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BERMUDA ANNOUNCES NEW COVID TRAVEL PROTOCOLS

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Bermuda Announces New Covid Travel Protocols Providing Safe & Simple Guidelines For Vaccinated Visitors

Effective March 7, 2022, Relaxed Protocols Make it Even Easier to Enjoy the Year-Round Island Getaway

(NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 7, 2022)  –   Bermuda  has announced updated COVID-19 protocols, offering new travel guidelines that will streamline the process for vaccinated travellers visiting the island, by land or sea. Effective March 7, 2022, the revised guidelines will continue to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, while making it even more convenient for visitors.

“We welcome visitors from around the world with travel guidelines that ensure their safety as well as their convenience, and our updated protocols will make visiting Bermuda even easier,” said Charles H. Jeffers II, Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) CEO. “Our hotels and local businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known. There’s never been a better time to visit.”

Bermuda’s new guidelines will require all visitors to show proof of current vaccination status and a negative COVID-19 test result (both antigen or PCR tests are allowed) within two days of arriving on the island.

  • Travellers will need to complete the Travellers Authorisation form with this information 24 – 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • Up-to-date vaccination status is defined as having received a second dose within six months, or three doses of the vaccine.
  • No further testing will be required upon arrival. If country of origin requires a test to return, Bermuda will automatically schedule and provide return testing to travellers.

“Due to the overwhelming response we have seen to our recent  Pink Sale  promotion, we are extending this special offer for savings of up to 50% if booked before February 20,” said Douglas Trueblood, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “People are ready to travel, and Bermuda is eager to welcome them back.”

For all Bermuda coronavirus updates and requirements, go to  www.gov.bm/coronavirus .

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Bermuda is beautiful, safe and open to visitors – we welcome you to the island for business!

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The government of Bermuda has put in place stringent travel protocols to protect you and Bermuda.

Before travelling to Bermuda, you must complete the travel authorisation form online.

What to Know 

Before arrival, get a travel authorisation.

You will need:

  • To have no symptoms
  • A valid email address
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 3 days before departure – more information
  • Non resident travellers must be fully vaccinated.
  • To consent to having a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival
  • To sign an agreement to abide by the legal requirement to quarantine in your accommodation as instructed
  • Visitors 2 years and under: do not require testing to instead upload government issued photo ID as proof of age.
  • Complete Travel Authorisation form which can be found on the Bermuda Government website.

Travel Authorisation applications are vetted between 9 am and 8 pm daily, prior to approval (see below for requirements and the process). Emergency Travel Authorisations may be issued on the day of travel by the COVID-19 Helpline at +1 (441) 444-2498 or 1-833-570-2594. If your Travel Authorisation is not approved before your flight, you cannot travel to Bermuda.

By applying for a Travel Authorisation, 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 at your accommodation, at your cost. Health insurance options are available and should be considered.

Immunised travellers: Bermuda’s protocols for immunised travellers can be viewed  here . Business travellers who have been immunised are permitted to have face to face meetings following receipt of a negative COVID-19 arrival test result but meetings should be held in well-ventilated meeting rooms whenever possible. For more on potential meeting venues see here .

On Arrival, Travellers Must:

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  • Show a copy of their Travel Authorisation
  • Show a copy of their pre-departure COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than 3 days before departure. For reference, the day you test is day 0
  • Undergo PCR COVID-19 testing at the Airport. Those with a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test must quarantine at their accommodation until results are ready, which is usually within 24 hours. This applies to adults and children ages 2 and up. Expedited results are availble for $200
  • Wear a face mask and practise physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.

On-island, Travellers Must:

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  • Practise physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing in all public spaces where there is close contact with others.
  • The location and time of each of your tests will automatically be booked for you, so please do not arrange separate appointments. You will receive email reminders 24 hours before each test. To reschedule the time, please call the government’s COVID-19 hotline at +1 (441) 444-2498 (open 9 am–9 pm).

More information can be found on the Bermuda government’s coronavirus travellers page .

