Travel essentials

Travel Insurance

In Bermuda, medical care is very expensive with a health care system similar to the US. Therefore, it is imperative that you ensure you have good travel insurance confirmed in advance of your holiday, in case of any medical advice or treatment required during your stay on the island. We advise you to check that your policy covers any sports or activities you plan to take part in during your holiday, such as water sports, diving, cycling etc. We would strongly suggest that you take out insurance at the point of booking your trip, or soon after, to cover any cancellations.

Currency/Expenses

Bermuda’s currency is the Bermudian Dollar, but US Dollars are accepted everywhere. ATMs are readily available and credit/debit cards are accepted in most places.

Given Bermuda’s small size, most items are imported meaning cost of living is generally high on the island, and it can be an expensive place to visit at times. Please see a general guideline below to give you an idea:

  • Average cost of a mid-range two course meal is around $35 – $40 per person
  • A bottle of wine in a restaurant tends to cost from around $30 upwards
  • A cocktail costs on average around $10
  • A cup of coffee costs around $4
  • A lunch time sandwich in a good café costs around $11
  • Cost of a 1 hour 30 minute trip on a glass bottom boat costs around $50 per adult, $30 per child
  • To rent a motor boat (max 4 people) costs around $100 for 2 hours / $150 for 4 hours
  • Green fee for a round of golf costs from around $90 upwards, club rental from around $30 upwards

Vaccinations/Hazards

There are no vaccination requirements when travelling to Bermuda, but please contact your GP or local travel nurse for any personal advice.

  • Mosquitoes are rarely a problem, and there have been no reported cases of zika virus or malaria on the island.
  • There are no snakes, spiders or poisonous insects. There are cockroaches on the island, and the occasional centipede that can nip.
  • The sea water surrounding the island is very safe to swim, snorkel and dive in and there are many bays and coves which are sheltered and shallow, perfect for young children.
  • Bermuda is surrounded by rich coral reef which is fantastic for snorkelling and diving, but it is recommended that reef shoes are worn when in the water to protect your feet.
  • There have been no shark sightings in the shallow waters surrounding Bermuda’s coastline, just lots of beautiful tropical fish! Tiger, Galapagos and Dusky sharks can be found in the deep waters beyond the reef line off the coast of the island. Sometimes – particularly after a storm – Portuguese Man of War can be swept in towards the shore, when they are normally found out at sea well clear of the beaches and shallow water. They have long tentacles which are on average around 10 meters in length, but can be up to 50 meters. Although rarely deadly to humans, the sting is excruciatingly painful so best to steer clear of them if spotted!

Although the speed limit on the roads is never over 20 mph, the roads are quite narrow and some motorists do drive carelessly resulting in road collisions. For long stretches of road, there are no pavements so do exercise caution if walking or cycling on the roads, and by law you must always wear a helmet when cycling or driving a scooter in Bermuda.

Crime

Bermuda is generally a very safe place to travel to, and serious crimes are a rare occurrence. Even so, keeping any valuables in a locked safe and being careful about wandering alone after dark on the beaches etc is sensible – as you would anywhere in the world.

Visas & Passports

No visas are required when travelling to Bermuda from the UK. You will just need to fill out a landing card which will be handed to you on your flight.

All travellers are required to have a valid passport and valid ticket for return or onward journey.

Telephone

To call in to Bermuda, the country dial code is +1 441 (00 1 441 to call from the UK)

To call out from Bermuda, the dial code is 011 (011 44 to call the UK)

Electricity

Electricity in Bermuda is generally 120 volts/60 cycles, which is the same as north America.

Flat 2 prong plugs are used on the island, so adaptor plugs must be used for UK appliances.

Local customs

In general, Bermuda is a very relaxed and laid back country and visitors will enjoy the warm and friendly welcome the island is famous for. But there are a few local customs that you should be aware of when travelling to Bermuda:

  • Locals always wish one another ‘Good morning / Good afternoon’. When boarding a bus or entering a shop etc, a friendly greeting will receive a positive response and it is considered rude not to.
  • The island has a fairly conservative dress code and no swim wear, short tops or bare feet should be worn except when at the beach or by the pool. In public areas by the beach and pool, beach cover ups should be worn and there are no nude or semi-nude beaches on Bermuda.
  • Swim wear and wet clothing should not be worn on public transport, and you shouldn’t eat or drink on the buses.