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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online
Advance information on Bermuda - from our files exclusively.
Honorary consuls of the countries they represent are asked to email this author, Keith A. Forbes at email@example.com to report any changes of or additions to their names and contact including email addresses. When local Bermuda-based consulates have their own website they will be shown here once they reciprocate the hyperlink.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, not yet politically independent although self-governing, thus there are no embassies. Most resident consuls are honorary. The exceptions are the USA and Portugal, both with full consulates. Honorary consuls in Bermuda and the US and Portuguese consulates in this British Overseas Territory are recognized and certified as such by Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the case of the USA, more than 75% of tourists, business visitors and consumer goods come from the USA. (Portugal has a full consulate as there are many long-term Portuguese nationals in Bermuda. Nationals of all other countries including Great Britain who are resident or visiting should note carefully that when or if any of their children are born in Bermuda, they are not Bermudian under the law unless at least one qualifying parent is Bermudian. (The laws are different in the USA, UK, Canada, etc).
Those countries shown below have consuls who are members of the Club Consulaire des Bermudes. Their functions include serving their nationals residing locally; visitors to Bermuda who are nationals of those countries; and Bermuda residents visiting their countries on vacation or business. The countries concerned also have diplomatic links with Bermuda via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (CFO) in London. Consulates are normally open Mondays to Fridays. Always call ahead for an appointment. Countries not shown on this list have no local consuls and should be contacted in London or Ottawa or Washington, DC.
Visa regulations can vary from country to country. Those who wish to visit or reside in any country named below should visit the consulates in person, always carrying and prepared to show full personal identification including passports, driver's licenses, etc and should ask what they need to enter that country. Bermudian holders of full British citizen passports do not require visas to travel to any country in the European Union (EU). However, holders of Bermudian (not full British citizen) passports do. For example,all British Dependent Territory citizens with a local (ie Bermuda) passport need a visa to enter Italy. This applies whether Italy is either the first port of entry to Europe or the country where the visitor stays for the longest period of travel. To avoid this, it is recommended Bermudians obtain their British passport as an option, which means that they will then NOT need a visa to enter Italy or obtain any Schengen visas. The application for the Italian visa has to be processed through the Italian Honorary Consul on the Island. The cost of an entry visa which takes up to eight weeks or sometimes longer to obtain, is normally payable by US $ draft with this cost varying according to European exchange rates. There are additional costs for couriers; administration agency costs to prepare and process the paperwork; and more
Minors traveling to Italy with school groups need to supply additional information obtained from their parents. Once a visa is obtained, it allows travel within the following 15 Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
Adults and minors from Bermuda visiting the USA who are not passport-carrying US citizens should always first contact the USA consulate.
|Country||Flag||Consulate (or Honorary Consul shown by name)||Address|
|Austria||Katarina Hoskins, Honorary Consul||
Victoria Place, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM10. Phone: (441) 494 4019
|Belgium||Philippe Dutranoit, Honorary||
Consulate Office in Bermuda, normally at 73 Front Street, 4th Floor,
Bermudians and others traveling from Bermuda to Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization to enter the country.
2018. August 14. Bermudians who want to work, study or live in Canada already need to give biometric information, the Canadian Government has said. Bermudians who carry any type of British passport — including British Overseas Territories Citizens passports — are now required to submit fingerprints and a photograph with their application for a study or work permit. A spokesman for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada earlier said the information would not be required until the end of the year. But the spokesman explained in an amended statement: “As Bermuda is a dependent territory of the UK, nationals of the country became biometric-required as of July 31, 2018 when they apply for a study or work permit, or for permanent residence. However, Bermudians do not need to give their biometrics when coming to Canada as a tourist, no matter how long they stay in the country. For those coming to study or work temporarily in Canada, they will only need to provide their biometrics once every ten years. Those applying for permanent residence will need to give their biometrics and pay the fee every time they apply.” The cost to process the information is CAD$85 for individuals and a maximum of CAD$170 for family applications. There is nowhere in Bermuda where the biometric information can be provided, but those who want to apply can supply their information at one of 135 locations in the United States. The spokesman added that the Canadian Government was “constantly monitoring” its visa application centre network and “may decide to open a new VAC location at a later date”.
2018. July 30. Bermudians who plan to study or work in Canada will have to supply extra application information from the end of the year. Bermudians who carry any type of British passport — including British Dependent Territories Citizens — will be required to submit fingerprints and a photograph with their application for a study or work permit from December 31. The requirement will also apply to those who apply for permanent residence and refugee or asylum status. Applications received before December 31 will not need the additional documentation. The biometric information will have to be renewed once every ten years. The cost to provide the information is CAD$85 for individuals and a maximum of CAD$170 for family applications. There is nowhere in Bermuda where the biometric information can be provided. A spokesman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said that Bermudians could supply their information at one of 135 locations in the United States. He added that the Canadian Government was “constantly monitoring” its visa application centre network and “may decide to open a new VAC location at a later date”. Bermudians already in Canada as of December 31 who then apply for a visa, study permit or work permit from within Canada will not need to provide the fingerprints or photograph until the in-Canada biometric service has been set up next year.
|Denmark||Bent Poulsen, Honorary||
|Ghana||Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway, Honorary||
Front Street, Hamilton. Dr
Leonard Teye-Botchway, ChB, FWACS,
DCEH, FRCS. The Arches, 13 Berry Hill Rd. Paget DV 03. Phone (441)
232-3937 Accounts (441) 232-3030 Fax (441 236-4973. Eye surgeon. First honorary consul for Ghana in Bermuda.
Dr Teye-Botchway, from Ghana, has lived in Bermuda for 13 years.
He is an ophthalmic surgeon with 16 years of such experience in Bermuda. He was born in Ghana, educated at the University
of Ghana Medical School; and at leading Ophthalmology Institutions in the
UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) and a
member of several ophthalmology societies in the UK and US.
2018. August 22. The Governor visited the Ghanaian Consulate in Hamilton yesterday to sign a book of condolence for the late Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN. John Rankin said: “Kofi Annan was the first black secretary-general of the United Nations, the first African secretary-general, and he was one of the most successful secretary generals there’s ever been.” Mr Annan, who died last Saturday, aged 80, was a Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. The book of condolence at the Consulate, at 129 Front Street, is open to the public for the rest of the week. The book is alongside a Ghanaian flag at half-mast. Mark Darko, a Ghanaian Consulate representative, said: “When thinking about Kofi Annan, he’s left a lasting legacy. He’s an individual that dedicated his entire life to world peace, he’s recognized not only by Ghanaians and Africans, but by people all over the world for his extensive humanitarian efforts and his tremendous exploits and accomplishments working for the United Nations.”
|Great Britain||Deputy Governor's Office (neither a Consulate nor an Honorary Consul)||Government House, 11 Langton Hill, Pembroke HM 13. Telephone (441) 292-2587 (office). Fax (441) 295-3823. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See connections between Bermuda and Britain.|
|Finland||John E. Riihiluoma, Jr. Honorary||Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12. P. O. Box HM 1179, Hamilton HM BX. Office (441) 295-2244. Fax: (441) 292-8666. Residence (441) 238-1064. Email email@example.com|
|France||Mrs Nicole Haziza, Honorary|
|Germany||Jens Alers, Honorary||
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Bermuda) LP. Richmond House, 12 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 08. (441) 295-0614 or fax (441) 292-1549 or cell (441) 505 2657. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ireland||John R. Kane, Honorary||
Windsor Place, 3rd Floor,
18 Queen Street,
|Italy||Cav. Gioacchino Di Meglio, Honorary||Lido Complex, Elbow Beach. 60 South Road, Paget PG 04. Tel: (441) 296-9884. E-mail email@example.com. Bermuda passport holders traveling to Italy for tourism purposes do not presently require an entry visa. For other services and information please visit the Italian Consulate in New York.|
|Jamaica||Winston G. Laylor, Honorary||55 Court Street, Hamilton HM 12. Office (441) 292-5264. Fax (441) 295-5646. Residence (441) 292-8888. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays to|
|Luxembourg||Curt Engelhorn, Honorary||Five Star Island, Southampton. Office (441) 295-1082. Residence (441) 238-0621. Fax 238-0331.|
|Mexico||Rod S. Attride-Stirling, Honorary||
1 Crawford House, 50 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11. (441) 296-8314. Fax (441) 295-6566. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Netherlands - Holland||Maria Peterich, Honorary||'Woodlands,' 9 Middle Road, Paget PG 01. Phone 441 - 236-4578. Fax: 441 - 236-9892. E-mail: email@example.com|
|Norway||Charles Nathaniel Arthur Butterfield, III Honorary||Royal
Norwegian Consulate, White Hall, 1 Park Road,
|Portugal||Consulate, Portuguese Honorary Consul, Andrea Moniz-De Sousa||Melbourne House, 11 Parliament St, Hamilton HM 12. P.O. Box HM 1726, Hamilton HM GX. (441) 292-1039. Fax (441) 292-0137 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Spain||Nola Dean, Honorary Vice||"Olicana," 11 Jennings Road, Smith's FL 04. P. O. Box FL 60, Flatts FL BX. Office (441) 295-3062. Fax (441) 295-5386.|
|Sweden||Jens N. H. S. Juul, Honorary||"Lyme Regis," 1 Glendon Drive, Harrington Sound HS 02. Phone or Fax: (441) 293-7242. Cell (441) 332-0466. Residence (441) 293-0466. Email email@example.com. New York Consulate General (212) 583-2550|
|Switzerland||Fabian Schonenberg, Honorary||2 Reid Street,
|United States of America||Consul General Constance Dierman||"Crown
Hill," 16 Middle Road, Devonshire DV 03. P. O. Box HM 325, Hamilton
HM BX. Telephone (441) 295-1342 or 278-7504. Fax (441) 295-1592. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Website
Updates on services and other consulate news can be found on the
consulate Facebook page and Twitter account @USConsHamilton. See connections between
Bermuda and USA. By far the largest
foreign mission in Bermuda. It is a fully-staffed diplomatic facility.
2018. August 14. The US Consulate is now offering a walk-in adult passport renewal service for United States citizens on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am — 10:30am. Qualified applicants can deliver their completed passport renewal application, photograph, current US passport and a payment of $110 to the US Consulate without an appointment on the days and times listed above. A Press release states: "If all requirements have been met and the application is approved, the passport will be available for collection within two weeks. For more details and links to the application form, please visit our website."
2018. March 15. Constance Dierman will serve as the next United States Consul General to Bermuda. Mrs Dierman, a senior career diplomat, was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. She arrived in Bermuda in mid-June to replace Mary Ellen Koenig, who left on April 30. Mrs Dierman has served in Kabul, Baghdad, Bridgetown, Canberra and Geneva. Her Washington, DC assignments have included tours in the Bureaus of Human Resources, Near Eastern Affairs, South and Central Asian Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, Overseas Buildings Operations, Protocol and the Office of the Secretary. In her current position, she manages global human resource services, the administration of the Foreign Service retirement system, and employment policies for more than 56,000 locally employed staff at US missions overseas. According to a press release from the US Consulate, she “cares deeply about public service, promoting American interests, and building security, economic, educational, and cultural ties abroad”. Mrs. Dierman was born raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in Delaware with her husband, Roger Dierman. They have five adult children. She said: “I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next US Consul General to Bermuda, as the United States and Bermuda share an important common history and deep ties. I look forward to getting to know the people of Bermuda, exploring the country’s rich and vibrant culture, and building on the great efforts of Consul General Mary Ellen Koenig to strengthen and expand our special relationship.”
December 6, 2018
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