within 4 days of arrival.  Immunized residents without a pre-arrival test must quarantine until receipt of a negative day 4 test result.
    • 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: If you test positive at any time, or if you are identified as a close contact of a positive person, you shall self-isolate for 14 days at your accommodation at your cost. This applies even if you are vaccinated. By purchasing a Travel Authorization you agree to comply with Bermuda’s laws designed to protect residents and visitors from COVID-19 spread as outlined here, including wearing a traveler wristband (required) and a quarantine monitoring bracelet (if required).
  • 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:

Quarantine Information: 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
    • Immunized 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.
    • All non-immunized travelers to Bermuda must quarantine upon arrival at the house or accommodation in Bermuda at which the person is residing for not less than 14 days.  Visit the Government of Bermuda website for additional information. 
  • 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.
  • Effective immediately, all travelers to Bermuda who are arriving from Brazil, India or South Africa or who have visited Brazil, India or South Africa in the 14 days before they arrive in Bermuda must quarantine in their accommodation for fourteen days. They may only be released from quarantine after receiving a negative result from the Day 14 COVID-19 test.  In this case, quarantine relates to the property at which the traveler is accommodated, if the traveler is immunized, however if the traveler is not immunized they must stay in the room.

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, 2020 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, 2020 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.  Notarial services are also being provided.  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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