Should you need information about countries you are planning to visit, please consult the Department of State’s Consular Affairs Bureau web page at: http://travel.state.gov/ This web page contains the Consular Affairs Bureau’s general information releases, all travel warnings, consular information sheets, public announcements, and consular affairs travel publications.
Some relevant travel links to the Consular Affairs Bureau homepage have been listed below.
Sign up for the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) – STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency and also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
More information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or through their website at: http://www.cdc.gov/
For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) at: http://www.who.int/en/
Beach Update 2016
To safeguard public health, the Government of Bermuda provides weekly monitoring of water quality at swimming beaches during the swimming season in accordance with U.S. sampling and analytical methods and posts all results on the Health Department website at www.health.gov.bm.
Sampling results show that water quality of monitored beaches in Bermuda usually satisfies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) water quality criteria for bacteria in recreational waters. When monitoring indicates high levels of bacteria (during rare weather conditions, for example), the results are confirmed by immediate follow up sampling. The public will be notified of waters exceeding acceptable values by posted notice on the affected beaches, media release and by advisory at health.gov.bm.
Swimmers may wish to review EPA healthy swimming messages that outline steps swimmers/families can take to protect their health while at the beach at www2.epa.gov/beaches/learn-human-health-beach or www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/swimming/resources/epa-before-you-go-to-beach-brochure.pdf. (PDF – 71 KB)