Bermuda removes travel authorisation process for visitors

Bermuda has put an end to its travel authorisation (TA) process.

Tracy Berkeley, Chief Executive Officer at BTA
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The move comes some three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

The requirement for an approved TA, the associated $40 fee, and proof of vaccination or medical insurance will no longer be a condition of travel from November 14, 2022.

In its place, the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) will reinstate the Bermuda Arrival Card, a digital form for visitors only, which was in place prior to the onset of the pandemic.

The form captures visitor data, generating critical tourism statistics for the country and provides visitors, who opt-in, with relevant, timely communications to enhance their stay.

The Bermuda Arrival Card is a simple online form that can be completed in mere minutes, prior to travel to the island.

Previously, the Bermuda Government announced that the legislation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, including the use of the TA, would come to an end on November 30.

The Minister of Tourism, Vance Campbell said, “Our Government has delivered on our pledge to protect the health and safety of our residents and visitors and now with the earlier end date for the TA, travel to Bermuda will be simpler for our visitors.”

Tracy Berkeley, interim Chief Executive Officer at BTA said:  “Bermuda’s tourism industry fully supports the decision to eliminate the travel authorisation and bring the island’s public health

Downtown Hamilton, Bermuda

emergency orders to an end. We are especially appreciative of our partners in the Ministry of Health for the collaborative approach to solving our shared challenges. This is exciting news that will help to restore a frictionless travel experience for our visitors.”

Stephen Todd, Chief Executive Officer at the Bermuda Hotel Association said Bermuda’s hoteliers are thrilled with the decision to end the travel authorisation three weeks early.

“This move comes at a crucial time before the US Thanksgiving travel period. This is a time when we anticipate welcoming visitors looking to take advantage of the current Fall into Winter promotions. It should also support demand in time for the return of three additional direct flights from Miami, JFK, and Toronto,” he said.

Visitors to Bermuda no longer require pre-travel or on-island COVID testing.