Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Chitrajit Ghosh (April 2016)
Hi Raj, My office will be at Hamilton. Can you please suggest where to stay so that my transport time is less while commuting to office and back to my residence. I will be alone over there. The scooter rent is also quite high what I see. I hope I will get a rent within $1500 near Hamilton.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2016
Hamilton is the costliest place in the island. It'll be nearly impossible to find an accommodation there at that rate. You can either try in northern Pembroke (near north road) and walk for about 15-20 minutes to the center, or stay at Paget and commute by ferry. Buy a monthly transport pass which works for both ferry and buses.
Kelvin (April 2016)
My wife is a Canadian CA CPA, is contacting with a Bermuda based accounting firm and seems will get the job offer. So working permit should not be an issue for her. I am a business owner and own few businesses in Canada, Can I open restaurant or grocery store when I come with her to Bermuda? Can I buy some local businesses for sale and run by myself? I searched on internet and found some B&B for sale, am I allow to buy some commercial property? thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2016
A short answer to your question is - no you can not own a local business in Bermuda as a foreign national. There could be exceptions where it is done through partnership with a Bermudian who owns majority of the business.
Andrei Steau (March 2016)
Hey Raj, I am curios about your opinion regarding the offer that I got. I should start working there and bring my wife with me but I am concerned about the salary wont be enough. We Should be around 75 K, what is your opinion? thank you!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2016
Hi, as long as you do not expect to save and eat out much, you can manage.
Maria (February 2016)
Hi Raj, I'm an American, born and raised. I met a Bermudian while visiting and we fell in love.... We want to get married and I am willing to move there. However I have an 11 year old daughter and a dog. I'm thinking of moving there in August of this year. I think if we're married by then we should be okay. What if we are just engaged? Would I still be able to move there? I'm concerned about schooling for my daughter and bringing our dog with us as well.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2016
Hi, while Bermudians married to foreign nationals can always bring their spouses and children to the island, since 2015 a change in immigration policy has extended this benefit to partners as well who are foreign nationals. However this is subject to certain verification (like the relationship is subsisting etc). Being engaged by then would certainly held in providing such evidence. Your daughter would be eligible for any school a Bermudian child is. You can also bring your dog. Go through the link Bringing Pets to Bermuda to know what needs to be done for this.
Aliyah Smith (January 2016)
I am a Bermudian by birth and my father and family lives in Bermuda, but I live in the US. If i marry my American boyfriend and move to Bermuda would his grandmother be able to live with us? She has always been with him and our plan was to move to Bermuda to raise a family and she would like to continue to live with him. Could that be possible?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) January 2016
In a normal case, none other than direct family (i.e. spouse and children) can live in Bermuda with an expat. So his grandmother can not live with him, but can visit as a tourist, stay for 3 months at a time (or longer by applying for extensions). However he may write to Bermuda Department of Immigration for special consideration by citing reasons such as old age, unavoidable dependability etc.
Adam (November 2015)
Hi Raj, I'm looking to purchase a used 50 CC scooter for my stay here in Bermuda (approx. 4 months on a work permit). Do I need to get a license to ride the scooter? Some people say a 50 CC requires no license, some say no license is required only if it's a rental, while others say all motor vehicles require one....
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) November 2015
Hi, if you plan to own a vehicle in Bermuda (scooter, motor cycle or car of any class), you need a local license. And a driving license is issued only if one stays for a minimum period of 30 days. You need to schedule a computerized theory test at Transport Control Department (TCD, located at North street in Hamilton), then apply for a learners permit, and then take a driving test. In case of scooters/motor cycles, the driving test is done at TCD testing grounds. Driving license is issued for 10 years (fees: $110.40, free for seniors). You will need a doctor's certificate while applying for the driver's license. There are other documents required as well like your passport, work permit etc. Suggest you visit TCD on arrival to know the entire process.
