Bermuda Travel Advice
Before embarking on your 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 travellers 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/infants travelling alone or with their parents.
As of 1st March 2014 Bermuda entry visas and visa waivers will no longer be required for tourist and business visitors and work permit holders.
The Bermudian dollar is divided into 100 cents and is equal to the US Dollar. Both are legal tender on the islands. Credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels. Money - Legal tender in Bermuda is the Bermuda dollar, which trades at the same rate as the US dollar and carries the same symbol ($). Bermuda and US currencies are accepted interchangeably, but change is almost always given in Bermudian currency. Please note that Bermudian currency cannot be exchanged by international banks outside of Bermuda. Please be aware of this when taking money out of ATM’s as they only offer funds in Bermuda dollars. If possible, ask the cashiers or clerks for USD when receiving change. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted on the island. All major credit cards are accepted island-wide.
Banks are usually open from 09:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday. There are many ATMs island-wide that dispense Bermudian dollars.
TAXES AND TIPPING
There is no sales tax. Most restaurants will add a 15-20% tip to the total bill.
Hotels add a 7.25% hotel occupancy tax, a 2.5% tourism guest fee and a 10% service charge to your bill.
Call to Bermuda: Country Code 1, area code 441
Call to US and Canada from Bermuda: 1 + area code + phone number
Call to the UK from Bermuda: 011/44/City Code/phone number
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE
You must book your accommodation before arriving in Bermuda.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and there is no formal British diplomatic representation. Local authorities deal with requests for consular help.
Fire, police and ambulance: 911
Electricity is the same as in the US and Canada: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC. The electrical current in Bermuda is 110 volts, 60Hz AC, which is the same voltage supported by the US and Canada. Travellers from the UK and Europe will need to use an adapter since two-pronged plugs are in use island-wide.
LOCAL LAWS AND ETIQUETTE
Bermuda is a friendly place, but is conservative in its outlook. Swim wear, low-cut tops and minuscule shorts should be worn at the beach or swimming pool areas only. It is forbidden to drink alcohol in public outside of licensed premises.
Seven hours from London; time is four hours behind London.