Vacationers looking to hit the pink sandy beaches and beautiful coastline of Bermuda will be happy to hear that the small island is looking to loosen COVID-19 entry rules this coming spring.
Bermuda, the quaint picturesque island off the east coast of the United States has had some of the strictest entry rules since the beginning of the pandemic. When Bermuda opened their doors back to travelers in the summer of 2020, tourists were forced to undergo a variety of different protocols that are still presently being enforced.
Bermuda’s Entry Rules
Currently, any visitors over the age of 18 MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to the flight, vaccinated travelers are also required to receive a PCR test (within 4 days of travel) or an antigen test (within 3 days of travel) to Bermuda. Once arriving at the airport, these travelers are then required to receive ANOTHER PCR test and must quarantine for roughly 24 hours until their results come in. After a negative test result, travelers are free to roam the island, but must take an antigen test after 4 days of their arrival. These tests are all included in the $75 cost of the Travel Authorization that must be filled out 1-3 days prior to arriving in Bermuda. When applying for this authorization, travelers will be asked to upload vaccine information as well as test results.
Unvaccinated travelers face similar pre-travel requirements, but much harsher regulations once they arrive. These travelers are required to test prior to boarding their flight to Bermuda, get a PCR test upon landing, quarantine for ten days, and finally take a day 10 antigen test with a negative result. All travelers over 10 years old will be fitted with a red wristband upon arrival. The wristbands must be worn until a traveler’s negative test result is received on day 10.
But this week, Bermuda made a huge announcement. Beginning March 5th visitors will still need to complete the Travelers Authorization with their information 24-48 hours prior to arrival. They will also have to show proof of current vaccination status and a negative COVID-19 test result (antigen AND PCR test are allowed) within two days before arriving on the island. However, NO OTHER TESTING IS REQUIRED or a QUARANTINE. Bermuda defines fully vaccinated as someone who has received a second dose within six months OR three doses of the vaccine.
This is huge news to travelers, as the summer vacation season will continue to ramp up in the near future. Bermuda Tourism Authority chief executive Charles Jeffers said, “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… our hotels and local businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known.”
Passengers looking to hit the beaches of this breathtaking island can fly directly to Bermuda’s L. F. Wade International Airport from Charlotte Douglas, Miami, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. More flights will be added this coming spring and summer from Philadelphia, Newark Liberty, and Boston Logan International Airport. Delta, United, JetBlue, and American will all serve Bermuda from the United States.
Canadians can catch a non-stop flight out of Toronto Pearson Airport on either WestJet or Air Canada.
Europeans have the option to fly direct four times a week on British Airways from London’s Heathrow Airport.
As spring approaches Bermuda’s average temperatures will be in the mid to low 70s, which could be very appealing for travelers looking to escape the chilly winter weather.
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