Passport & Visa Requirements for Bermuda Travel

 
Passport for Bermuda Visit 
These days citizens of all countries must carry valid passport for entry into Bermuda. This is irrespective of cruise or air travel. Earlier photo ID cards were accepted as an alternative to passport from nationals of some counties like the US, but no longer so. 
 
Return or Onward Air Tickets 
If you are traveling to Bermuda by air, you must carry a return ticket if you are returning to the same place you came from. If you are making an onward travel to some other country, you must show an onward ticket. You won't be allowed entry into Bermuda if you land up with a one way ticket to Bermuda. Tickets can be e-tickets or itinerary issued by the airline having Booking Reference Number and clearly showing your next destination and departure date & time. If you are making an onward travel to another country, you should also have a valid visa for that country if your nationality so requires. Failing any of the above, you won't be allowed entry into Bermuda. 
 
Bermuda Entry Visa - No longer required 
Effective March 1, 2014, Bermuda Department of Immigration has made a change in visa requirements. Earlier all Visa Controlled Nationals including tourists, business visitors and work permit holders required to get a separate Bermuda Entry Visa from British Embassies in their respective countries. This requirement of separate Bermuda entry visa has been now abolished for all countries, for both cruise as well as air travel to Bermuda. 
 
But there are other requirements to be met depending on your nationality. So read the following section carefully: 
 
 
 
If you are a national of USA, UK or Canada, you do not require any kind of visa to enter Bermuda irrespective of whether you are a tourist, business visitor or a work permit holder going on a job. You are all set to go once you have a valid passport and return tickets (note that U.S. passport cards are not acceptable in air travel). 
 
However nationals of all other countries will require a multiple entry transit visa for USA, UK or Canada (as applicable depending on one's route). This is because such nationals will need to finally return to their home country through US, UK or Canada. This visa is known as Multi Re-Entry Visa (MRV) which ensures that a visitor is able to leave Bermuda, and return to his/her own country via US, UK or Canada (as the case may be). 
 
So nationals who require and have valid MRV (Multi Re-Entry Visa for US, UK or Canada) can now visit Bermuda without requiring any separate visa for Bermuda or visa waiver. So tourists, persons on business and work permit holders from such countries (including who were earlier Visa Controlled Nationals) now do not need a separate entry visa for Bermuda. However the following conditions must be met by them: 
 
1) One must show the MRV on arrival in Bermuda which must be valid for minimum 45 days beyond the date of departure or expiry of work permit (as applicable); 
 
2) Passport should be valid for minimum 45 days from the date of departure from Bermuda or expiry of work permit (as the case may be). Note that this requirement of minimum 45 days passport validity applies only for nationals requiring and holding MRV. For others (i.e. nationals of US, UK and Canada) one only needs to have a passport valid till the return journey is completed; 
 
3) The traveler must have valid return or onward tickets. 
 
Clarification - Air travel through US or UK to Bermuda 
Update June 2014: Several visitors have asked me if a multi re-entry transit visa for US or UK is still required if a foreign national (other than of US, UK or Canada) is flying through New York or Gatwick, and boarding a connecting flight to Bermuda without stepping into the US or UK soil, and then returns home the same way. The answer is... Yes it is still required. I had asked the following question to the Chief Immigration Officer of Bermuda Dr. Danette Ming to clarify the matter... 
 
Q. "If a foreign national from a country (say Dubai) flies directly to Gatwick (London) and takes a connecting flight from Gatwick to Bermuda, and returns to Dubai by the same route, will he still require a Multi Re-entry Transit visa for UK to enter Bermuda? It's a case of onward and through journey to Bermuda without visiting UK and same way back. A similar such case can be when one flies to Bermuda through New York without visiting US. 
 
A. "What is the person's nationality?" 
 
Q. "One is an Egyptian and the other is a national of Philippine." 
 
A. "Multi re-entry visas are still required." 
 
Persons with Permanent Residency (PR) card in US, UK or Canada 
If you are a foreigner residing in US, UK or Canada and have a PR card, then while entering Bermuda as a tourist, you must provide the valid PR card, a valid passport (both must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond your intended stay in Bermuda) together with evidence of return ticketing. Bermuda Entry Visas are not a requirement. 
 
 
 
Expatriates, Spouses and Dependants 
If a dependant or a non-Bermudian spouse of a Bermudian is arriving in Bermuda to take up residence, then the 45 days validity of MRV is not required. Because his/her stay in the island is considered permanent in nature. 
 
