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Stonehole Bay Beach, Bermuda
Photograph: Courtesy Bermuda Tourism Authority

Bermuda is open to anyone in need of a beach vacation

But you'll still need a negative test result to enter.

Sarah Medina

Most of the Caribbean has been open to tourism since last summer and Bermuda is no exception. Just be sure to follow the rules for admittance to the island and you'll be laying on the beach in no time. 

Bermuda is not barring any nationalities from traveling to the island. All tourists must complete the Bermuda Travel Authorization process online, one to three days before departure, which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials. You'll also be required to pay a $75 fee per traveler, which includes the cost of all Covid-19 testing once on the island (and there will be multiple tests). 

Visitors aged 10 and up must also include a negative PCR Covid-19 test result, taken no more than five days before arrival, to the online form and present it to authorities upon arrival. Visitors without a pre-departure test will not receive authorization to enter Bermuda.

Immunized travelers from the United States and Canada must still be test upon arrival but can head straight to their accommodation and enjoy all amenities while awaiting a negative result. In addition to arrival testing, additional tests are still required on days four, eight and 14, but movement is not restricted between tests. 

Immunized travelers from the United Kingdom must get tested upon arrival and can head straight to their accommodation and enjoy all amenities until they test negative on day four. After day four, they are allowed to travel throughout the island, and must still be tested on days eight and 14. 

Non-immunized travelers are required to wear a Traveller Wristband for the first 14 days of their stay. Traveller Wristbands will be distributed during testing upon arrival. Travelers who do not wish to wear the wristband will be required to quarantine at their accommodation for 14 days. Non-immunized travelers from the U.K. are required to quarantine in their accommodation for four days and cannot be released from quarantine they have tested negative on day four. This applies to anyone who has traveled in the UK anytime in the 14 days prior to arrival in Bermuda.

While on the island, travelers must also take their own temperature twice per day and report it online and practice common sense physical distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing in all public spaces. 

As for the rest of the Caribbean, places like the U.S. Virgin IslandsSt. Lucia and Antigua, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos are also open for business.

Remember, many countries (including the USA) are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about traveling.

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