Visitors from around the world will be walking on Bermuda’s pink sand beaches once again when the island resumes international air service for visitors on July 1, 2020.
The government of Bermuda announced today its decision to welcome air travellers as part of the island’s fourth phase of economic reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The reopening plan for visitors is comprised of five stages: pre-departure, in-flight, upon arrival, on-island, and returning home. Government officials are currently working to finalize a policy that will allow travellers who test negative for COVID-19 72 hours in advance of arrival and upon arrival to move freely around the island as long as they adhere to the local health guidelines in place at the time of visit.
“Bermuda looks forward to welcoming visitors back to our island starting July 1. Just 21 square miles with a population of 64,000, Bermuda has always been a precious resource, set apart by its geographic location and vibrant way of life. Now more than ever, we believe travellers will value our genuine hospitality, pristine beaches and open spaces—all accessible by a two-hour, non-stop flight from several East Coast North American gateways,” said Glenn Jones, interim CEO, Bermuda Tourism Authority. “The Bermuda government’s plan is rigorous: protecting the health of our community, while allowing visitors to experience our island safely and responsibly when they are ready to travel.”
Bermuda and COVID-19
As a result of a high volume of testing and contact tracing following lockdown and shelter-at-home measures, Bermuda has been successful in managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The island has:
- The world’s 12th-highest rate of testing per capita;
- 11 consecutive days of no new cases of COVID-19 as of June 11;
- and five currently active cases, none of which are critical (also as of June 11).
More information on Bermuda’s reopening plan and timeline can be found at https://www.gotobermuda.com/bta/press-release/bermuda-tourism-authority-update.