At the time of renewal of work permits for expatriates already working in Bermuda, the MRV (if applicable) must be valid through the period for which the renewal is requested. Otherwise the new work permit will not be issued by Department of Immigration. 
 
Some more important points to note 
  • Before you can enter Bermuda, you need to fill up a couple of forms -  
  • 1) Immigration form where you need to mention the country you are coming from, next destination, address in Bermuda, passport details etc, and 
    2) Customs form where you need to declared items you are bringing in, particularly the ones which are not allowed or dutiable. Go through Bermuda Custom Duty to know about what and how much you can bring. 
     
  • Bermuda these days insist on passport including for children of all ages. Also a passport is more useful in case you need help from your embassy or consulate. Additionally, if you choose to travel elsewhere from Bermuda or decide to stay for a longer period of time, a passport becomes a necessity. 
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  • If you are a permanent resident of US and do not hold US Passport, you will need to show proof of right of abode in the US on arrival. Acceptable documents as proof includes: 
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    1) Permanent Residence Card, or 
    2) Original certificate of U.S. naturalization, or  
    3) Original certificate of U.S. citizenship.  
    Additionally a government issued photo ID is required for ages above 16. 
     
  • If you are a permanent resident of UK and do not hold UK Passport, then you need to show proof that no limit has been placed on your stay in the UK. 
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  • If you are a permanent resident of Canada and do not hold Canadian Passport, then you will need to show proof of right of abode in Canada (i.e. the Permanent Resident Card) on arrival. 
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  • Married women who are traveling under their married name but whose identification is under their maiden name should also carry their marriage certificate or a certified copy. 
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  • Since January 23, 2007 all persons including US citizens travelling by air between the USA and a place such as Canada, Central/South America, the Caribbean or Bermuda are required to present a valid passport when entering or re-entering USA. Passport Cards are not accepted for air travel. 
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    Contact Info for further Information 
    Bermuda Department of Immigration 
    Government Administration Building, 30 Parliament Street, Hamilton HM12 
    Immigration Hotline: (441) 296-5202 
    Immigration Office Hours: 8:30am to 5pm. 
     
    Chief Immigration Officer 
    Dr. Danette Ming 
    Email: dwming@gov.bm; Phone: (441)295-5151, Ext. 1444 
     
    Personal Services, Visas, Status 
    Marita Grimes 
    Email: magrimes@gov.bm; Phone:  441-295-5151 Ext 1393 
     
    Countries that required Bermuda visa prior to March 2014 
    The nationals of following countries once required separate Bermuda Entry Visa until end of February 2014 when the new immigration act came into effect (however visa exemptions already came into effect for some countries like India, Russia and China by May 2012): 
     
    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China (People’s Republic of), Columbia, Congo (Brazaville), Congo (Kinsasha), Croatia, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus (northern part), Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea (Republic of), Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Malawi, Moldova (Republic of), Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authorities, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia (Republic of), Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Soviet Union (former), Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkish Rep of N Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia (former Soc. Fed. Rep. of), Zimbabwe. 
     
    NOTE: Immigration laws & regulations are subject to change. While the information above is correct at the time of writing this page, you may check the website of Bermuda Department of Immigration for all current updates. 
     
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    Viewer's Reviews & Comments 
     
    Michelle Matthews (December 2014) 
    I am a Jamaican national with a multiple entry US visa. Do I still need a Bermuda visa to enter Bermuda? 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, December 2014) 
    Nope. You don't need any Bermuda visa to enter Bermuda as a tourist. Your passport must be valid for at least 45 days from your intended departure from Bermuda and you should produce a return ticket. 
     
    Belferroum Ibrahim (December 2014) 
    I'm an Algerian and I live in Algeria, I have a job contract with a marine company in Bermuda, but i don't know which visas I must ask and where, the company said that I need an MRV visa but I don't understand what's MRV and where I can ask for it and which documents I need. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, December 2014) 
    Hi, MRV stands for Multi Re-entry Visa which is actually a multiple entry transit visa for US, UK, or Canada through which you will reach Bermuda. So you need to apply for such visa at the Embassy/ consulate office of the respective country. 
     
    Rana Datta (October 2014) 
    Hi Raj, I'm an Indian citizen but living and working in Toronto at this point...my work permit ends on 28th Feb 2016. Please note that, I'm not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada yet. My passport is due for renewal in March 2017. I do have multiple entry US visa as well (which expires on 2021). Do I need a visa to enter Bermuda if I travel by air or my multiple entry US Business visa and Canadian work permit would allow me to get in. Thanks 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, October 2014) 
    Hi, as long as you have a valid passport (minimum validity period of 45 days from the intended date of departure from Bermuda) and your visa allows you to return to your port of origin, it should be fine. 
     
