Bermuda officially ends COVID vaccination requirement for visitors

   August 23, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Starting August 22, Bermuda officially dropped its vaccination mandate for visitors. Bermuda's cruise ports are Hamilton, St George's Town, and King's Wharf/West End (aka Royal Naval Dockyard).

Previously, unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 had to apply for a medical exemption from COVID vaccination to enter the country.

Currently, cruise passengers must complete a Bermuda Travel Authorization in order to enter Bermuda at a cost of US$40 per person.

Unvaccinated cruisers must be tested for COVID no more than 2 days before departure. Depending on the time it takes for the cruise ship to reach Bermuda, it may need to be tested again prior to disembarking in Bermuda. The country requires additional testing for vaccinated cruise passengers when the voyage to Bermuda is longer than 4 days.

Bermuda's updated COVID protocols include:

Unvaccinated residents no longer have to be quarantined for 4 days when they return to the island, and there is no need for a 10-day test. Unvaccinated visitors must be tested for COVID no more than 2 days before arriving in Bermuda, and then retested on the 4th day (if they have been there for at least 4 days).

Unvaccinated visitors must have valid travel health insurance in order to enter Bermuda and include proof of travel health insurance on their travel authorization application for approval.

Unvaccinated residents may be tested for COVID up to 2 days before landing/if they choose not to, must be tested for COVID upon arrival. They will be tested again on the 4th day, but there is no quarantine and no test on the 10th day.

Residents who previously traveled with proof of recent recovery/with a medical exemption from COVID vaccination are no longer required to provide the proof/obtain the exemption. Instead, they must take a pre-arrival COVID test and a 4th-day test/an arrival test and a 4th-day test.

Unvaccinated seafarers will be tested for COVID no more than 2 days prior to departure, and since the voyages to Bermuda take longer than 2 days, they'll also need to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 24 hours of their arrival in Bermuda.