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Bermuda - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no advisory in effect for Bermuda. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Theft and purse snatching are frequent in public places, including transportation networks and tourist attractions. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Avoid deserted beaches and unpopulated areas, especially after dark, as sexual assaults have occurred in the past.
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum, or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
Road conditions are generally good, but are often narrow and lack shoulders.
Safe taxi and bus services are widely available. You can also rent motor scooters; exercise caution and drive defensively at all times. It is prohibited for non-residents to own, rent or drive four-wheeled vehicles.
Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Dial 911 for emergency assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the British authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the British High Commission or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Bermuda. Proof of a return or onward ticket is also required.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 21 days
Business visa: Not required (although a “Business Visitor Form” is required prior to entry)
Student visa: Required
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
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Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.
Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
Practise safe sex while travelling, and don’t share needles, razors, or other objects which could transmit infection.
Remember that HIV can also be spread through the use of unsterile medical equipment during medical and dental procedures, tattooing, body piercing or acupuncture. Diseases can also be spread though blood transfusions and organ transplantation if the blood or organs are not screened for HIV or other blood-borne pathogens.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & Culture
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.
Canada and United Kingdom are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in United Kingdom to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and British authorities.
Drinking alcohol outside of licensed premises (in public) is prohibited.
Dress conservatively. Bathing and swimming clothing should be worn only at the beach or the pool. It is an offence to appear in public without a shirt or in a bathing suit top.
Possession of illegal drugs (including marijuana) is considered a serious crime and penalties are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences. Pack your entire luggage yourself and do not carry items that do not belong to you.
Traffic drives on the left. Although an International Driving Permit is recommended, you can drive with a valid Canadian licence for up to 12 months from your date of entry.
The currency of Bermuda is the Bermudian dollar (BMD), which is interchangeable with the U.S. dollar.
If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in Bermuda, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in Bermuda before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Natural Disasters & Climate
The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
There is no resident Canadian government office in Bermuda. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Consulate General of Canada in New York, United States.
Hamilton - Consulate of Canada
New York - Consulate General of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa toll-free at 1-800-387-3124.
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