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Bermuda

Bermuda
Bermuda
Last Updated: July 6, 2015

Exercise normal precautions in Bermuda.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If yo

Exercise normal precautions in Bermuda.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Bermuda:

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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

No

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton

16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda

Telephone: +(441) 295-1342

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(441) 335-3828

Fax: +(441) 295-1592

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Destination Description

Bermuda is a British overseas territory with a stable democracy and developed economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Bermuda for additional information on U.S and Bermuda relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

All persons traveling between the United States and Bermuda are required to present a passport to enter Bermuda or re-enter the United States. Travelers with questions concerning travel to Bermuda may contact the British Embassy in Washington, DC or any of the British Consulate General offices across the United States. Visit the British Embassy website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Bermuda.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

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Safety and Security

To stay connected:

Crime: By comparison to the United States, Bermuda has a low to moderate crime rate. Recent crime statistics are available at the official website of the Bermuda Police Service. Valuables left unattended in public areas, in unsecured hotel rooms, or on rental motorbikes are vulnerable to theft. Criminals have been known to target visitors on motorbikes and at popular tourist attractions, and purse snatchings (perpetrated by thieves riding motorbikes) and muggings have occurred in the past. The back streets of the City of Hamilton have been the setting for nighttime assaults, particularly at night after the bars close. Travelers should exercise caution when walking after dark or visiting out-of-the-way places on the island as they can be vulnerable to theft and assault, and because narrow and dark roadways can contribute to accidents.

Travelers should note the presence of gangs and illegal drug activity in Bermuda. There have been no reports of gang violence targeted towards visitors to Bermuda, although gang-related shooting incidents have occurred and continue to occur throughout the island. In November and December 2014 alone, there were four shooting incidents that resulted on one death and four wounded persons.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law. 

Victims of Crime: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:

  • Replace a stolen passport.
  • Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
  • Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
  • Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

Although Bermuda does not have a formalized Victims of Crime Program, there is a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board c/o The Supreme Court, 113 Front Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda. Telephone (441) 292-1350. Facsimile (441) 292-2268.

As in the United States, the emergency line in Bermuda is “911.”

Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: While you are traveling in Bermuda, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Bermuda, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going. 

Persons violating Bermuda’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Bermuda Customs routinely boards visiting cruise ships with drug sniffing dogs and will arrest persons found to have any illegal drugs in their cabin. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bermuda are severe, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and/or heavy fines. In December 2014, Bermuda passed legislation adding cannabinoid pharmaceutical products Dronabinol (Marinol), Nabilone (Cesamet), and Nabiximols (Sativex) to the list of substances available by prescription. Having a prescription for marijuana or any other drug currently illegal in Bermuda will not protect you from arrest or prosecution for possession of that illegal drug.

Special Circumstances: The Department of State warns United States citizens against taking any type of firearm, ammunition or component of a firearm into Bermuda. The Bermuda government strictly enforces its laws restricting the entry of weapons and ammunition. Entering Bermuda with a firearm, some bladed instruments, an ammunition magazine, or even a single round of ammunition is illegal, even if the weapon or ammunition is taken into the country unintentionally. Permission to import or own a gun in Bermuda must be sought in advance from the Bermuda Police Service. Any privately owned firearms must be secured at Bermuda Police Headquarters. Violations may result in arrest, convictions, and potentially long prison sentences. Pepper sprays and stun guns are considered dangerous weapons in Bermuda and are illegal. 

Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.

LGBT Rights: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events inBermuda. However, Bermuda does not have any legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Bermuda does not recognize same sex marriage or civil unions. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Bermuda, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.

Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is available in the United States. Bermuda does not currently have legislation on access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. Very few hotels would be considered fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We recommend you always check with the hotel or property where you will be staying to see if their dimensions for rooms, doors, and bathrooms are ADA-compliant. Outside of the City of Hamilton, sidewalks are generally unavailable or not suitable for wheelchairs. Public ferries are handicap accessible, as are some of the public buses, but most bus stops are not. Handicap accessible taxis are available for hire in Bermuda.

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Health

Adequate medical care is available for routine procedures, though extremely expensive. The onlye hospital in Bermuda performs general surgery and has an emergency room and intensive care unit. Serious or complex medical programs will likely require medical evacuation to the United States. Most Bermudian health care providers including the local hospital do not accept overseas insurance and will expect payment at the time of service.

