Travelling During COVID-19: What do I Need to Know ?

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Bermuda. Thankfully, lifestyle changes can often go a long way in protecting your heart. Improving your diet is one of the recommended steps you can take to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check.

Eating nutritiously can be easier than you may think, and you can start by considering types of foods to add to or limit in your diet. Being mindful about nutrition can help you choose ingredients that actively increase your wellness and limit your intake of those that don’t.


Planning ahead

Check the coronavirus status of your destination. Some countries require you to enter with a negative COVID test, some require vaccine certificates, and some may require you to quarantine on arrival.

It’s worth noting that healthcare systems experiencing higher numbers of COVID-19 cases may be overwhelmed and present a barrier to you receiving the appropriate level of care, should you require it. You can contact Bermuda Government or the embassy for your destination for more advice.

If you have not already, talk to your primary care doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine. Keep in mind that it takes approximately five weeks to be fully immunised with a two-dose vaccine (three weeks between first and second vaccines and two weeks after the second dose, for your body to build up its full immune response).

You should discuss any possible travel plans with your employer and make yourself familiar with their return-to-work policy. It is important to do so especially if you have to submit test results, stay longer than expected, or need to quarantine on your return. If you can’t return home on your original date, you will need to budget for potential extra accommodation costs.

During your trip 

Here are some precautions you can take to make your stay as safe as possible. You should:

  • Avoid crowds or places where lots of people gather.
  • Avoid anyone you suspect might be ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear a mask in all public spaces.
  • Use private transportation instead of public, if possible.
  • Try to keep six feet between yourself and others.
  • Ensure that your seasonal vaccinations are up to date.
  • Eat from drive-thru outlets or have food delivered. If you or your travelling companions fall ill before you leave, you should not travel.

If you are an Argus Health member and become ill with COVID-19 in Bermuda or overseas, Argus will cover treatment for the virus based on your health benefits plan. If you fall ill overseas and need medical care, whether in-person or virtually through telemedicine, contact the One Team Health emergency number immediately on 1-905-5322954. You can also dial the toll-free US number 1-800-720-7315 or email for advice and assistance.

COVID testing while you're away

We recommend that you research COVID-19 testing facilities near your accommodation before you travel and, if possible, pre-book your appointment to reduce your wait time. You may have to pay out of pocket if you have your test done at a private facility.

Returning to Bermuda

If you are fully vaccinated (aged two years and up), an optional COVID-19 NAAT (PCR, LAMP or TMA) test is strongly recommended up to 4 days before arrival, or a supervised antigen test is recommended up to two days before arrival. Many labs offer this service via virtual Zoom call. However, the rules for testing in Bermuda are very different for immunised and unimmunised travellers and those who have recently recovered.




Effective September 26, 2021



  • Optional pre-travel test
  • No pre-travel test: supervised antigen test on arrival
  • With pre-travel test: no on island testing

Recently Recovered


  • Optional pre-travel test
  • No pre-travel test: supervised antigen test on arrival; supervised antigen test on Day 4
  • With pre-travel test: no test on arrival; supervised antigen test on Day 4



(aged 12 years and older)

  • PCR test on arrival
  • Must quarantine for four days at an accommodation of their choice  
  • Must take a PCR quarantine exit test on Day 4
  • Must book a test 14 days after arrival



(aged 2-11 years)


  • Immunised: pre-travel test or supervised antigen test on arrival
  • Unimmunised: strongly recommended COVID-19 NAAT test up to four days before arrival; testing and quarantine requirements based on vaccination status of travelling parent or guardian



(under two)


  • No testing required


All residents two-years-old and up must also complete a Bermuda Resident Travel Authorisation Form one to three days prior to your arrival in Bermuda. You will need to indicate if you have had a certified negative pre-departure test, if you have symptoms of the illness, provide a valid email address, and agree to be tested in Bermuda. The Travel Authorisation fees are $40, per traveller. If you have Major Medical coverage (MM), are travelling for medical reasons and your treatment is not available in Bermuda, please contact OTH for information on reimbursement of testing and Travel Authorisation fees.

DISCLAIMER: The content in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.