U.S. immigration policy related to Bermuda Passports

Bermuda Passport (Royal Gazette)

U.S. immigration policy related to Bermuda has NOT changed and Bermudians do  NOT require a visa to enter the United States, as has been long-standing policy.

Per 8 CFR 212.1, Bermudian passport holders are visa exempt. 8 CFR 212.1 States: Citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda – A visa is generally not required for Citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, except those Bermudians that fall under nonimmigrant visa categories E, K, S, or V. 

As Bermuda is not a visa waiver program country, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda are not eligible to apply for ESTA in a Bermuda passport.

The U.S. Consulate General recently became aware that some Bermudians were experiencing additional questions or delays at some international borders.  After looking into the issue, we discovered that newly issued UK Overseas Territory passports no longer designate Bermuda separate from other UK Overseas Territories, most of which DO require visas to enter the United States.  Without its own unique designation, Bermudians with newly-issued British Overseas Territories passports might be asked about visas when entering the United States from other countries.  We referred the issue to Government House and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at LF Wade International Airport are fully aware of the new designation for Bermudians in the new Overseas Territories passports and are able to routinely process visa-free entry to the United States from Bermuda per standard practice.

Obtaining a U.S. visa could reduce or eliminate additional questions at international borders due to the elimination of Bermuda’s unique designation code.  Again, this situation is not due to any changes in U.S CBP procedures and U.S Immigration Law relating to Bermudian Nationals admission into the United States.  The decision to apply for a visa is up to each individual traveler.  Prospective applicants should follow instructions on the U.S. Consulate’s website: https://bm.usconsulate.gov/visas/