Simone (November 2015)
Hello Raj! My name is Simone and I am a registered nurse front Italy who's going to move to Bermuda during the next year. I visited twice the island, thanks to a good friend of mine who's Bermudian, and now me and my girlfriend decided to try to live there for a part of our lives. I know what I need to do to enroll in the Bermuda nursing council so I can work there as a RN. Then I can apply for a job but everyone told me that's going to be really easy because the high demand of them. My girlfriend (she's Finnish) who's graduated in business in Helsinki will apply for any job open to foreigners and hopefully she can find a work permit as well. My situation is that I have a dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback 1 year old, and I have to bring him with me to the island. My question is, how hard could it be to carry him with me? I can't bring him on public transportation so I might need to get a car there (also for my personal life). So how can I get a Bermudian license car? I have my Italian license car but if I understood right I won't be valid there. Thank you so much for your advises and congrats for the web site! It is the best one!! Best regards
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) November 2015
Hi, you can't rent a car in Bermuda and it's not easy to find a taxi driver who would allow a dog in his car. So either you should engage an international pet transfer agency, or ask your friend in Bermuda to help with a car to carry your dog when you arrive in Bermuda, or contact a few local transporters to find one who would agree to transport the dog. Once in the island, you will need to pass a theory test and then take a driving test to get your Bermuda driving license. Your country's driving license is of no use here. After you get a license, you can buy a car (new or used), however the house or apartment where you put up, can only have one car per household as per law.
Aman Darred (September 2015)
Hi Raj, Just wanted to say thank you for putting together such a valuable resource for visitors to Bermuda. I moved here for work a few months ago and I continue to visit your website for more information. Thank you!
Andy (August 2015)
Hi, If I visit Bermuda for 90 days, how long do I have to leave for before coming back to Bermuda for another 90 days? How many times a year could this be done, realistically? My partner also from the UK like me, has a work permit as a teacher. She has been in Bermuda for 1 year. I have no intention of working (as I wouldn't have a work permit!) etc. I just want to be with my partner as much as possible. I am currently living in the UK and I'm British (if this makes any difference). Thank you
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2015
Hi, since you want to stay in Bermuda with your partner, here are couple of options you may consider:
1) Your partner can apply for "Permission for a Partner to reside on an Annual Basis". This option is part of Bermuda Immigration Application form which a work permit holder has to fill up. One does not need to be married to make this application. There is a separate fee though. The permission is initially given for one year and subsequently can be reviewed for annual extension.
2) Enter Bermuda as a tourist for 90 days and apply for extension (maximum 6 months). You can re-enter Bermuda anytime and there is no set rule on what may be the minimum period after which you can re-enter. However all tourists (other than cruise ship passengers) are expected to stay in hotels and contribute to Bermuda's tourism industry, and therefore frequent travels may be questioned by immigration officers if your address is not a hotel. These days nobody requires a separate visa to enter Bermuda as a tourist. So frequent entry may also seem to be a potential misuse of that. It's a fine line and you need to take your own judgmental call on this.
Trust (July 2015)
Hi Raj, I have been offered work by a company in Bermuda and would like to know for how long (limit) my spouse will be allowed to visit me when she has a 10 year US holiday visa, with a return ticket as well. Thank you.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2015
Spouses are allowed to stay as long as the work permit holder stays.
Bernadine Torres (February 2015)
Hi Raj my name is Bernadine Torres and I am coming in march to marry my fiance who is a born Bermudian, please tell what problems I might have if their is any please I am from trinidad/tobago and he wants me to come and live their after we marry. Should I worry Raj. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon..
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2015
Hi, Bermuda is a beautiful island with friendly people... nothing wrongwith the island itself. Is there anything specific that's worrying you?
Bernadine Torres (February 2015)
Hi Raj, First of all let me thank you for your response. My reason for emailing you is that i have my fiance living in Bermuda and he wants me come their and marry him I am 50yrs he is 70yrs believe me that is not the problem. I was worried about how long do I have to stay in your country before I get married? and would it cause a problem if i want to work after? I read up on everything and i notice they have a length of time you can come to Bermuda as a tourist and stay also when married, Raj is their rules? would I get a new passport from your country to travel back and forth to my country or i would have to continue using mines? and I want to know if this will not cause a problem as I have a daughter going to school in Trinidad/Tobago and I would like that I and my husband can come to her graduation in July please. I know I am asking a lot and I thank you in advance for all the help you can give me and advice much appreciated..