NOTE: If you are here to work in an office or for a business meeting, each office will have its own Covid-19 safety protocols, based on government guidelines, and it is a good idea to check with the office managers to see what the requirements are.

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With less than 700 miles and 90 minutes separating it from the U.S. East Coast, Bermuda is a worthy destination for travelers to consider, especially since the pink sand paradise recently made it easier for vaccinated travelers to visit starting next month.

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New COVID-19 entry requirements for vaccinated travelers

New COVID-19 protocols will take effect March 7, 2022, in a move that the Bermuda Tourism Authority hopes will "streamline the process for vaccinated travelers visiting the island by land or sea."

The new guidelines will require all visitors age 18 and older to show proof of current vaccination status. Travelers to Bermuda are considered fully vaccinated if they have received the final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or if they are boosted with three doses.

For vaccinated travelers, no further testing will be required beyond the pre-departure test starting March 7. Until March 7, vaccinated travelers will still be required to submit a pre-arrival test, test upon arrival and quarantine until that pre-arrival test result is returned negative.

This change is welcome news for travelers, including TPG senior travel editor Melanie Lieberman, who chronicled her journey from NYC to Bermuda in June to review the new St. Regis Bermuda Resort.

"In addition to the PCR test taken prior to departure, I also needed to apply for Travel Authorization one to three days before arrival with the negative test result, which cost $75," she wrote then. "This summer, being vaccinated barely altered my experience in Bermuda since I had to quarantine at the hotel until receipt of the negative test I had taken upon landing at L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA)."

Travelers must still complete an online authorization form within 24–48 hours of arrival. Additionally, all visitors age 2 and above must still submit results of a negative COVID-19 test result within two days of arriving on the island. Both antigen and PCR tests are accepted.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) will automatically schedule and provide testing to travelers whose country of origin requires an entry test, including Americans.

"We welcome visitors from around the world with travel guidelines that ensure their safety as well as their convenience, and our updated protocols will make visiting Bermuda even easier," said BTA CEO Charles H. Jeffers II in a statement. "Our hotels and local businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known. There's never been a better time to visit."

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Entry requirements for unvaccinated travelers

Although things may be getting far simpler for vaccinated travelers, it's a different story for unvaccinated travelers, who are currently prohibited from entering Bermuda as of December 2021.

Bottom line

Thanks to the upcoming removal of on-arrival testing requirements and quarantine for vaccinated travelers, a quick trip to Bermuda is more plausible than ever if you've received a COVID-19 vaccine. However, travel is currently implausible for those who are unvaccinated.

The BTA is currently offering a deal for half-price stays at certain hotels on the island for reservations booked by Feb. 20, 2022.

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"Due to the overwhelming response we have seen to our recent Pink Sale promotion, we are extending this special offer for savings of up to 50% if booked before February 20," said Douglas Trueblood, chief sales and marketing officer of the BTA. "People are ready to travel, and Bermuda is eager to welcome them back."

Featured deals include rooms starting at $197 per night at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa; $251 per night at Azura Bermuda; $254 per night at Royal Palms Hotel and $281 per night at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa, among others. Click here for full details.

Additional reporting by Melanie Lieberman.

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Bermuda Is Easing Its Travel Protocols in March

Bermuda is set to ease its travel protocols starting March 7. 

The Atlantic island will require all visitors to show proof of full vaccination and a negative test (either antigen or PCR) within two days before arriving on the island. 

Full vaccination is a change from the island’s existing rules, which had effectively required a booster shot for most travelers. 

Now, any travelers who received their second dose more than 14 days before travel can enter the island. 

“We welcome visitors from around the world with travel guidelines that ensure their safety as well as their convenience, and our updated protocols will make visiting Bermuda even easier,” said Charles H. Jeffers II, Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO. “Our hotels and local businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known. There’s never been a better time to visit.”

Bermuda is no longer performing testing on arrival, either. 

The island automatically schedules and provides return testing for US travelers. 

Travelers still need to fill out the island’s Travel Authorization Form. 

