Frequently Asked Questions – ACS

Thank you for your message to the Consular Section at the U.S. Consulate in Hamilton, Bermuda.  Please find below the answer to commonly asked routine questions.  If your question is answered below, you will not receive a reply to your inquiry.  For other questions, we will reply as quickly as possible, typically within three business days.

A: In order to apply for a passport for your child under age 16, please follow these instructions:

  • Complete the form DS-11. Do not print the form double sided. Please note that the address in block 8 must be a local Bermuda address (nothing will be mailed there, however). If your child was born at King Edward Hospital, the place of birth is listed as “Paget, Bermuda”
  • Provide one passport photo for the child. Photo standards are listed here.
  • Obtain the child’s birth certificate. Both parents who are listed on the birth certificate, along with the child, are required to come to the interview. Parents must bring identification such as a driver’s license.
  • If one parent is not available, complete the form DS-3053. Do not print the form double sided. This form must be notarized, and the identification that was presented to the notary must be copied, back and front, and included with the form. We require the original of the DS-3053 to adjudicate the passport application.
  • Once you have completed the required forms and obtained the supporting documents, make an appointment for the interview by clicking on this link.
  • Payment for the passport application is made at the Consulate on the day of the interview in US or Bermuda dollars cash, or by credit or debit card. The fee is $115.

A: No, unfortunately you can’t take advantage of our walk-in service and you will need to make an appointment. Below are instructions for someone over the age of 16 who is renewing their passport for the first time after turning 16.

  • Complete the form DS-11. Do not print the form double sided. Please note that the address in block 8 must be a local Bermuda address (nothing will be mailed there, however).
  • Obtain one passport photo. Photo standards are listed here.
  • Once you have completed the required form, make an appointment for the interview by clicking on this link. Bring your current or expired U.S. passport with you.
  • Payment for the passport application is made at the Consulate on the day of the interview in US or Bermuda dollars cash, or by credit card. The fee is $145. Processing time is 2-3 weeks.

A: Information about notary services, including the link to make an appointment on our website, can be found here.

A: No. U.S. citizens living overseas need to register for an absentee ballot, which will come by email or mail (depending on the state). For full details on how to register to vote overseas, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website, at www.fvap.gov

A: Details on registering for an absentee ballot can be found at www.fvap.gov. From there, select Overseas Citizen Voter, and select your state from the map. From there, the registration wizard will guide you through the process.

A: All persons, including children, entering Bermuda by airplane are required to present a valid U.S. passport to enter Bermuda or re-enter the United States. The name on your passport must match the name on your airline ticket.

A: While U.S. passports are not officially required for cruises which originate and terminate in the United States, we strongly recommend that you bring a valid U.S. passport with you on your cruise. If you are unable to complete the cruise for any reason (illnesses and arrests are the most common), and you must return to the United States by plane, a passport will be required. Note that passport cards are not valid for air travel.  Instructions on how to apply for a passport can be found here.

A: While many countries do require at least 6 months’ passport validity for entry, Bermuda only requires that your U.S. passport be valid at the time of entry. For more information on travel requirements for Bermuda, click here to read the Bermuda page on Travel.State.Gov.

A: You may enroll in STEP at the following website: https://step.state.gov/  By enrolling in STEP, you will not only receive urgent messaging in the event of an emergency, but also any invitations to Town Hall gatherings for U.S. citizens residing in Bermuda, or other important information that is disseminated by the Consulate.

A: Comprehensive information on Bermuda’s pet importation requirements may be found on this website.

A: All matters concerning entry into Bermuda fall under the responsibility of Bermuda’s Department of Immigration. You may contact them directly at 441-295-5151; you should ask for the Bermuda Immigration Compliance Section.

A: U.S. citizens traveling overseas are subject to the laws of the country they are visiting. Please note that controlled substances such as marijuana and other drugs are not legal in Bermuda, even for medicinal purposes. Even if the substance is legal in the United States, you can be arrested here in Bermuda if it is discovered in your cruise ship stateroom, hotel room, or on your person. Cruise ship staff and the Bermudian authorities at L.F. Wade International Airport are very skilled at detecting illicit substances. Detection results in arrest, detention in a Bermudian jail, and high fines. For cruises, being discovered with controlled substances in your possession also results in you being removed from the ship and, once the Bermudian legal proceedings are complete, having to purchase an airline ticket to fly home. Do not bring any controlled or illicit substances with you on your trip. This includes medical marijuana for which you have a prescription.