Bermuda has become one of the latest countries to announce plans to reopen to tourists, including Americans.
Travel to Bermuda possible as of July 1
Bermuda intends to reopen to travelers arriving by air as of July 1, 2020. There are no special restrictions being placed on where travelers can come from, so even Americans are allowed. Personally Bermuda is a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, so this is on my radar.
Bermuda has seen a total of 141 confirmed COVID-19 cases with nine deaths. The country hasn’t reported any new cases in the past week.
Bermuda will require coronavirus testing
The most significant restriction that Bermuda is putting in place is that visitors need to obtain a certified negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. With testing now pretty readily available in most places, this shouldn’t prove too challenging for anyone who desires to visit.
Other precautions that Bermuda is taking
In addition to the need for a COVID-19 test, there are some other restrictions to be aware of (though many of these aren’t enforceable, though are simply good practices).
Prior to traveling to Bermuda, travelers should:
- Ensure they have appropriate health insurance
- Wear face masks when traveling to the departure airport
- Wear face masks and practice physical distancing at the departure airport
- Complete a traveller screening form and arrival card
Then during the flight to Bermuda, travelers should:
- Wear a face mask while on the plane
- practice social distancing to the extent possible
Next, upon arrival in Bermuda, travelers should:
- Continue to wear their face mask and practice physical distancing
Bermuda is working on a detailed plan for anyone who tests positive during their visit, though that hasn’t yet been published.
What airlines are flying to Bermuda?
While Bermuda is welcoming tourists as of July 1, it doesn’t look like there are initially any flights scheduled from the US. We could see airlines add some last minute capacity in light of this announcement, but I wouldn’t count on it.
As of now:
- Delta is resuming flights from Atlanta as of July 4
- JetBlue is resuming flights from Boston and New York as of August 1
- American is resuming flights from New York JFK as of August 18
Air Canada is offering service from Toronto to Bermuda, though keep in mind the border between the US and Canada is closed through late July as of now (and that could be extended further). This doesn’t actually prohibit transit passengers on international to international connections, but it does mean there are very limited transborder flights at the moment.
Tourism in Bermuda will restart as of July 1, 2020, with visitors from around the world allowed in. The major restriction here is that testing is required within 72 hours of departure. That’s becoming a pretty common restriction nowadays, and it’s a reasonable precaution. Ideally they’d also require (or offer) testing on arrival to be on the safe side, but…
While Bermuda is opening on July 1, flight capacity is initially very limited. Coming from the US, Delta is the only airline flying to Bermuda for all of July, which should greatly limit the number of visitors.
Anyone considering a trip to Bermuda?