“People are ready to travel, and Bermuda is eager to welcome them back,” Douglas Trueblood, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at the Bermuda Tourism Authority. 

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International Flights to Bermuda Will Resume in July

Bermuda is reopening its airport to international travelers, including those from the u.s., on july 1 with new safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors..

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International Flights to Bermuda Will Resume in July

After managing coronavirus with fewer than 200 total cases during the global pandemic, Bermuda is ready to welcome back travelers from abroad.

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This is a developing story. For the latest information on traveling during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization .

It looks like an island getaway is possible this summer—if you’re willing to follow a series of strict health protocols. Starting July 1, Bermuda’s government will allow for international commercial flights to resume to the self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. This is part of Bermuda’s fourth phase of reopening after successfully containing the coronavirus through a high volume of testing, contact tracing, and shelter-at-home measures.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic to date, Bermuda has recorded only 146 total cases of COVID-19 with 9 resulting deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University . As of June 25 , there were 4 active cases remaining on the island.

“As we work to finalize the protocols and requirements for travel to Bermuda, rest assured, we will always place the safety of our island and its people above all else,” Zane DeSilva, Bermuda’s minister of tourism and transport, said at a press conference earlier in June.

Here’s what we know about those new protocols and requirements.

Visitors will need to be tested at least twice for COVID-19

Before departing, travelers must complete a Bermuda travel authorization form online and pay a $75 fee, which covers the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Also, ideally within 72 hours but no more than five days before departure , adults and children 10 years and older will need to obtain a negative nasal swab test. (Children betweeen 10 and 17 can opt for a saliva test instead and children under 10 years are exempt from all testing.)

Visitors are also being asked to pack a thermometer and only travel to Bermuda if they have health insurance that covers them outside of their home jurisdiction. Face masks will be required to be worn throughout the entire journey, including while traveling to the departure airport, at the airport, and during the flight.

Upon arrival in Bermuda, travelers will also be asked to undergo another COVID-19 test at L.F. Wade International Airport or at their accommodation, and then self-quarantine until the new test results are delivered (typically within 8 to 24 hours). Other safety protocols, including temperature checks and face mask requirements, will also be in place at the airport.

Travelers who are able to produce those two negative test results will be free to move around Bermuda as long as they adhere to local health guidelines, which include wearing face masks in all public places when social distancing isn’t possible, as well as taking their own temperatures twice a day and recording the results online through a government portal. Depending on the length of the trip, travelers will also need to take additional COVID-19 tests on day 3, day 7, and day 14 at pop-up testing centers throughout Bermuda.

Those who are unable to access predeparture COVID-19 tests will still be allowed to travel to Bermuda. However, they will need to quarantine for three days at their accommodation in addition to undergoing testing upon arrival and again on the third day of their trip.

If you end up testing positive during your trip, you’ll be required to quarantine at your accommodation for up to 14 days and wear an electronic bracelet to track your movement.

Airlift to Bermuda is limited for now

Even though L.F. Wade International Airport is technically reopening to regularly scheduled commercial flights on July 1, airlines will slowly resume flights from North America and the United Kingdom throughout the month.

So far, the flight schedule for July 2020 looks like this:

  • July 2: Air Canada resumes weekly flights from Toronto on Thursdays
  • July 6: Delta resumes daily flights from Atlanta
  • July 17: British Airways resumes twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick on Mondays and Fridays

Restaurants, pools, and spas are open—with social-distancing measures in place

As of July 1, a curfew will still be in place between midnight and 5 a.m., but many things will be open on the island. So far, during Phase 3 (which lasts until July 1), restaurants have reopened with indoor and outdoor dining as long as proper social distancing is in place. Movie theaters and museums have reopened with 20 percent capacity, pools can allow up to 20 people at a time, and spas are able to book appointments for massages once again. While indoor bars and nightclubs remain closed for now, they are expected to reopen in Phase 4 along with international flights on July 1.

