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Bermuda is Open for Tourism and Easing Local Restrictions from May 9

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Bermuda is Open for Tourism and Easing Local Restrictions from May 9

Bermuda is open for tourism since last year with strict entry restrictions. All Non-residents must bring a negative COVID-19 test and take another one on arrival. Visitors must quarantine for around 24 hours until their results come back. 

All arrivals from the United Kingdom or travelers who have been in the UK over the last 14 days must bring a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a mandatory 4-day quarantine. They will be released from quarantine after receiving a negative result after day 4. 

Effective this week, flights from Brazil, India or South Africa won’t be allowed to land in Bermuda. Visitors who have been to these countries within the previous 14 days will be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days.

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Bermuda reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

April 28 – Bermuda to ease internal restrictions from May 9.

In an attempt to reduce local transmission of the virus, Bermuda has been imposing multiple island-wide restrictions that are supposed to end on May 9. As of yet, hotels are open for tourists and those have access to hotel facilities as well as beaches, golf courses and other amenities as long as they stay with the members of their same household. 

However, on April 25, Premier Burt said on national T.V. that if everything goes as expected, the phase 2 of the reopening could start on May 9. This means the end of restrictions on household mixing, the reopening of tourist venues, churches, gyms, outdoor dining and some personal care services. 

“Due to our desire to eliminate local transmission, there will be continued restrictions on activities, gathering sizes and a curfew will remain in place during this time.” 

The nationwide curfew currently goes from 8 pm – 6 am.

April 8

Last night, Bermuda’s Prime Minister David Burt stated its Cabinet will review possible financial incentives and potential privileges to citizens who want to take a COVID-19 vaccine. “This is not something we are going into quickly. We’re going to assess this.” Said Burt.

So far, the country has administered 41,152 doses, meaning 27% of the population is fully vaccinated and 37% has received at least one dose. 

Also last night, the country received 9,600 doses from the Covax mechanism and another 100 from Public Health England.

As of yet, the country will continue to apply strict measures to contain the virus and students will keep attending online classes from Monday until at least April 23.

Vaccination progress in Bermuda

March 22

As of today, all visitors to Bermuda must wear a “traveler wristband” for at least the first 14 days of their stay. Visitors who try to remove the wristband before it is allowed will face a USD $500 fine and will be placed in quarantine at home wearing an additional electronic monitoring bracelet. 

The bracelet pairs with a phone app. If a visitor does not want to download the app to their phones they will also need to buy a phone at the airport. The cost of the bracelet is USD $300.

Do visitors need to quarantine in Bermuda?

Not for long. Visitors who bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test results will be asked to take a second test at the airport and take a private transportation to their hotels where they will self-isolate until the results are available (24 hours). 

After this process, they may resume their trips. People who fail to self-isolate for this short period could get a USD 25.000 fine and even go to jail.

Residents without pre-travel PCR COVID-19 test results need to self-isolate at their home for 8 days after which they will be tested for COVID-19 and allowed to carry on with their lives if the result is negative.

For more information on official requirements check this link.

Bermuda reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Travelers’ form

All travelers need to complete a Visitor Travel Authorization form up to 3 days before departing. Travelers will be asked to submit their PCR COVID-19 test results, and need to pay a fee (USD 75 for travelers over 10 years old, USD 30 for travelers 9 and under). 

It’s very important that visitors keep a physical or digital copy of their VTA to show to airport authorities on arrival.

What activities are allowed in Bermudas’ “New Normal” plan? 

  • Eating or drinking indoors. Restaurants and bars are open to the public.
  • Watch a movie, go to a play, or visit a museum.  
  • Fitness and wellness centers are open. 
  • Beauty parlors, barber shops and nail salons are open as well.
  • Outdoor activities and sports are allowed.
  • Parks, public pools and beaches are open.
  • Recreational boating is allowed with a few extra precautions (checking for temperature and other symptoms)
  • Religious ceremonies are allowed but the venue must be pre-approved by the government.
  • Public or private events of 75 people or more need a special permit.

Businesses and customers must follow biosafety measures at all times. Masks are mandatory indoors and social distancing is highly encouraged at all times.

COVID-19 situation In Bermuda 

The country has confirmed 2,362 total positive cases and 24 deaths. One of the lowest death tolls in the world.

At a press conference Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the island’s active cases stood at 670, with 21 people in hospital, 6 of them in intensive Care Units.

Tourism in Bermuda

This beautiful and small island has been part of the bucket list of high spenders and celebrities for several years now. 

The super yachts, The beaches, the golf fields, luxurious hotels and resorts and its international cuisine are just a few of the reasons why so many want to escape the cold European winters there. 

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