You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions, on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. The WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

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Travel and Transportation

Automobiles
Driving on the island is on the left, British-style, and the maximum speed limit is 15 mph in Hamilton and 21 mph on the rest of the island. Under Bermudian law, non-residents are not allowed to own, rent, or drive four-wheeled vehicles, except for a limited number of all electric rental mini cars that hold two passengers. Non-residents must rely on taxis, buses or rental scooters.

Buses/Ferries
There is a regular, island-wide public bus and ferry service, and daily and weekly passes are available at the central bus terminal, or Visitors’ Service Bureau or ferry terminal in Hamilton. Bus schedules can be viewed on this link, and ferry schedules can be viewed on this link.

Scooters
Rental motor scooter are readily available, and the required helmet is provided. However, visitors should carefully consider whether or not it is worth the risk to ride a scooter. Motor scooters provide the greatest road peril in Bermuda; local operators tend to abuse the speed limit more than other drivers, and they will often pass on the left or right with no warning. Those unfamiliar with driving on the left are likely to find the roundabouts and regulations for yielding at junctions confusing and dangerous. In addition, vehicles often stop on the side of the road, blocking one lane of traffic. Main roads, while generally in good condition, are extremely narrow and tend to be bordered by heavy vegetation or stone walls. Travelers who rent scooters should be aware while the speed limit in Bermuda is low, scooter accidents involving visitors are relatively common, and can sometimes be fatal or involve serious injuries.

Taxis
Taxis are readily available for use across the island, although local rates are somewhat pricey by US standards.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton

16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda

Telephone: +(441) 295-1342

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(441) 335-3828

Fax: +(441) 295-1592

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General Information

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom extended the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) to Bermuda on December 21, 1998.  Bermuda and the United States have been treaty partners under the Hague Abduction Convention since March 1, 1999.

For information concerning travel to Bermuda, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Bermuda.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Bermuda.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

 

The Bermudian Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is The Attorney General.  The Attorney General’s office performs the duties given to central authorities under the Hague Abduction Convention, including processing Hague Abduction Convention applications for return of and access to children.  They can be reached at:

The Attorney General
Attorney General's Chambers
Global House
43 Church Street
HAMILTON HM12
Bermuda
Telephone: +441-292-2463
Fax:  +441-292-3608
Email:  agc@gov.bm

 

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Bermuda, the left-behind parent must submit a Hague application to the Bermudian Central Authority (The Attorney General), either directly, or through the U.S. Central Authority (USCA).  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to The Attorney General, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Bermudian central authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the sole responsibility of the person hiring the attorney.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Bermuda.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Bermuda.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit Hague Convention applications to a court in Bermuda. The Attorney General assigns a Crown Counsel to the Hague case to submit the Hague application to the court, and to monitor the case. The Crown Counsel does not serve as the legal representative of the left behind parent. Left behind parents may choose to hire a private attorney, and for financially qualified applicants, legal assistance is available through the BCA. A privately-hired attorney should contact the BCA as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the BCA. 

The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda posts  list of attorneys who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly

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Mediation

While the Government of Bermuda may recommend mediation, all such mediation services are conducted privately at the expense of the parties involved.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: $54 birth certificate, $78 birth certificate express

Document Name: Birth certificate or birth certificate express

Issuing Authority: A birth certificate is issued by the Registrar General on general form C.S.O. No. 90.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office. The long form lists the names of the parent(s), while the short form does not.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: Birth in Bermuda

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: $54 death certificate, $78 death certificate express

Document Name:  Death certificate or death certificate express

Issuing Authority: Records of deaths are kept by the Registrar General and are issued under the seal of that office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.               

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: Death in Bermuda

Procedure for Obtaining: These documents may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: $30

Document Name:  Marriage certificate

Issuing Authority: Records of marriages are kept by the Registrar General and are issued under the seal of that office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.               

