Bermuda — Visas and Vaccinations
British, Americans, Canadians, Irish, Australians, and New Zealanders can all enter Bermuda visa-free, with stays of 21 days or less permitted initially. Visitors must have accommodation pre-booked, along with proof of a return or onward flight ticket. Those arriving by cruise ship will just need to show a valid passport.
Health and Safety
Bermuda gets hot in summer, so always have a bottle of water on hand. You are never far from habitation/shops, but be sure to carry water if hiking in the west or when walking the Railway Trail, for example. The use of sun block when on the beach and when boating is a must at any time of year, especially for the little ones.
Food served in restaurants is of a high quality, but check ahead if your hotel’s tap water is potable as there is no fresh water supply on Bermuda. Better still, stick with bottled water. Healthcare is expensive so be sure to have travel insurance. The British National Health Service does not apply here. There are no special vaccinations to procure before travel and no risk of malaria, but ensure tetanus boosters are up to date along with other standard vaccinations.
Bermuda is safer than other popular Caribbean holiday destinations, though violent crime is not unheard of. It is safe to wander about day or night, but remain vigilant and avoid carrying lots of cash. Keep an eye on bags on the beach and take a note of taxi numbers.
If you’ve never ridden before, avoid renting a scooter as the roads are tricky to navigate and very narrow most of the time. Be sure to take it slow and always wear a helmet. Also, lock up whenever parked as scooter theft is quite common.
Homosexuals are tolerated in Bermuda, but homosexuality is still taboo, so try to keep a low profile on the street as well as in nightclubs. There are no openly advertised gay clubs for tourists, but there are places for all people to party under the radar.