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Bermuda relaxing strict COVID-19 entry requirements and making it easier to visit

March 08, 2022
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Bermuda relaxing strict COVID-19 entry requirements and making it easier to visit
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Visiting the pink sands of Bermuda just got a little easier.

Starting this week, the island nation is streamlining the entry process for vaccinated travelers arriving on the island by air. And moving forward, there will be more flights to the island as well.

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(Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)

Effective March 7, Bermuda’s new guidelines will require all visitors 12 and up to show proof of vaccination, and all visitors 2 and older to present a negative COVID-19 test result. The island's previous mandatory quarantine and arrival testing are no longer required.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • All travelers 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter Bermuda. "Fully vaccinated" is defined as having received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine with at least 14 days having passed since the last dose and before arrival in Bermuda.
  • Booster shots are not required.
  • A negative COVID-19 test is required from all passengers 2 and older; a supervised antigen test taken within two days of arrival and a PCR test taken within four days of arrival are allowed.
  • Children 11 and under are considered to have the same vaccination status as the guardian with whom they're traveling.
  • Travelers need to complete the "Travel Authorisation" form with this information 24 to 48 hours prior to arrival. (Note: The form fee has been reduced from $75 to $40, and includes return testing if necessary.)
  • No further testing will be required upon arrival. If the country of origin requires a test to return, Bermuda will automatically schedule and provide return testing to travelers.

Unvaccinated travelers have been prohibited from entering Bermuda since December 2021.

Getting to Bermuda

Tobacco Bay, Bermuda. (Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)

L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) is the largest airport in Bermuda. Both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer regular service. In addition, more flights will soon be available to Bermuda:

  • JetBlue’s daily air service from Boston to Bermuda will begin on March 27.
  • American will begin daily service to Bermuda from Philadelphia on April 5.
  • United Airlines will begin daily service to Bermuda out of Newark on May 6.
  • Air Canada will resume flights to Bermuda on May 1.

“News of Bermuda’s relaxed travel guidelines has been met with great enthusiasm from travelers who can’t wait to return to our island,” said Charles H. Jeffers II, the CEO of Bermuda Tourism Authority. “Our hotels and businesses are open with the Bermudian hospitality for which we are known. As spring and summer approach, there’s never been a better time to visit.”

Where to stay in Bermuda

There are not a lot of points properties in Bermuda, but here are a few of our favorites.

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The St. Regis Bermuda resort opened in May 2021. It's located in the historic town of St. George’s, just steps from the white sands of St. Catherine’s Beach.

(Image courtesy of St. Regis)

A stay at the St. Regis Bermuda will cost about $539 per night for Marriott members and $550 per night for nonmembers for a standard room. It is a Category 8 hotel that will set you back 70,000 points per night for off-peak dates, 85,000 per night for standard dates and 100,000 per night for peak dates. Note that later this month, Marriott is switching to dynamic award pricing, and will do away with its existing award charts.

(Screenshot from St. Regis Bermuda Resort)

For Hilton Honors members, the Bermudiana Beach Resort, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton will be opening in June.

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