As of 1 March 2014, Bermuda entry visas and visa waivers will no longer be required for tourist and business visitors and work permit holders.

To be landed in Bermuda, the following requirements must be met:

1) all travellers who require a multi re-entry visa (MRV) must present this visa-type upon arrival in Bermuda;

2) the MRV for the UK, US or Canada must be valid for 45 days after the expiration of a visitor stay and/or of the work permit; and

3) all travellers must possess a passport that is valid for 45 days past the expiration of travel and/or of the work permit (Note: US Passport Cards are not permitted for use for travel to Bermuda by air)

Persons whose MRV and passport validity is less than 45 days will not be landed. For clarity, the passport rule (45 days validity) only applies to travellers who require an MRV. For persons arriving to take up residence in Bermuda as the spouse or dependant of a Bermudian and who require an MRV, the requirement to possess an MRV with validity of 45 days will be deemed null and void since the period of stay in Bermuda is considered more permanent.

Where an employer applies for a new work permit for a resident work permit holder who requires an MRV, the Department of Immigration will process and issue the work permit. The issuance of the work permit will assist with the application for the MRV. In accordance with Section 130 of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956, the Department of Immigration may request that the employer deposit a sum of money (estimated) with the Chief Immigration Officer, to cover the repatriation of the work permit holder and his/her spouse and dependant(s); including costs relating to the requirement for two Senior Immigration Inspectors to provide a travel escort to the home country.

Additionally, an administration fee of $208.00 will be charged to the employer should repatriation estimates by the Department of Immigration be necessary. Where repatriation with assistance by Department of Immigration is not required, the deposited sum will be refunded via normal processes by the Accountant General.

For questions/concerns relating to this change in Policy, please contact the Chief Immigration Officer or the Assistant Chief Immigration Officer.