Some hotels (but not all of them) will be reopen by July

Starting July 2, Rosewood Bermuda will welcome back international visitors in accordance with guidelines put in place by the Bermuda Ministry of Health along with the Rosewood Hotel Group’s own global health and safety program . Guests at the hotel, which is located on a private pink sand beach, will be able to visit the property’s restaurants, pools, gym, and golf course. Currently, several offers are available , including a fifth night free on a four-night reservation deal, as well as 35 percent off suites.

The 45-room Loren at Pink Beach has been open to local visitors for staycations since May 28 and has implemented new protocols to keep staff and guests safe and healthy. The property’s Sisley Spa, restaurants, pool, and beach facilities will reopen in line with the government guidelines.

However, both Fairmont properties on the island, the Hamilton Princess and the Fairmont Southampton , will remain closed through at least August 1, 2020 .

Hotels we write about are independently vetted and recommended by our editors. AFAR may earn a commission if you book through our links, which helps support our independent publication.

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Bermuda Travel Safety Protocols: Before, During & After Your Visit

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“Bermuda has taken safety seriously since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has emerged as an extremely safe place for travelers to visit in 2020,” said Glenn Jones, interim CEO for Bermuda Tourism Authority. The latest Bermuda travel advisory states Bermuda is open for travelers and tourists, but they need to practice the required safety measures. 

What kind of considerations should travelers think about when finding out if Bermuda safe to travel to?

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“We continue to enhance and elevate our protocols to protect our local community and put our guests’ minds at ease, so they can fully enjoy and experience our island,” continued Jones. 

Currently, the US State Department classifies Bermuda as a location in which you should ‘reconsider travel’. However, that doesn't mean the country is closed. In fact, the coronavirus infection rate is incredibly low. 

“The stringent measures we have in place allow us to continue to welcome guests to our shores,” said Edward Burt, Premier of Bermuda in remarks on October 20th. “Not only has airline capacity continued to increase with more tourists beginning to arrive, so far just over 350 people have been approved to ‘ Work in Bermuda ’ for a year.”

The initial travel consideration is about whether your travel is essential or not, so for many visitors who are traveling to Bermuda for business or to begin a life here, this consideration is an easy one to decide. 

In a press release by the Bermuda Tourism Authority , they said “Bermuda is open, safe and ready to welcome travelers.” Before you travel, research every part of your trip thoroughly so you can stay safe while exploring, working or living in Bermuda. 

Also, remember to check whether you’ll need to self-isolate upon returning to your home country as this can differ depending on your government’s advice. 

For more information on travel guidance, you can go to the CDC’s Covid-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination page.

When Do You Need to take a COVID-19 Test?

Bermuda is quite stringent when it comes to testing. All travelers over the age of nine need to take:

  • A pre-departure test no more than five days before traveling (this is a change from an earlier seven days protocol). You can upload the negative test results into Bermuda's Online Travel Authorisation application one to three days before departure. 
  • A test upon arrival and on day four, eight and 14 of travel (these will be arranged for you).

There’s a mandatory $75 fee for these tests. 

At each stage of your first 14 days in Bermuda, there are certain activities you are and are not permitted to do. The list of things you are permitted to do increases with every negative test. See the full Government of Bermuda’s guidance on your first 14 days in Bermuda below.

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The only isolation period travelers need to carry out is when they immediately arrive on the island and are awaiting the results of their first test in Bermuda. Don’t worry, you get your results back in about 24 hours so you can begin to enjoy the island's offerings in no time.

Children of the ages 10-17 that are traveling to Bermuda must receive parental consent to receive a COVID-19 test. If consent isn't received, the child must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. 

“The Government of Bermuda is doing an incredible job managing the island’s safety,” said U.S. Consul General to Bermuda, Lee Rizzuto. 

“The U.S Consulate has been heavily engaged on this issue, advocating for the island’s safety and highlighting protocols implemented by the Government of Bermuda to minimize the spread of COVID-19. ”

While this is fantastic information for Bermuda residents, business travelers and Bermudaphiles everywhere, safety is still paramount.

