Bermuda Makes Testing Protocol Changes

The Bermuda Tourism Authority is welcoming the loosening of COVID-19 border protocols.

The Bermuda Government announced changes to the pre-arrival test requirement to accept certified antigen tests effective Nov. 29, 2021.

The rapid test result turn-around time, accuracy, and widespread availability of antigen tests will make the pre-arrival process significantly less burdensome for prospective travellers.

As well, the government announced that follow-up testing for visitors staying seven days or less would only be what is required to return to their destination.

Charles H. Jeffers II, Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority said: “The shift in protocols is encouraging news for the local industry, and the introduction of the antigen testing reflects a change that we have advocated for on behalf of our stakeholders. With increased vaccination uptake in key markets, vacation-starved travellers have been shopping for their next destination.”

He continued: “This move by the government puts us in a stronger market position as we compete with rival destinations touting less stringent travel requirements. To ensure that we remain a viable and attractive destination for our cruise and airline partners, we must demonstrate that our health and safety protocols meet consumer demand for a safe, streamlined travel experience from beginning to end.”

Vaccinated visitors to Bermuda represent less than one percent of those testing positive whilst on island (on arrival or post-arrival). These numbers show that vaccinated travellers pose a shallow risk to the island’s COVID situation. Today’s policy changes reflect the reduced likelihood of transmission from that category and provide a safe, convenient accessible option for visitors.