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) February 2015
Hi, since he is a Bermudian living in Bermuda, he can pre-arrange the wedding so that you can get married as soon as you reach Bermuda. Once you get married you can start living there and look for a job although finding a job in Bermuda is not easy. One usually becomes eligible for citizenship only after living in the island with his/her Bermudian spouse for minimum 10 years. So you won't get a Bermuda passport or voting right till then. So for at least 10 years you can expect to remain a passport holder of your present home country and living in Bermuda on a long term visa issued to spouses. If all documentation are done correctly, both of you should be able freely move back and forth between Bermuda and any other country.
Joy (December 2014)
Hi I have been in Bermuda for a few months now and I heard of a dollar depot store along Victoria Street. I tried searching for it but I can not see where this store is. With everything so expensive I would like to try shopping in this store thanks. Your blog is a great help for us foreign workers here.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) December 2014
Hi, the Dollar Depot store in Hamilton is located at the Shopping Centre (35 Victoria Street). It's about 100 meters to the east of Victoria Grill - a popular restaurant. There are other dollar depot stores as well - at Heron Bay Market Place in Southampton, Shelly Bay Market Place in Hamilton Parish on North Shore Road etc.
Perry Smith (October 2014)
I'd like to offer some comments on the Living In Bermuda article. I lived in Bermuda for 3 years as a white collar expat. I found the social climate to be hit and miss. Specifically it is very cliquey and often anti-cosmopolitan. The article mentions 4 popular pubs. At any point in time, there are about 8 in total that expats go to. And I use the word 'expats' deliberately, as locals as a general rule stick to themselves and socialize little with the 'hired help.' The nightlife is fun the first 25 or so times you go out. But seeing the same faces going through the same motions time and time again becomes boring to most. 50% accountants, 30% civil servants, 20% others. Very little diversity. It often resembles a bad frat party. A bunch of single lads drinking with very few females in attendance. Over time I developed a circle of about a dozen friends, dated a couple of different girls, and was generally content. I have very nice memories of the comradery. The beautiful beaches and amazingly blue water. Snorkeling. Playing tennis 10 months a year. Bombing around on a motorcycle. Bermuda shorts as a work uniform. Immersing myself in something different. But at the 3 year mark I chose to leave due to boredom. Glad I did. It was the right dose of Bermuda. It was time to get on with my real life back home.
Rocky Tapia (September 2014)
Hello Raj, First, I would like to thank you for creating this website. Nothing online can ever get close to this in providing accurate and non-biased information about Bermuda. No one should ever go to Bermuda without visiting this site. My questions is with regard to the minimum salary required to live comfortably in Bermuda. Here are the details and conditions:
1. Single male in his late 30s working in IT, expert in an ERP application (skilled).
2. Decent 1-bedroom apartment.
3. Save at least 2,000 USD per month.
4. Use public transport or buy a mopped scooter.
5. Go out socially once a week with food and drinks.
6. Be able to travel out of the island at least twice a year.
7. Will shop in markets and cook food most of the time - pack lunch at work.
Based on the above items, what do you think should my annual income be in USD? Please let me know if you have questions or need more information. Thank you,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2014
Hi, there are two key factors in your conditions which can swing the pay requirement quite a bit - travelling out of the island (where & how much do you expect to spend in that?) and location of apartment. Very roughly you will need to earn $95,000 to 105,000 per annum to get close to what you may be expecting (assuming you have health coverage and without factoring in any income tax deductions at your home country).
Elaine (September 2014)
Hi, If I am moving to Bermuda and I want to bring my son with me a few months later...would this be allowed?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2014
Hi, in most cases minor children are allowed to live with expat parents. Adult children can come with tourist visa and stay for a period of up to 3 moths. You may write to Bermuda Immigration Department for further clarifications stating your nature of work and work permit term etc.
