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Getting Ready for a Bermuda Cruise
Bermuda is an archipelago of over 100 islands in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the world’s most stunning destinations, boasting pink sand beaches and caves that will take your breath away. This British Overseas Territory’s relaxed atmosphere, abundance of tourist attractions and friendly inhabitants make it an ideal spot to visit either by cruise ship or private yacht.
How to Reach it
In order to travel to Bermuda, a valid passport that does not expire before your return home and round-trip ticket are both necessary. Also carry proof of hotel reservations. Immigration officials at the port of arrival will review all travel documents to ensure entry.
Plan on seeing your physician four to six weeks prior to departure in order to confirm whether your routine vaccinations are up-to-date, as well as receiving immunizations against Typhoid, Rabies and Hepatitis A/B.
Apply for Travel Authorization
At least 30 days before your cruise arrives in Bermuda, begin the application process online for travel authorization. Provide proof of vaccinations and fill out a short form detailing your trip; once approved, your application will allow you to board the ship.
What kind of visa will be necessary depends on the duration and nationality of your stay in Bermuda. Most visitors do not require one.
However, some countries require visas if you’re planning to transit through them on the way to Bermuda – these include the US, Canada and UK. Citizens from any of these nations will require a multi re-entry visa (MRV) before entering Bermuda.
Purchase of an MRV can be done either online, at your national embassy, or local consulate in your home country. An MRV should be valid for at least 45 days from your planned departure from Bermuda and renewed up to 10 years later.
On arrival to Bermuda, all passengers will be presented with a Customs Traveller Declaration form which is necessary to protect Bermuda against drugs, firearms and other potentially hazardous goods that might enter its borders as well as to stop travellers evading import duty charges.
Checking your passport’s validity and ensuring there are blank visa pages is essential if traveling through multiple countries before reaching Bermuda.
If traveling with family, your spouse must possess both a valid passport and an MRV that expires no less than 45 days prior to your planned departure date. Otherwise, additional port fees and taxes may apply beyond what are already included with your cruise fare.