As some of the most popular beach and island destinations in the United States and Caribbean have already announced their reopenings, or continue to monitor upcoming target dates, Bermuda has joined the ranks of those ready to begin welcoming travelers again. On July 1, in accordance with the island’s fourth phase of economic reopening, Bermuda will resume international commercial air service at L.F. Wade International Airport.
“As we work to finalize the protocols and requirements for travel to Bermuda, rest assured, we will always place the safety of our island and its people above all else,” Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism and Transport Zane DeSilva said at a recent press conference.
Glenn Jones, Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, added: “The Bermuda government’s plan is rigorous: protecting the health of our community, while allowing visitors to experience our island safely and responsibly when they are ready to travel.”
With the world’s 12th-highest rate of testing per capita, Bermuda currently has five active cases, with only one person hospitalized. As part of the island’s Phase 3B effort of “moving to normal,” a variety of businesses were allowed to reopen under strict guidelines for physical and social distancing, while residents are still required to wear masks in all public places. The same will be required of visitors.
Additionally, travelers will need a certified negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight departure, as well as proof of health insurance. Masks are required for the duration of the entire flight—you’ve seen what happens to passengers who don’t listen—as well as in L.F. Wade International Airport, where arriving passengers will also be tested. All potential visitors should read the entire list of protocols and requirements before booking a trip.
As with other island destinations, some of Bermuda’s hotels are opening in line with the resumption of air travel. Rosewood Bermuda, for example, will open its doors on July 2, operating under the chain’s “Commitment to Care” global health and safety program. Under this initiative, pool occupancy will be capped, as will the fitness center, while the resort’s staff will ensure increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas.
However, the popular Hamilton Princess and Beach Club will remain closed until August 1.
As always, if you are considering travel at this time, we strongly encourage you to remain up to date on all regional and national health information, as well as tuned in to the protocols of the resorts and restaurants. Please remember to pack and wear masks throughout your trips, not just for your own health, but for the health of the people whose islands you are visiting.
Be safe out there.