Passports, Immigration & Customs
Before embarking on your sub-tropical island getaway, make sure to pack the required documents:
- A round-trip ticket to Bermuda
- A return or onward ticket, i.e., a round-trip ticket, or other proof of onward transportation to a country to which the passenger has right of entry is required of all visitors.
- A valid, machine-readable passport
- All travelers must carry with them proof of citizenship and identification, specifically a passport, for return to their own country or for re-entry through another foreign country as required by Bermuda Immigration authorities. This applies to adults as well as children and infants travelling alone or with their parents.
Note: Married women whose identification documents are in their maiden name but who are travelling under their married name should also carry their marriage certificate or certified copy as further proof of identity.
Note: Effective March 1st, 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.
Note: For a list of Nationals who are required to present a visa to enter Bermuda, please visit the website of the Bermuda Government’s Department of Immigration.
Visas to enter Bermuda may be obtained from the Visa Section of a British Embassy, British High Commission, British Consulate or other British Foreign Service establishment aboard. For more information, visit the Bermuda Government’s Department of Immigration website.
For detailed information on Bermuda’s customs & duty allowances and regulations, download our Customs Regulations Fact Sheet.
Arriving by Private Vessel
All private yachts entering our waters are required to obtain Immigration, Customs, and Health Clearance in the port of St. George’s. The clearance facility is located at the eastern end of Ordnance Island
Yachts arriving from overseas ports are usually cleared with a minimum of formality
Upon approach, visiting yachtsmen must contact Bermuda Radio, which will guide you into St. George’s Harbour and direct you to Customs clearance berthing.
The Customs boarding officer, who normally carries out clearance for all three departments, brings all documents required for clearance on board. The officer will also collect a passenger tax of US$35 from each person on board.
A valid, machine-readable passport is the required document for entry into Bermuda
Extended Stays for Visiting Yachts and their Crew
With effect from 1st June, 2011, visiting yachtsmen and their crews will be granted a maximum three month stay on arrival in Bermuda. In keeping with best practice and standard immigration policy, visiting yachtsmen and their crew will be required to provide:
- Proof of citizenship;
- Financial means to repatriate themselves by air (if required);
- Proof of health insurance; and
- A declaration not to seek or take up employment in Bermuda.
The fee for this extended stay is set at a nominal $250.00 for each member of the crew and each passenger. Extensions for up to a further three months will also be permitted on application to the Department of Immigration and the fee is $103.00.
For detailed information about travelling to Bermuda via private yacht, download the Visiting Bermuda document.