Visa Requirements

Work permit holders, business visitors and tourists are encouraged, as much as possible, to enquire about visa requirements to enter Bermuda and to travel through the United States, United Kingdom or Canada. Bermuda does not issue visas. Rather, the UK Missions issue visas on our behalf. And while some nationals do not require a visa, visitors from all countries must present a valid, machine-readable passport to ensure entry/landing in Bermuda. Married women whose identification documents are in their maiden name but who are traveling under their married name should also carry their marriage certificate or a certified copy as further proof of identity.

Bermuda Entry Visas:

Note: Updated May 16, 2014 – Tourist and business visitors to Bermuda who are in possession of a Multi Re-entry Visa (MRV) for the Uk, US or Canada no longer require a Bermuda Entry Visa or Visa Waiver. Such visitors to Bermuda who require an MRV, the MRV must be valid for 45 days after the expiration of a visitors stay in Bermuda. In addition, your passport must be valid for 45 days after the expiration of travel. read more

The Bermuda Department of Border Control states that nationals of the following countries require visas (list issued May 1, 2010):

Afghanistan Cyprus (northern) Lebanon Senegal
Albania Djibouti Lesotho Serbia (Republic of)
Algeria Dominican Republic Liberia Sierra Leone
Angola Ecuador Libya South Africa
Armenia Egypt Macedonia Soviet Union (former)
Azerbaijan Eritrea Malawi Sri Lanka
Bahrain Ethiopia Moldova Sudan
Bangladesh Gambia Mongolia Swaziland
Belarus Georgia Montenegro Syria
Bolivia Ghana Morocco Tajikistan
Bosnia-Herzegovina Guinea (Republic of) Myanmar (Burma) Tanzania
Bulgaria Guinea-Bissau Nepal Tunisia
Bolivia Haiti Nigeria Turkey
Burundi India Oman Turkish Rep of N Cyprus
Cambodia Iran Pakistan Turkmenistan
Cameroon Iraq Palestinian Authorities Uganda
China (PRO) Jamaica Panama Ukraine
Columbia Jordan Philippines United Arab Emirates
Congo (Brazaville) Kazakhstan Qatar Uzbekistan
Congo (Kinsasha) Kenya (DPR) Romania Venezuela
Croatia Korea (DPR) Russian Federation Vietnam
Cote d’Ivoire Kosovo Rwanda Yemen
Cuba Kuwait Saudi Arabia Yugoslavia
Kyrgyzstan Zimbabwe

The following passport holders do not require visas for Bermuda:

  • Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passports or British
  • National (Overseas) Passports
  • Holders of Cypriot (Republic of Cyprus) Passports

Exceptions to the visa rules above will be made for visitors to Bermuda having a valid passport and proof of right of abode in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. This means for:

  • US Residents: a Permanent Resident Card
  • Canada Residents: a Permanent Resident Card
  • UK Residents: Indefinite leave to remain

*Note:
The following do not require entry visas if they hold a multi-entry visa for UK, USA, or Canada

  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • India
  • Russian Federation

Visitors travelling on to another country after Bermuda and requiring a visa for that country must be in possession of the relevant visa before entry into Bermuda.

Multi Re-Entry Visas:

Visa Controlled Nationals (VCN) who arrive at our borders needing visas to transit through another country to reach Bermuda will also require a visa to transit the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom on their return leg. This, referred to as a multi re-entry visa, permits more than one entry ensuring travelers will not be stranded in Bermuda without the ability to leave. Travelers will also require evidence of ticketing (or other form of passage i.e. joining a sea vessel) for their return passage. This return passage and the multi re-entry visa must be valid 45 days beyond the expiry date of the work permit (i.e. more than 6 months) and/or beyond the intended departure date (for business and tourist visitors).

Applications for Bermuda Entry Visas and Multi Re-entry Visas:

Applications for Bermuda entry visas and multi re-entry visas can be made at the British Embassy, the British High Commission, or the British Consulate in the national’s country. Also, travel agents will have access to this information and will be able to help with this process.

See the following websites for information on applying for a visa:
UK: www.visainfoservices.com
US: www.travel.state.gov
Canada: www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Processing Times for Bermuda Entry and Multi Re-Entry Visas:

Processing times for Bermuda entry and multi re-entry visas can vary. Because Bermuda does not issue either visa type, we cannot provide guidance on the processing times. For Bermuda entry visas, the British embassies and missions will refer applications to us for consideration. Our rate of response is normally within 1-2 business days. Notwithstanding this, Bermuda entry visa referrals for Jamaican nationals and referrals received via the Diplomatic Bag will take longer than 2 business days.

Information Provided by the Department of Immigration.
www.gov.bm/department/immigration

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