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 countries other than USA, UK and Canada 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 transit and return 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 for foreign nationals transiting through USA, UK or Canada 
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 
     
    Maribel Magnaye (August 2015) 
    Hi, I am Philippines citizen and having working permit here in Canada, I'm currently working here, and I have US visa. I just want to know if I am valid to get there for vacation? Thank you 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2015) 
    Yes, you can visit Bermuda, however note there are several conditions to be met like minimum 45 days validity of passport, return tickets, multiple entry US or Canada visa etc. 
     
    Marti-Mari (May 2015) 
    Dear Raj, There seems to be a lot of confusion in South Africa about visa's required to visit Bermuda from Visa application centres. Myself, my husband and our 10 month old are SA citizens and planning to visit friends in Canada and Bermuda in August. We all have valid passports and are applying for multi entry Canadian visas. If I understand correctly, we therefore don't need a UK visa to enter Bermuda. We have return tickets, valid passports and Multi visas. Please advise if my understanding is correct. Thank you very much. Kind regards. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015) 
    Hi, if you have multi entry Canada visa and flying into Bermuda directly from Canada, then you won't need any UK visa, provided you return to Canada. 
     
    IRC (May 2015) 
    Hi Raj, I'm going to Bermuda by cruise this summer and I have some questions. I'm a Chinese citizen and I'm studying in US now, my F1 student visa has expired already, but my student status (which allows me to legally stay in US) is good until 2017. In this case, I can travel to US adjacent islands (including Bermuda) for less than 30 days and re-entering US without renewing my US visa, because my visa will be automatically re-validated when I'm back to US. I have already consulted US Customs and Border Protection to make sure I can get back to US after this trip. My question is, do I need additional visa to enter Bermuda in this case? Or should I get a Canada or UK visa to go to Bermuda by cruise? Thanks a lot! 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015) 
    Hi, Bermuda Customs/Immigration personnel may not understand automatic revalidation law of US and you may get haggled. Either you should take a written authorization from the US customs about your re-entry permit to the US, or get a multi entry US transit visa. Canada or UK transit visa will not work if you make a round trip from the US. There is no requirement of any Bermuda entry visa. 
     
    Lauren de Beer (May 2015) 
    Hi there, I have an enquiry with regards to visas. I see on your site that South Africans no longer require visas to enter Bermuda. We have just received our travel documents from Royal Caribbean and they indicate that we might have to apply for a VISA waiver onboard the ship at a cost of USD 25 per person. Is this in fact true ? We have multiple entry visas for the USA valid for ten years. We are cruising next week. Thanks. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015) 
    Hi, nobody requires a separate tourist entry visa for Bermuda nowadays. Concept of visa waiver therefore does not exist. It used to be there once. You already have the multi entry visa for US which you require. So talk to the cruise line and figure out which visa waiver they are talking about. 
     
    Rupert Ward-Lewis (May 2015) 
    Hi there, i would really appreciate your advice please. I have been asked by an American couple to film their wedding in Bermuda on the 3rd October and i wondered if I need a work visa to do this? I am a UK citizen. many tanks for your help. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015) 
    Hi, According to the current work permit policy, a photographer or a journalist does not require an approval or work permit provided that, 1) work does not last for more than 7 days, 2) they are employed abroad by the private party or group, in this case the American couple, 3) the service does not get extended to Bermuda based clients, and 4) it's a one off case. So if your case satisfies all the above, you do not need a wok permit. 
     
    Mathew Tebbens (April 2015) 
    Hi Raj! My fiancé and I are planning to visit Bermuda this spring/summer. I am a U.S. Citizen, but my Fiancé is Indonesian. On your visa information page, Countries that required Bermuda visa prior to March 2014... Indonesia was not listed. Is she required to get a separate Bermuda visa along with a multiple re-entry transit visa? Thanks! 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2015) 
    Hi, Nobody requires a separate Bermuda visa these days. She will require a multi-entry transit visa, return tickets and a passport valid for a minimum of 45 days from the date of return from Bermuda. 
     
    Deborah Scott (March 2015) 
    My son (Canadian citizen) will be traveling to Bermuda in April for one week - has a return ticket. His passport expires in May. Are we required to renew his passport prior to his trip or is it acceptable for him to travel to Bermuda with his current passport, which expires in May? Thank you in advance for your help! 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, March 2015) 
    Present Bermuda visa policy doesn't require any minimum passport validity period for citizens of Canada, UK and US. So he is okay to travel. 
     
    Babajide George Sangosanya (February 2015) 
    Hello Sir, I am a Nigerian living and working in South Africa at the moment holding a Nigerian passport, am willing to come to Bermuda as a tourist in months to come. Pls I will love to ask if I will be needing a separate Bermuda visa with a UK transit visa as well before am allowed to come into Bermuda? Or I apply for only transit visa. Please I will like you to get back to me with the new visa  update.Best regards, Yours Faithfully 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, February 2015) 
    Hi, you need to have a multi-entry UK transit visa, and a passport which should be valid for at least 45 days beyond your intended departure from Bermuda, and of course return tickets. There is no separate entry visa required for Bermuda. You can apply for UK transit visa at the nearest British Embassy or their agents. 
     
    Robert Steiner (February 2015) 
    Hi Raj, I am a US Citizen and we currently have a French Au Pair living with us - she has a valid student visa to work/live in the US for one year (and can be extended for an additional year). We have plane tickets booked for 
    Bermuda in April, so my question is, does she need a visa to enter Bermuda, or will her French passport suffice? Thank You! 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, February 2015) 
    Hi, visitors no longer require any separate entry visa for Bermuda. Assuming she has multiple entry US visa and a passport valid for at least 45 days from the date of intended departure from Bermuda, that should be good. 
     
    Prince Elerius (February 2015) 
    First and foremost, I have to thank you for creating such a good communication forum to answer questions about visits to Bermuda. A friend from Haiti wanted to pay visit to an expatriate friend working and living in Bermuda with three years full time work permit, what is it that she should do in order to enter Bermuda as Haitian? The visit will be only for two weeks. 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, February 2015) 
    Like any other tourist, she should get a multi re-entry transit visa for the US (assuming she is coming through US), have return air tickets and ensure that her passport is valid for a minimum of 45 days from the date of her departure from Bermuda. 
     
    Clement Der (January 2015) 
    Hello, I am a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport. I am traveling to Bermuda in March 2015. My passport expires in August 2015. Would I have problems entering Bermuda? Should I renew my passport before I visit? Thank you for your help. It is greatly appreciated. sincerely, 
     
    Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2015) 
    Hi, No need to renew your passport as long as it remains valid until you return. A minimum validity of 45 days from date of travel applies to countries other than Canada, UK and US. 
     

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