As with many places around the world, there are safety precautions in place. For example, in all public spaces, you’re required to wear a mask. You must also take your temperature twice a day, as a symptom of COVID-19 is a temperature registering 100F or higher. 

You must practice the safety measures put in place by any business you happen to find yourself in, whether it’s a small independent shop or a large restaurant. Each establishment will have developed its own protocols, which will be explained to you when you enter. 

Bermuda is displaying great levels of compliance and safety in this respect. In his remarks , Premier Burt tells the story of Evita Robinson, a speaker at the recent ‘Reset, Re-imagine & Renew’ Tourism Summit, who recently posted about her trip to the island:

"Crucially, Ms. Robinson admitted to viewers that prior to flying, the trip and the worry about infection was beginning to induce personal anxiety. However, Ms. Robinson, someone who admitted in the video travels wearing a mask, a face shield and a hazmat suit, said Bermuda’s protocols were so thorough and convenient that she did not have any anxiety either at the airport or once she was in her hotel room."

As Bermuda has a number of stringent rules in place for your safety and since July 1st has opened its doors to tourists, where is currently open for accommodation?

There are a number of hotels and other accommodation types currently open in Bermuda. Explore the list below to see just what’s available. 

How to ensure travel safety in Bermuda is very well detailed. But what about the other parts of Bermuda travel that concern culture, geography and activities? Well, look no further. We’ve got the guide for you.

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Jones has gone on to say that “Bermuda is one of the safest places in the world right now, thanks to diligent testing and contact-tracing protocols. Surveys found half our visitors chose Bermuda for that reason and an overwhelming 94% feel safe or very safe here. We welcome all travellers to visit our island safely and responsibly.” That’s wonderful news for all. To get a feel for Bermuda, our guide is here to help.

From things to do to food to try , wildlife to spot  to beaches to relax on - our ‘Life in Bermuda’ guide has all the information a curious mind might need about the tropical paradise that is Bermuda. 

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines

Recommendations.

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Bermuda.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages traveling to Bermuda.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

Cases of measles are on the rise worldwide. Travelers are at risk of measles if they have not been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, or have not had measles in the past, and travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.

All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months, according to  CDC’s measles vaccination recommendations for international travel .

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Dogs infected with rabies are not commonly found in Bermuda.

If rabies exposures occur while in Bermuda, rabies vaccines are typically available throughout most of the country.

Rabies pre-exposure vaccination considerations include whether travelers 1) will be performing occupational or recreational activities that increase risk for exposure to potentially rabid animals and 2) might have difficulty getting prompt access to safe post-exposure prophylaxis.

Please consult with a healthcare provider to determine whether you should receive pre-exposure vaccination before travel.

For more information, see country rabies status assessments .

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

Avoid contaminated water

Leptospirosis

How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil
  • Avoid floodwater

Clinical Guidance

Airborne & droplet.

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Bermuda, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the  Department of State Country Information Pages  for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Bermuda. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Bermuda include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Bermuda’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.

Riding/Driving

Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Bermuda may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Bermuda, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Traffic flows on the left side of the road in Bermuda.

  • Always pay close attention to the flow of traffic, especially when crossing the street.
  • LOOK RIGHT for approaching traffic.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Bermuda (U.K.) for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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7 Chilling Conspiracy Theories About the Bermuda Triangle

From the supernatural to the super-ridiculous, these tales involve wormholes, malfunctioning compasses, and even Atlantis.

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  • Theories behind the rash of tragedies run the gamut from supernatural causes, like aliens and time warps , to extreme weather events like waterspouts and rogue waves .
  • According to the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA , there is no evidence that ships or planes disappear more frequently in the Bermuda Triangle than they do anywhere else in the world.

Fourteen men in five torpedo bombers. Thirty-one passengers aboard a commercial flight . A U.S. naval ship carrying 306 men. All are victims of the so-called “Bermuda Triangle” (see sidebar), an area of the South Atlantic bounded by Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the island of Bermuda.