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: 1. Submit Notice of Intended Marriage and fee to Registry General, 2. Marriage license obtained within 15 days and given to Marriage Officer, 3. Following the wedding, the Marriage Officer completes a Particulars of Marriage and sends to the Registry General, 4. The Registry General sends the Marriage Certificate within 10 days of receipt of the Particulars of Marriage

Procedure for Obtaining:  These documents may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Divorce decree

Issuing Authority: Obtainable from the Registrar's Chambers, Supreme Court of Bermuda, Hamilton 5-24, Bermuda.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Supreme Court Registry

Registration Criteria: If either party to the marriage is “domiciled’ in Bermuda or has been resident continuously in Bermuda for at least one year, Bermuda courts can entertain a divorce petition.

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtainable in person or by mail from the Registrar's Chambers, Supreme Court of Bermuda, Hamilton 5-24, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document name: Adoption order

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Community, Culture, and Sports

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Child and Family Services

Registration Criteria: 1. The child is a resident of Bermuda or was born in Bermuda, or 2. The child has been brought into Bermuda for the purpose of adoption pursuant to an approval granted by the court under section 47 of the Adoption of Children Act 2006, 3. Application to adopt a child in Bermuda must be filed before the child’s 17th birthday.

Procedure for Obtaining: A person seeking to adopt a child must apply to the Magistrates Court for an adoption order, along with the required documents and fees

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

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Identity Card

National ID Cards

Unavailable

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: $100

Document Name: Bermuda Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: Police records are issued by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Black and white chart format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Bermuda Police Service

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: To obtain a record check, including any spent convictions, bring your U.S. Consulate appointment confirmation page and a color photocopy of the passport page showing your picture to the Criminal Records office building at 10 Headquarters Hill, Prospect Devonshire, DV 02. The BPS charges $100 for this service. Bring all documents in a sealed envelope to Consulate at time of interview.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: In Bermuda it is possible to have serious convictions legally removed from one's police record; therefore, it is important that applicants authorize release of any spent convictions or certificates of rehabilitation.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: $10 (standard) or $100 (expedited- ready in 48 hours)

Document Name: Bermuda Conviction Record

Issuing Authority: Magistrate Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal of the Magistrates Court of Bermuda affixed on document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Records Department

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: For updated conviction record (previous waiver granted on or after 2006): apply at Magistrate Court in the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building, 8 Court Street, Hamilton, HM 12. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor via the security check point to the Traffic, Criminal & Parking Office. The court charges $10 for this service. Bring all documents in a sealed envelope to Consulate at time of interview.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: Information not available

Document Name: Information not available

Issuing Authority: Persons who had military service in Bermuda may obtain military records from the Bermuda Regiment, P.O. HM 1006, Hamilton, HM DX, and Bermuda.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/ color / format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel tittle

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: There is no procedure for obtaining

Certified Copies Available: Information not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Passports & Other Travel Documents: The Bermuda passport itself does not meet the passport requirements of the INA because it does not indicate nationality and entitlement to enter Bermuda. Bermuda passports are usually endorsed to indicate "British Dependent Territories Citizen", "British Citizen" or "Commonwealth Citizen" and may be issued to Bermudians, British citizens, all Commonwealth nationals, and anyone born in Bermuda, regardless of nationality, or lack thereof. Birth in Bermuda is not sufficient for Bermuda status, the nearest equivalent of nationality on this British Dependent Territory. Occasionally, there may be an endorsement in the passport indicating that the "HOLDER POSSESSES BERMUDIAN STATUS". However, this endorsement is added in the passport only at the request of the bearer. In order to fulfill the passport requirements of the INA, Bermuda passports must have this endorsement, or a separate certificate of Bermuda status should be presented with the passport. In addition, if the bearer does not possess Bermudian status, s/he must have a landing permit, reentry permit, or residential certificate/card for entry.

Fees: $160 adult passport, $80 child under age 16 passport, $127 temporary, restricted validity passport, $166 providing express service for temporary passport

Document Name: British Overseas Territories Citizen Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs Department of Immigration

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Maroon book imprinted with “British Passport” at top and “Government of Bermuda” at bottom, along with UK Coat of Arms

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Minister of Home Affairs

Registration Criteria: Hold British Overseas Territory Citizenship

Procedure for Obtaining: Fill out British Overseas Territory Citizen Passport Application and submit to the Passport Issuing Office

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The holder's nationality must be stated as either "British Overseas Territories Citizen" or "British Dependent Territories Citizen". The passport must contain one of the following endorsement stamps: "Holder is registered as a Bermudian", "Holder Possesses Bermudian Status" or "Holder is deemed to possess Bermudian status"

