In a long-awaited move, the island of Bermuda finally dropped all COVID-related travel restrictions, returning to normal tourism.
Effective November 14, 2022, visitors to the island will no longer need to apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorisation, according to an announcement from the government.
Previously, all travelers were required to apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorisation no later than 24 hours before departure. The application came with a $40 fee and required all travelers to upload either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for unvaccinated travelers.
Unvaccinated travelers were also required to demonstrate proof of medical insurance covering COVID.
However, as of next week, all of these requirements will be dropped, making it easier to travel to Bermuda once again.
What Does This Mean For Travelers?
As of November 14, 2022, travelers will no longer be required to apply for the Bermuda Travel Authorisation.
This removes all entry restrictions and means that visitors to Bermuda will no longer need proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, or medical insurance covering COVID to enter the country.
Travelers will still need to complete the online application for the Bermuda Arrival Card, which is a requirement that was in place prior to the pandemic. However, there is no application fee for this form and it only takes a few minutes to complete.
Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory known for its pink-sand beaches and great snorkeling and scuba diving, is one of the latest destinations to drop all entry requirements and return to normal tourism.
This island, which is a popular port of call on cruises, took a surprisingly long time to fully reopen.
While the United Kingdom was one of the first countries in Europe to drop mask mandates and removed all entry requirements back in March, its territory Bermuda did not even allow unvaccinated visitors until August.
Now, Bermuda has finally caught up, joining the 120+ countries around the world that have dropped all travel restrictions and entry requirements.
Why Visit Bermuda
Bermuda is an incredible island destination that is the perfect getaway from the East Coast of the United States or Canada.
Although Bermuda is not in the Caribbean (it’s located in the Atlantic Ocean 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina), this British Overseas Territory enjoys amazing weather and is known for its extremely beautiful beaches, with pink sand and clear blue water.
The best time to visit Bermuda is May through October for the warmest weather. The island does get a little chillier during the winter months, with daytime highs averaging 70° F (21° C) and lows around 60° F (15.5° C.)
Some of the best beaches in Bermuda are Horshoe Bay and Elbow Beach. And of course, you can’t leave the island without trying a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, the local signature drink.
Nonstop Flights To Bermuda
Bermuda is an easy getaway from the East Coast of the United States and Canada. With a flight time of under three hours from many cities, it’s a convenient destination when you’re looking for a beach getaway.
With many nonstop flights, here are the best prices for one-week round-trip flights departing within the next six months, according to Google Flights:
- New York (2 hours 28 minutes): $350 on Delta and American Airlines
- Toronto (3 hours 12 minutes): $330 on WestJet
- Philadelphia (2 hours 19 minutes): $400 on American Airlines
- Atlanta (2 hours 46 minutes): $490 on Delta
- Charlotte (3 hours) $700 on American Airlines
- Miami (2 hours 20 minutes) $550 on American Airlines
- Boston (2 hours 20 minutes) $640 on JetBlue
- London UK (7 hours 40 minutes) $750 on British Airways
With affordable fares and short flight times from many destinations on the East Coast, Bermuda is the perfect island getaway not too far from home.
Bermuda also launched a digital nomad visa aimed at remote workers and self-employed people two years ago, which is even more attractive now that strict entry requirements and restrictions on the island have been dropped.
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