The first mention of the Bermuda Triangle—sometimes called the Devil’s Triangle—came in 1964, when a writer named Vincent Gaddis cataloged the many catastrophes that had taken place there since the late 1800s in a pulp magazine called Argosy . Ten years later, paranormal enthusiast Charles Berlitz released a best-selling book about it, aptly named The Bermuda Triangle , which went on to sell more than 14 million copies .

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Since then, the Bermuda Triangle has taken up permanent residence in our collective imagination , growing to become a term synonymous with mysterious disappearances and tragedies. Today, there are more conspiracy theories about the Bermuda Triangle than there are ships in the sea; here are seven of the most common.

It was Charles Berlitz himself who forwarded the idea that the lost city of Atlantis was somehow responsible for the shipwrecks and plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. Since then, others have piled on to this theory, arguing that technology developed by Atlanteans—including crystal energies —is still active on the seafloor , causing mechanical malfunctions in the boats and planes above. The biggest flaw in this theory, of course, is that Atlantis isn’t real.

Rogue Waves

A rogue wave is an unusually large and unpredictable swell of water, typically twice as tall as the waves around it. A few years ago, scientists at the University of Southampton in England claimed that the waters of the Bermuda Triangle were especially ripe for rogue waves due to storms moving in from all sides. Some of the waves , the researchers posited, could reach 100 feet in height. While the scientists’ work garnered a ton of attention, it couldn’t explain what would cause an airplane to crash in the Bermuda Triangle.

Magnetic Forces

The Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where a compass will point to true north instead of magnetic north. While true north is the fixed point where lines of longitude converge on a map, magnetic north is constantly shifting; it’s the point on Earth’s surface where its magnetic field points directly downward. The difference between the two is called “declination,” and all trained ship and airplane pilots know to account for it when charting their course.

So, the conspiracy theory that compass malfunctions are behind the Triangle’s grisly history is easily debunked. First of all, it assumes that many experienced pilots were simply unaware of magnetic declination. Second, it can’t explain the many, many boats and planes that pass through the area without incident.

Bermuda Triangle Tragedies

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No surprises here: where there are conspiracy theorists, there are usually UFOs. In this case , the story goes that aliens use the Bermuda Triangle as a portal to our planet. There, they gather the people and technology they need to conduct their research on our species. This theory explains why many of the ships and planes that go down in the Bermuda Triangle are never recovered.

Methane Bubbles

In 2016, a group of researchers from The Arctic University of Norway announced that they had discovered massive, half-mile craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway. The craters, they hypothesized, were caused by sudden explosions of deep, underwater deposits of methane .

Lots of conspiracy theorists glommed onto the idea, arguing the phenomenon might be responsible for shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle. However, just a few months later, the researchers themselves burst that bubble, as it were. “We are not making any links to the Bermuda Triangle,” they said in a 2016 statement published by the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate, a coalition of scientists that investigate Arctic marine geology.

Could the Bermuda Triangle be a portal to another space and time ? A pilot by the name of Bruce Gernon says it is. “I didn’t believe in time travel or teleportation until it happened to me,” Gernon says. The pilot alleges that a “fog surrounded my craft and I leaped ahead 100 miles.” Don’t believe it? Luckily, Gernon “documented what happened and memorized every detail of that flight,” publishing a book about his experience in 2017.

Waterspouts

According to NASA , waterspouts are spinning columns of moist air that form over warm water. Akin to a tornado in the ocean, waterspouts can feature wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Because the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is one of the most active areas in the world for this severe weather phenomenon, some have posited that they could be responsible for Bermuda Triangle disasters.

While unproven, this theory may be the closest to the truth, as the United States Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have both stated that any mishaps in the area were likely caused by bad weather and inexperienced navigators. At the same time, both agencies asserted that there’s nothing that special about the Bermuda Triangle at all:

“The ocean has always been a mysterious place to humans, and when foul weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place. This is true all over the world. There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean .”