Other Documents Available: None

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Hamilton, Bermuda (Consulate General)

Address:

Mailing Address:
5300 Hamilton Place
Washington, DC 20521-5300

Street Address:
Crown Hill
16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV03

Phone Number:  1-441-295-1342

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:  None

 

Visa Services

Visa Services:  All visa categories for all of Bermuda.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton
16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda
Telephone
+(441) 295-1342
Emergency
+(441) 335-3828
Fax
+(441) 295-1592
Bermuda Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Bermuda
Bermuda
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

No

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton

16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda

Telephone: +(441) 295-1342

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(441) 335-3828

Fax: +(441) 295-1592

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Destination Description

Bermuda is a British overseas territory with a stable democracy and developed economy. Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Bermuda for additional information on U.S and Bermuda relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

All persons traveling between the United States and Bermuda are required to present a passport to enter Bermuda or re-enter the United States. Travelers with questions concerning travel to Bermuda may contact the British Embassy in Washington, DC or any of the British Consulate General offices across the United States. Visit the British Embassy website for the most current visa information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Bermuda.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

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Safety and Security

To stay connected:

Crime: By comparison to the United States, Bermuda has a low to moderate crime rate. Recent crime statistics are available at the official website of the Bermuda Police Service. Valuables left unattended in public areas, in unsecured hotel rooms, or on rental motorbikes are vulnerable to theft. Criminals have been known to target visitors on motorbikes and at popular tourist attractions, and purse snatchings (perpetrated by thieves riding motorbikes) and muggings have occurred in the past. The back streets of the City of Hamilton have been the setting for nighttime assaults, particularly at night after the bars close. Travelers should exercise caution when walking after dark or visiting out-of-the-way places on the island as they can be vulnerable to theft and assault, and because narrow and dark roadways can contribute to accidents.

Travelers should note the presence of gangs and illegal drug activity in Bermuda. There have been no reports of gang violence targeted towards visitors to Bermuda, although gang-related shooting incidents have occurred and continue to occur throughout the island. In November and December 2014 alone, there were four shooting incidents that resulted on one death and four wounded persons.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law. 

Victims of Crime: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:

  • Replace a stolen passport.
  • Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
  • Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
  • Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

Although Bermuda does not have a formalized Victims of Crime Program, there is a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board c/o The Supreme Court, 113 Front Street, Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda. Telephone (441) 292-1350. Facsimile (441) 292-2268.

As in the United States, the emergency line in Bermuda is “911.”

Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: While you are traveling in Bermuda, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Bermuda, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going. 

Persons violating Bermuda’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Bermuda Customs routinely boards visiting cruise ships with drug sniffing dogs and will arrest persons found to have any illegal drugs in their cabin. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bermuda are severe, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and/or heavy fines. In December 2014, Bermuda passed legislation adding cannabinoid pharmaceutical products Dronabinol (Marinol), Nabilone (Cesamet), and Nabiximols (Sativex) to the list of substances available by prescription. Having a prescription for marijuana or any other drug currently illegal in Bermuda will not protect you from arrest or prosecution for possession of that illegal drug.

Special Circumstances: The Department of State warns United States citizens against taking any type of firearm, ammunition or component of a firearm into Bermuda. The Bermuda government strictly enforces its laws restricting the entry of weapons and ammunition. Entering Bermuda with a firearm, some bladed instruments, an ammunition magazine, or even a single round of ammunition is illegal, even if the weapon or ammunition is taken into the country unintentionally. Permission to import or own a gun in Bermuda must be sought in advance from the Bermuda Police Service. Any privately owned firearms must be secured at Bermuda Police Headquarters. Violations may result in arrest, convictions, and potentially long prison sentences. Pepper sprays and stun guns are considered dangerous weapons in Bermuda and are illegal. 

Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.

LGBT Rights: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events inBermuda. However, Bermuda does not have any legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Bermuda does not recognize same sex marriage or civil unions. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Bermuda, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.

Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is available in the United States. Bermuda does not currently have legislation on access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. Very few hotels would be considered fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We recommend you always check with the hotel or property where you will be staying to see if their dimensions for rooms, doors, and bathrooms are ADA-compliant. Outside of the City of Hamilton, sidewalks are generally unavailable or not suitable for wheelchairs. Public ferries are handicap accessible, as are some of the public buses, but most bus stops are not. Handicap accessible taxis are available for hire in Bermuda.

