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BERMUDA - Exercise normal security precautions

There is no advisory in effect for Bermuda. Exercise normal security precautions.





 



Security

Security

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.

Crime

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 travel

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.

See Transportation Safety in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Emergency services

Dial 911 for emergency assistance.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

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.

Passport

Canadians must present a passport to visit Bermuda. Proof of a return or onward ticket is also required.

Visa

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. See Children for more information.

Yellow fever

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.

Health

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

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

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

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, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

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 by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from 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.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

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!

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among pediatric travellers, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers at high risk visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • The risk of dengue is higher during the daytime, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

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.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

HIV

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). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities and services are good, but are expensive and limited. Medical evacuation to the United States, likely to Baltimore or Boston, may be required for serious medical conditions.

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. See Arrest and detention 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.

Illegal drugs

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.

Driving laws

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.

Money

The currency of Bermuda is the Bermudian dollar (BMD), which is interchangeable with the U.S. dollar.

Investments

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

Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo recently passed through Bermuda. Transportation routes, power and telecommunications systems are affected in some areas. Other services that may be affected in these areas include emergency and medical care, as well as water and food supplies. Some roads are blocked. While reports indicate that the airport has reopened, flight delays may occur. Check the status of your flight prior to travelling to the airport. If travelling to affected areas, you should contact your airline or tour operator to determine whether the situation will disrupt travel arrangements. Exercise caution, monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of local authorities.

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.

Assistance

Assistance

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
Address 73 Front Street, 4th Floor, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda Telephone (441) 292-2917 Fax (441) 292-9307 ServicesMay provide limited passport services
New York - Consulate General of Canada
Address 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Concourse Level, New York, New York, U.S.A., 10020-1175 Telephone (212) 596-1759 Fax (212) 596-1666/1790 Emailcngny@international.gc.caInternetnewyork.gc.caServicesMay provide limited passport servicesTwitter@CanadaNY
Consular district
Bermuda, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania.

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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