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Travel Consideration: Bermuda

Bermuda Official Info

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Bermuda is a highly developed British overseas territory with a stable democracy and modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available.

A U.S. passport, or certified U.S. birth certificate, and photo identification are required of U.S. citizens entering Bermuda. A U.S. driverís license or voter registration card in lieu of a U.S. passport or birth certificate are not sufficient for entry into Bermuda. For additional entry requirements, travelers may contact the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 462-1340, or the British Consulate in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco. Internet:

: Bermuda has a low crime rate and incidents of violent crime are rare. However, pickpocketing, theft of unattended baggage, theft from rental motor bikes, and theft from hotel rooms, occupied and unoccupied, can occur. Popular tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, and transportation systems, are often areas where criminals operate. Valuables left unattended on beaches or in unlocked hotel rooms are also subject to theft.

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet A Safe Trip Abroad for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. This publication and others, such as Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean, are available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at

Quality medical care is available. The sole general hospital typically will request evidence of ability to pay for services upon application for treatment. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the U.S. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the U.S. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties. Check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies overseas, including provision for medical evacuation. Ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas hospital or doctor or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you that incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death. Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of Stateís Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.

While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the U.S. The information below concerning Bermuda is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of public transportation: excellent
Urban road conditions/maintenance: excellent
Rural road conditions/maintenance: good
Availability of roadside assistance: none

Bermudaís roads are paved, occasionally poorly lit and narrow with many curves. The speed limit is 34 kph (22.7 mph). Bermudans drive on the left-hand side. There are no rental cars. Tourists with valid driverís licenses may rent 50cc motorcycles.

For specific information concerning Bermuda driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism offices at 310 Madison Avenue, Suite 201, New York, N.Y, telephone (212) 818-9800, or via the Internet at

While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that countryís laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Bermudaís laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bermuda are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

For information on international adoption of children, international parental child abduction, and international child support enforcement issues, please refer to our Internet site at's_issues.html or telephone (202) 736-7000.

U.S. citizens may register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General, located at Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire DV03, telephone (441) 295-1342, where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security in Bermuda. Office hours are Monday-Friday, except Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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