Pavan Thalapalli (August 2014)
Hi! I have a few general questions about living in Bermuda and I was hoping to get a better understanding of the same. We would most likely be moving to Bermuda in November as I would be transferred to our office there to take over as the Finance Manager. We currently live in NJ, USA and would like to get a better understanding of what to expect if we do move there. Is it easy for my wife to work there? I have read that it would be quite difficult to get a job there as an expat and that it makes sense to apply for a job/work permit before landing in Bermuda. Is that correct? If so, what is the best way to go about it, should she contact a recruiter there or should she apply for a job if we come across one (on the internet)? To give you an idea,she is from an IT background. Are they many opportunities available in that field in Bermuda? Thanks!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2014
Hi, Your wife should apply for a job before landing in Bermuda. She can however continue to search while in the island, if she has to move without a job. IT sector jobs are available, but mostly requiring technical skills & experience. She should go through hiring agencies and also directly apply for jobs that are advertised in Bermuda's only Daily - Royal Gazette (you can view the online version).
Isabel (June 2014)
Hi Raj, thank you for this great website! I have just been offer a teaching job in Pembroke (BHS) and I am wondering about the living cost in that area. I was told during my interview that an apartment would cost about 2000 dollars per month and that the best way to find a place is not through agents but by word of mouth. It must be difficult to find a place when you are completely new to the island. How do you recommend me to look for a place? Do you think the price they gave me is a realistic orientation? By the way, I am a Spanish/French citizen living in India right now. I have lived here for almost six years. Moving to Bermuda is going to be a cultural and financial shock for me, I guess! All the best
and thanks again.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2014
Hi, $2000 per month for a one bed room apartment is possible but difficult. It's on the lower side. $2500 is more realistic. Most companies offer 2-4 weeks guest house accommodation initially when you can fix your apartment. Word of mouth takes time. Go through Living cost in Bermuda
Jed (November 2013)
Hi Raj! I came across your blog as i was trying to find some information on Bermuda because i received a job offer there. I am a healthcare professional with 2+years of experience. I've read in one of your articles that a professional with a university degree should get not less than 80k. Will I be on losing end if they give me 78k? I mean can I live the life and still save some money. And as an expat what was your issues when you 1st came in there?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) November 2013
Hi, You can surely live in Bermuda with that money and unless you indulge often, you can save a bit as well. But you will need to plan on a budget apartment and also cooking some of your own meals. Take a look at this article to get some ideas about cost of living in Bermuda
Rashid (August 2013)
Raj, I am contemplating moving to Bermuda for work and is currently awaiting Immigration clearance. I wish to know if the variety of Indian spices are readily available on the market or is it worth my while bringing some with me. Can you please advise accordingly and provide me with any links if available.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2013
Hi, You won't easily find Indian spices in Bermuda. So bring some with you. Once you reach the island, get in touch with Ashok Uppal. He is the owner of House of India restaurant located in Hamilton area. He once used to run an Indian grocery store here which he later converted into an Indian restaurant. He will be able to help you with the sources to get Indian spices.
Update: Indian spices are available at the store Just Rite located in Pembroke and near Transport Control Department. 7, Marsh Folly Road, Pembroke, Bermuda. Phone: (441) 295-6407, 238-5719.
Alkioni Skondrianou (June 2013)
Hello, My husband has been offered a job for 130,000usd. We are very seriously thinking to relocate. We live in Greece. We also have a daughter 12 years old that understands English but do not speak so good. My concern is.
Will we be able to have a good living level there (not crazy things as eating out a lot) but been able to rent a decent house. Will we be able to save any money? Will my daughter be accepted to high school or not because of her poor English? Any info will be great since we only have 2 weeks to make our final decision. Thanks a lot!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2013
Hi, 130,000 USD is an average annual salary in Bermuda and you should be able to live a moderate life, but don't expect to save a lot from that. Visit the following link to get some ideas of cost of living in Bermuda: Bermuda Cost of Living
Your child should quickly learn English. However I don't see much problems in her school admission as long as she understands English. She may require special English coaching which some private schools offer.
