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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
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.
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.
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: email@example.com; Phone: (441)295-5151, Ext. 1444
Personal Services, Visas, Status
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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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