Summary
Authorities in Bermuda will likely continue existing international travel restrictions through November as part of the territory's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. Officials require all individuals wishing to travel to Bermuda to apply for government authorization by completing a form 1-3 days before departure. Authorization will not be granted to travelers who fail to produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 via a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than seven days before their departure for Bermuda. Residents of Bermuda are not required to demonstrate negative test results prior to arrival; however, such individuals are required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Visitors are also required to present proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization to obtain travel authorization.

All individuals must undergo an additional PCR test upon their arrival and must quarantine while awaiting results, which take approximately 24 hours to process. All arrivals must also undergo further tests on the third, seventh, and 14th days after their arrival and receive daily health checks for the first 14 days of their stay in Bermuda.

All individuals are required to wear facemasks while in public, particularly whenever social distancing is not possible. Gatherings of more than 75 people are prohibited. Bars, gyms, churches, and nightclubs are allowed to open with social-distancing measures in place.

Business and transport disruptions will likely persist even after most restrictions are relaxed. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

 

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