Bermuda Duty Free Shopping & Allowances
You won't generally get duty free items off the shelf at any other shops in the main island.
For cruise ship passengers, there is limited Duty Free shopping available at the piers of Royal Naval Dockyard where the large cruise ships dock. Check out the section on Viewers' Reviews & Comments at the bottom of this page to know more specifics about the options available at the cruise ship ports.
You can however buy cartons of liquor bottles from a shop for direct delivery to the cruise ship at the time of your departure.
But, note that the cruise line may not hand-over the bottles to you till you reach your home port.
There are hardly any generous cruise lines that allow you to enjoy your own drink while on board, that too duty free. The only exceptions may be for a bottle of wine for which you generally need to pay a corkage charge to the cruise line.
Other exceptions include the NO contract ships who allow passengers to get liquor in cabins prior to disembarking especially those on World tours. The NCL lines weekly visitors have their liquor purchases delivered in their cabins usually on the last day prior to disembarking.
So how much of duty free allowances do you get to take goods back home? The answer really depends on your home country. Bermuda doesn't stop you from buying anything and in any quantity. In fact, you can take back whatever quantity you want, but will not get the duty free allowances or exemptions beyond a limit.
In Bermuda, other than liquor and tobacco, you will get many other duty free shopping items that includes antiques (over 100 years old), prints, maps, coins, stamps and such.
Here are the Bermuda duty free allowances or exemptions by country (for taking goods back home):
Duty free allowances for US visitors
US Customs and Border Protection has a pre-clearance facility at the Bermuda International Airport. Before departure, you will need to fill out written declaration forms in Bermuda before clearing US Customs and Border Protection. These forms are available at travel agencies and airlines in Bermuda.
US Citizens’ duty free allowance is $800 after 48 hours of stay in Bermuda. Additionally, you can send home gifts under $50 every 24 hours to people other than to yourself, duty free.
Check the website www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel for details and updates.
Duty free allowances for Canadian visitors
$50 after 24 hours of stay in Bermuda, $400 if you have stayed for over 48 hours and $750 after 7 days of stay in Bermuda. Check the website www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca for details and updates.
Duty free allowances for UK visitors
Bermuda is not a EU country. The limit for duty free allowances for British citizens is £290. Check the website www.hmrc.gov.uk for details and updates.
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