Traveling to Bermuda During a Pandemic

2020 has been… well a year we would’ve never imagined. With a worldwide Pandemic since March, a lot of travel plans have been put on hold. Lately, It seems like people are slowly getting back into air travel and I’m here to help you do so. It’s all about being smart, safe and doing your research!

In this post, I will be sharing everything you need to know about traveling to Bermuda from the United States during a Pandemic.

First things first, I’m going to repeat, do your research! Travel advisories change everyday and it’s important that you stay informed. Every country and state have different protocols that you have to follow in order to be able to enter.

Bermuda, so far seems to be one of the most strict policies I’ve seen. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In my opinion they want to keep everyone as safe as possible as tourism resumes.

Make sure you check Bermuda’s Government website for the latest travel requirements: https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus

Things you’ll need before you go:
  • A negative PCR Covid test, taken no more than 7 days before departure but preferably 72 hours before. 
  • This is VERY important: be sure you will receive your results in time! (I did the self test at CVS drive-thru and received results within 2 days. This will vary, so check with your local CVS)
  • They do not accept Antigen Rapid tests, only PCR!
  • You must fill out a Travel Authorization form prior to departure, at least 24 hours before to be APPROVED before departure. Don’t wait less than 24 hours, your arrival date won’t show up!
  • The Travel Authorization form costs $75 and covers all testing while in Bermuda.
  • They require you to PRINT and sign 2 copies of your Authorization Form as well as a copy of your negative test. 
  • You will have to be tested at the airport upon arrival and quarantine in your accommodation until you receive the results.
  • You will also have to get tested EVERY 4 days that you are in Bermuda. The day you get tested is considered day 0.
  • If you test positive you MUST quarantine for 14 days there. Wherever you’re staying should accommodate your stay at no additional fee.
  • You have to record your temperature 2x a day so bring a thermometer. Good to have one anyways. (They didn’t really follow up on this. I think it was more of a self-monitoring precaution)

Once you arrive to the airport, you will be given a temperature screening, they will check your paperwork, give you a schedule for your next test, then you wait in line to be tested. They move fairly quick, so no more than an hour or so in total before you are out of the airport. 

The nurse at the airport told me that the COVID test results would arrive within 12-24 hours by email. Speaking from my personal experience, I arrived in Bermuda at 11-11:30am and got tested around 12noon. Results took about 7-7.5 hours. I basically lost a day at the beach. While quarantined, the hotel (Grotto Bay Beach Resort) had lunch and dinner delivered to us. Someone did check that we were quarantined upon arrival, but no one else after that. Although, they did call the room to take our dinner orders.

Our quarantine/welcome gift from Grotto Bay Beach Resort!

For your next test, you will follow the info that was given to you at the airport. The next time I was tested was my 5th day there but considered day 4 testing-wise. The testing site was a tent in a parking lot. Only a few minutes away from my hotel, so not that inconvenient. There was a pretty long line, so in total this took about 45 minutes. This will vary though. The actual swab test only takes 10 second! I got these test results in 5 hours, but I was not required to quarantine again.

Things to know while in Bermuda:
  • You will be fined if you do not follow the testing / quarantine requirements. This is in the travel authorization form you sign prior to arrival.
  • Bermuda’s government requires taxi drivers, bars / restaurants to ask you for your info (name/contact) and where you are staying as part of their track and trace program. So don’t find it weird when this happens.
  • The tests are all nasal swabs, so be mentally prepared for that. All the nurses I encountered were very sweet and careful. They put you at ease!
  • You are required to wear a mask most of the time, but not while relaxing by the pool or at the beach.
  • You’ll be required to use hand sanitizer at a ton of bars / restaurants and upon entering public transportation as precautionary measures.

Overall, I didn’t mind all the precautions taken by the government of Bermuda. It made me feel a little more at ease knowing that everyone was being monitored and tested upon arrival / throughout their stay. The cleanliness and use of hand sanitizer was very persistent, again putting me at ease. 

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If you have any questions about travel to Bermuda, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

Also, check out my instagram highlights for more on my trip to Bermuda! 

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For more photos/videos from my trip, visit my Instagram page!

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@wanderlissa_

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 *All photos are mine, unless otherwise stated

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