April Saflor (April 2013)
Hi, This is April Saflor a Philippine national- I have my fiancé living in Bermuda, I would like to know if I need still to get US visa before going to Bermuda (as far as I know Philippine national requires entry visa in Bermuda) right? I want to ask as well, is there a fiancée visa on Bermuda? Or possible I will get a tourist visa and marry my fiancée in Bermuda? Is that allowed? Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2013
Hi, There is no fiancée visa for Bermuda. After marriage, one can live in Bermuda with one's spouse. You will be however required to show proper documentation of your marriage when you apply for such visa that allows you to live in Bermuda with your husband as long as he lives there (assuming he may be on a work permit or a Bermudian himself). You can get a tourist visa for Bermuda and get married to your fiancé in Bermuda. If you are coming through US, then you will also require a multiple entry US transit or tourist visa. But note that you can not continue to live in Bermuda with a tourist visa. You will need to return within 90 days and get a proper visa to live in Bermuda with your husband.
Dan (December 2012)
Hello, I visited your amazing and splendid island this summer. I am considering moving to Bermuda, at least I would like to. My question is, can I move to the island if I am retired but also have my own business where I work from home? if I was living in Bermuda, the people of Bermuda would become my main clientele.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) December 2012
Hi Dan, There are usually two ways one can plan to move to Bermuda. One is by getting a work permit for a job in the island. This is usually possible when the skill required for the job is not available in the island and therefore needs to be hired from a foreign country.
The other is by setting up a business with a local Bermudian. The Bermudian partner retains majority share of the business. In this case the main criteria the government looks into is whether the new business can generate job opportunities for locals.
Your proposal doesn't seem to fit into either of the two. So in my personal opinion, the chances of getting a resident visa in Bermuda in your case is very slim. However, you can always give it a try and write to Bermuda's Department of Immigration. If I were you, I would develop a case highlighting how Bermuda may benefit from the business proposal.
Jason Snowdon (November 2012)
An easy question if you live in Bermuda. Can you ice skate? Are there any rinks? If not where is the closest rink? We are considering relocating to the island but our daughter is an accomplished ice skater and would like to continue. Thanks for any feedback.
Hi, I haven't heard of any Ice Skating Rink in Bermuda, most likely there is none. Regards.
Tony Makowski (April 2012)
Hello Raj, I will be living in Bermuda for 3 years on a work permit. Can you tell me what I could expect to pay for a new or used scooter or bicycle as I expect that this will become my primary mode of transportation. Thanks
Hi Tony, An old scooter in Bermuda can cost from $500 and up and the new ones are $3000 and up. Bicycles are anywhere from $300 and up. Hope this helps!
April Saflor (March 2012)
Good day, Hi I'm April from Philippines. I just want to ask if approximately how many months will I take to get there in Bermuda after marriage? My fiancé is a Bermudian national and we will get marry next month in my country. And I am planning to apply for a job in AIG Bermuda, do I need to get a work permit first or not?
I appreciate your response. Thanks
Hi, once you get married to a Bermudian, you can always go and live with your spouse in Bermuda and there is no restriction. As a spouse of a Bermudian, you can also apply for jobs in Bermuda while living in the island. You need not go there with a job permit. For a job opportunity in Bermuda, you will be given priority immediately after a Bermudian.
Chris James (March 2012)
Hello how are you? I was just wondering what living in Hamilton is like all the year round because I am thinking of doing this and are there sports stores where I can buy a soccer T-shirt please? Also what is the pace of life like in Bermuda, are the people easy going and laid back? What is the cost of living and the quality of life in Bermuda? The reason that I ask this is that I get my disability living allowance in Bermuda because it is a British overseas Territory. Also what is the cost of renting an apartment in Hamilton please?
Hi Chris, Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and the busiest place. It is mostly a commercial center although there are several high-end residential complexes there. So apartment rentals in Hamilton is going to be more expensive than the other parishes of Bermuda. If you love beaches, islands and turquoise blue ocean, then Bermuda is a paradise to be living in. People of Bermuda are very friendly, courteous and mostly 'happy go lucky' type. I would suggest that you visit the following two links: