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What's New in Bermuda Online for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today's pre-arrival information for visitors - 85% of whom are from the USA

By Keith A. Forbes (see About Us), exclusively for Bermuda Online.

Bermuda beach

One of the many spectacular Bermuda beaches

Location: W064 44, N3219. Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of the USA and Canada's EST, four hours behind GMT.

Hear Bermuda is Another World.

Bermuda's only daily newspaper, latest local and world news

Daily except Sundays and Bermuda Public Holidays. 2 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda, P. O. Box HM 1025, Hamilton HM DX, Bermuda. Established in 1828, incorporates The Colonist and Daily News (established in 1866). A subsidiary of the Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd. Telephone (441) 295-5881. News-stand price $1.50. Home delivery $0.99 each issue.

Bermuda Basics

December 2018 Events Calendar

Bermuda Weather

Bermuda, 900-1100 miles north of the Caribbean, no snow in winter.  A 21 square mile (56 kilometers) in total land area cluster of mostly-interconnected small islands in the north west Atlantic Ocean. One of the nine smallest places in the world in total land area. Bermuda (Somer's Isles) has 6 main islands and 120 others. With nine parishes (counties), each 2.3055 square miles (3.68 square kilometers. Bermuda has about 68,600 residents and about 500,000 visitors mostly from cruise ships. It is located about 600 miles due east of the nearest mainland, the USA's North Carolina. It is not in the Caribbean but 900 miles north of it. There are no regular airline or shipping services between the Caribbean and Bermuda, only with the USA, Canada and Britain. Bermuda is Britain's oldest British Overseas Territory, self-governing, with its own laws including those on citizenship, commerce, companies, corporations, customs duties, employment, government administration, finance, health, hospitalization, insurance, investments, immigration, marriages, medical, pensions, social security, taxation, trade, welfare, etc. It is not part of the European Community, unlike Britain. Despite its small size, an important offshore business jurisdiction, with a significant number of Bermuda-incorporated but mostly non-Bermuda-based multinational business entities, especially in aviation, insurance and reinsurance, investment holding, mutual funds, shipping and other companies.

Bermuda's islands

Bermudian, not "Bermudan"

The correct word is Bermudian, like Bahamian, Bostonian, Canadian and Floridian. The incorrect usage of "Bermudan" indicates an unfamiliarity with Bermuda. Bermudians are those born in with one of the parents Bermudian or who, after 10 years of marriage to and cohabitation with a Bermudian became one, or were successful in applying for Bermudian status after many years of unblemished continuous residence. Persons born in Bermuda neither of whose parents are Bermudian are not Bermudian, unlike in other countries where being born there entitles a child to that country's citizenship. However, persons born in Bermuda become British Overseas Territory nationals, which gives them rights of residency but not Bermudian citizenship or the right to vote or buy any real estate except the most expensive in its category. For more details see Citizenship. 

ferry Bermudian

Name of this Bermuda Government ferry is "Bermudian"

Accommodation

The average nightly rate for visitors' Bermuda accommodation in mid 2018 is $378.26, according to Trip Advisor.

Bermuda Longtail

Bermuda Longtail

Airlines serving Bermuda

Enhanced security and hand baggage restrictions affect all flights between Bermuda, UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

Airport

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Arrival, hotel occupancy and departure taxes

US Dollar surcharges

A summary:

Bermuda's 36 legislators in our 21 square miles recently approved many substantially increased taxes affecting all Bermudians, residents, companies, tourists and corporate visitors, to help offset huge government debts. The airport departure tax per passenger for visitors and locals increased by $15 from $35 to $50 and by a further $25 per person from August 2015 and then a further increase of $3 per person in early 2016, to a total of $78 per person,, to help finance the planned new airport.  The tax on fuel, already hugely more than in the Caribbean, Canada, USA, about the same as in the UK, rose by five cents a litre in 2015 and a further 5.5 cents a litre from April 1 2016.  

Bermuda Customs documents for residents and visitors

Questionnaire forms are distributed by airlines and cruise ships to passengers to present on arrival. All visitors and residents arriving or returning by air or cruise ship or yacht are given a detailed questionnaire form by airlines, cruise ships and yacht clubs and are required by the Bermuda Government to complete them on both sides before they arrive at Bermuda Customs and Immigration. 

Consulates

Cost of living 

Highest in the world by for residents, tourists, visitors and senior citizens.

Credit Cards

Most international credit cards from visitors are accepted in Bermuda  but not debit cards. Prudent visitors will let their banks know they will be in Bermuda for a while. 

Consulates for emergency situations involving visitors

Visitors from the countries concerned should, in their own interests, contact their locally-based consulates in addition to family or friends at home.

Currency

See under Money.

Gasoline costs

Visitors renting locally available low-powered mopeds or scooters need to be aware that because gasoline is heavily taxed by the Bermuda Government it will cost three times more than in USA and more than double than in Canada, about the same as in London, England, and Europe.

Getting Around, as visitors

Healthcare in Bermuda, need for travel insurance

Free healthcare is not provided in Bermuda to residents or visitors. Before they arrive, visitors of all ages should get adequate travel insurance for their Bermuda stay. It should provide coverage for all possible medical bills; reimbursement for hotel or other accommodation payments made or due; an air ambulance in case of any need to be flown home; pre-existing medical conditions; and bringing a body home in the event of a death. 

British National Health Service (NHS) provisions don't apply in Bermuda. There are no free medical treatments or services available to visitors or residents There are no reciprocal health insurance arrangements with Britain, USA or Canada or Europe or any other country. The European Health Insurance Card is not recognized. For all residents of Bermuda including senior citizens medical services are often more expensive than in USA, with medical services not as extensive. Travel and medical insurance can cover these unhappy circumstances, to help ensure a holiday or vacation is not spoilt financially.

Bermuda frangipani

Hospitals

Illegal in Bermuda

All visitors by air or cruise ship need to be aware that Bermuda has a zero-tolerance policy for all drugs/narcotics, guns or other weapons and ammunition, pornography and much moreMedical marijuana is not allowed, not when when it may be back home. They will be fined substantially or imprisoned or both and will be on an international stop-list. Visitors who have allowable prescription drugs they need to take during their stay should bring medical evidence.

Money

Bermuda's official currency is the Bermuda Dollar which is fixed to the US Dollar. The US dollar is accepted everywhere here at par and this alone is the money visitors should bring. Visitors will not be able to use British Pounds sterling, Canadian dollars, Euros and other currencies. Major international credit cards (not debit cards) are accepted from visitors. Traveler's checks are no longer accepted.

Passports - and visas when applicable

Bermuda is not part of the USA but a foreign country with its own laws different from those in the UK. Bermuda requires valid passports for every visitor or newcomer from all countries including USA, Canada and United Kingdom, plus valid visas when applicable. (Non-citizens of the USA, Britain and Canada must also carry a Green Card or equivalent, showing them to be legal registered aliens there and have a valid US or UK or Canadian re-entry permit and visa if required if entering Bermuda from the USA or UK or Canada and not a citizen of that country).

Airlines and cruise operators expect passports to have at least six months validity. Wise travelers make a note of their passport number, take a photocopy of it and store it safely at home where it can be reached or take it with them. Next-of-kin details should be shown on passports. Passports should be kept secure at all times.

Visas are not required for visitors who are citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, European Union and have return tickets but may be from other countries. Prospective visitors from those countries should check with their nearest British Consul or consulate.

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