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    Bermuda is reopening its airport to international travelers, including those from the U.S., on July 1 with new safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors. After managing coronavirus with fewer than 200 total cases during the global pandemic, Bermuda is ready to welcome back travelers from abroad. This is a developing story. For ...

  12. Bermuda Streamlines COVID Protocols for International Arrivals

    Bermuda Streamlines COVID Protocols for International Arrivals. Officials in Bermuda announced updated COVID-19 protocols designed to streamline the process for vaccinated travelers visiting the island. Starting on March 7, Bermuda's new guidelines will require all visitors to show proof of current vaccination status and a negative coronavirus ...

  13. Bermuda Revises COVID Travel Guidelines

    Bermuda has announced updated COVID-19 protocols. The new travel guidelines aim to streamline the process for vaccinated travelers visiting the island, by land or sea. Effective March 7, 2022, the revised guidelines will continue to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, while making it even more convenient for visitors.

  14. Bermuda Travel Safety Protocols: Before, During & After Your Visit

    14 minute read. "Bermuda has taken safety seriously since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has emerged as an extremely safe place for travelers to visit in 2020," said Glenn Jones, interim CEO for Bermuda Tourism Authority. The latest Bermuda travel advisory states Bermuda is open for travelers and tourists, but they need to practice ...

  15. Bermuda Updates Travel Guidelines for Safety

    Bermuda Updates Travel Guidelines to Ensure Safety & Convenience for Vaccinated Visitor. Friday, February 4, 2022. Today, Bermuda announced new travel guidelines that will streamline and enhance the overall process for visiting the island. Taking effect April 1, 2022, the revised guidelines have been created to guarantee that a vacation in ...

  16. Bermuda Eases Entry Requirements, COVID-19 Protocols

    Bermuda Eases Entry Requirements, COVID-19 Protocols. In aftermath of the Centers for Disease Control and Protection's relaxation of COVID protocols, unvaccinated travelers will be able to visit Bermuda, effective Aug. 22, 2022. Previously, unvaccinated travelers 12 and older were required to apply for a medical vaccination exemption in order ...

  17. Bermuda Updates Protocols, Eases Requirements for Visitors

    Bermuda updates protocols and eases requirements, including allowing unvaccinated travelers to visit the island from August 22, 2022. ... "Our updated travel protocols will streamline the ...

  18. Bermuda Travel Advisory

    Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed. Exercise normal precautions in Bermuda. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Bermuda.. If you decide to travel to Bermuda: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.; Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

  19. Bermuda (U.K.)

    The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee. Traffic flows on the left side of the road in Bermuda. Always pay close attention to the flow of traffic, especially when crossing the street. LOOK RIGHT for approaching traffic. Hide

  20. Bermuda Ready for Visitors With New COVID Travel Protocols

    Bermuda recently announced updated COVID-19 protocols, offering new travel guidelines to streamline the process for vaccinated travelers visiting the island by air. The revised guidelines, which ...

  21. 7 Chilling Conspiracy Theories About the Bermuda Triangle

    Magnetic Forces. The Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where a compass will point to true north instead of magnetic north. While true north is the fixed point where lines of longitude ...

  22. Bermuda to Provide COVID-19 Testing to Travelers

    "The prospect for travel is still difficult for many. Everyday we're working to make it a little easier." ... flying to Bermuda convenient access to an expedited COVID-19 screening service in line with the Government of Bermuda's health protocols. The service is designed to help visitors to Bermuda from the New York City area, as well ...

  23. Travel alerts

    Find international travel requirements, including any forms you might need to complete. See what travel documents you need for your destination, including visa, passport, and health info. Travel to and from certain airports might be impacted. View our Travel Alerts page for the most up-to-date information about your flight options.

  24. Bermuda Brochures, Maps and Visitor Guides

    Rent an electric vehicle, hail a taxi, or take a scenic ferry ride: there are plenty of ways to explore Bermuda safely and easily. View and download helpful travel planning resources like brochures, visitor guides, and maps of Bermuda.