    Chandrakant A Naik (September 2014) 
    Dear Sir, I am an Indian citizen having UK visa ( C-type, Business) issued on 05/05/14 up to 05/11/2014 for 180 days. I intend to visit Bermuda from 26/10/2014 to 28/10/2014. Please advise whether above mentioned visa can be used for my subject tour. thanks in advance for your kind help. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2014) 
    Your passport and multiple entry UK visa must be valid for at least 45 days from the date of departure from Bermuda. Your visa does not satisfy this condition and therefore you won't be allowed entry into Bermuda with this visa. 
     
    Rhandy Boucicuat (August 2014) 
    I am planning on going on a cruise departing from New York, US and I wanted to know if I needed a Bermuda visa. I have my US Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) and I have a Haitian Passort (Haiti). 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2014) 
    Your PRC should be fine to visit Bermuda. All Bermuda Immigration cares for is whether you can go back to the US or the country you are coming from. Check with Bermuda Immigration for official confirmation. 
     
    S Martin (June 2014) 
    Hi, I am a US citizen, but my husband is only a permanent resident of the United States. He holds a Lebanese passport, as he is a Lebanese citizen. We live in Boston, Massachusetts, in the U.S. and we want to go on a cruise from the U.S to Bermuda and back (7 days). Does he need a Visa or just his green/resident card and government I.D./Driver's License. Thanks 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2014) 
    Hi, As per the recent guidelines from Bermuda Immigration, nobody requires separate visa for Bermuda as long as one has multiple entry visa for US, UK or Canada. So if your husband has a permanent resident card of US, that is equivalent to multiple entry US visa, and won't require any visa for Bermuda.  
     
    Patricia Bobbwilliams (June 2014) 
    Hi I am planing to take my mom to a six days cruise to Bermuda she have a permanent resident card from the united state, does she need a visa for the cruise? 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2014) 
    No, she doesn't need a separate visa for Bermuda. 
     
    Vijay (June 2014) 
    Raj, I am an Indian citizen living in USA on H1B & my wife is on H4. We are planning cruise to Bermuda and just want to check if we both need Bermuda tourist visa . 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2014) 
    As long as you have a valid multi entry US visa, that should be enough. There is no need for separate Bermuda entry visa. 
     
    Dian Sari (June 2014) 
    Hi Raj, I am Indonesian citizen/passport holder living in Indonesia. I plan to visit Bermuda, I am trying to get information about Visa entry, and how to reach Bermuda from Jakarta, Indonesia. Totally blank. 
    1. Where to apply Visa Bermuda? British Embassy or USA Embassy? I don't want to visit to those countries only transit may be. Is all the requirements of Visa Bermuda depend on USA Visa (which I hate so much and so unclear of rejection reason - Traumatic!)? I heard it is only Multiple Re-Entry Visa of USA just because the Flight transit USA. 
    2. I don't find Indonesia in the list of Visa Controlled Nationality? what does it mean? Sorry for so naive questions. Thank you for explanation. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2014) 
    Hi Dian, There is no longer any visa controlled nation for Bermuda. All you need is a multiple entry transit visa for USA or UK. That you should get easily because it's a transit visa. Bermuda itself does not require any entry visa once you show the transit visa for USA/UK and a valid passport on arrival. 
     
    Winnie (June 2014) 
    Is a visa needed for taking a cruise to Bermuda from NY? The person is a Chinese Passport holder and have a multi re entry visa into USA. Thank you 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2014) 
    Not required. 
     
    Russell Fariñas (March 2014) 
    Hi Raj, my boyfriend is inviting me to Bermuda for a short vacation. I just got back from the states and stayed there for 5months. I have a multiple entry to the US for 10years. I wont be able to go back soon though to the US until 5months. So we decided to meet somewhere and he thought Bermuda would be a nice place for us to meet. How and what are the requirements of a Filipino Citizen who would want to travel to Bermuda? Thanks, your help would be highly appreciated. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, March 2014) 
    Hi, If you pass through US, you won't need anything else other than your passport because you already have multiple entry US visa. If you pass through UK, then you will need multiple entry transit UK visa as well. Effective March 1st 2014, there is no separate Bermuda Entry Visa required for anybody  
     

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