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Health

Adequate medical care is available for routine procedures, though extremely expensive. The onlye hospital in Bermuda performs general surgery and has an emergency room and intensive care unit. Serious or complex medical programs will likely require medical evacuation to the United States. Most Bermudian health care providers including the local hospital do not accept overseas insurance and will expect payment at the time of service.

You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions, on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. The WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

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Travel and Transportation

Automobiles
Driving on the island is on the left, British-style, and the maximum speed limit is 15 mph in Hamilton and 21 mph on the rest of the island. Under Bermudian law, non-residents are not allowed to own, rent, or drive four-wheeled vehicles, except for a limited number of all electric rental mini cars that hold two passengers. Non-residents must rely on taxis, buses or rental scooters.

Buses/Ferries
There is a regular, island-wide public bus and ferry service, and daily and weekly passes are available at the central bus terminal, or Visitors’ Service Bureau or ferry terminal in Hamilton. Bus schedules can be viewed on this link, and ferry schedules can be viewed on this link.

Scooters
Rental motor scooter are readily available, and the required helmet is provided. However, visitors should carefully consider whether or not it is worth the risk to ride a scooter. Motor scooters provide the greatest road peril in Bermuda; local operators tend to abuse the speed limit more than other drivers, and they will often pass on the left or right with no warning. Those unfamiliar with driving on the left are likely to find the roundabouts and regulations for yielding at junctions confusing and dangerous. In addition, vehicles often stop on the side of the road, blocking one lane of traffic. Main roads, while generally in good condition, are extremely narrow and tend to be bordered by heavy vegetation or stone walls. Travelers who rent scooters should be aware while the speed limit in Bermuda is low, scooter accidents involving visitors are relatively common, and can sometimes be fatal or involve serious injuries.

Taxis
Taxis are readily available for use across the island, although local rates are somewhat pricey by US standards.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton

16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda

Telephone: +(441) 295-1342

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(441) 335-3828

Fax: +(441) 295-1592

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General Information

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom extended the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) to Bermuda on December 21, 1998.  Bermuda and the United States have been treaty partners under the Hague Abduction Convention since March 1, 1999.

For information concerning travel to Bermuda, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Bermuda.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Bermuda.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

 

The Bermudian Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is The Attorney General.  The Attorney General’s office performs the duties given to central authorities under the Hague Abduction Convention, including processing Hague Abduction Convention applications for return of and access to children.  They can be reached at:

The Attorney General
Attorney General's Chambers
Global House
43 Church Street
HAMILTON HM12
Bermuda
Telephone: +441-292-2463
Fax:  +441-292-3608
Email:  agc@gov.bm

 

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Bermuda, the left-behind parent must submit a Hague application to the Bermudian Central Authority (The Attorney General), either directly, or through the U.S. Central Authority (USCA).  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to The Attorney General, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or Bermudian central authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the sole responsibility of the person hiring the attorney.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Bermuda.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Bermuda.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit Hague Convention applications to a court in Bermuda. The Attorney General assigns a Crown Counsel to the Hague case to submit the Hague application to the court, and to monitor the case. The Crown Counsel does not serve as the legal representative of the left behind parent. Left behind parents may choose to hire a private attorney, and for financially qualified applicants, legal assistance is available through the BCA. A privately-hired attorney should contact the BCA as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the BCA. 

The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda posts  list of attorneys who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly

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Mediation

While the Government of Bermuda may recommend mediation, all such mediation services are conducted privately at the expense of the parties involved.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: $54 birth certificate, $78 birth certificate express

Document Name: Birth certificate or birth certificate express

Issuing Authority: A birth certificate is issued by the Registrar General on general form C.S.O. No. 90.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office. The long form lists the names of the parent(s), while the short form does not.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: Birth in Bermuda

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: $54 death certificate, $78 death certificate express

Document Name:  Death certificate or death certificate express

Issuing Authority: Records of deaths are kept by the Registrar General and are issued under the seal of that office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.               

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: Death in Bermuda

Procedure for Obtaining: These documents may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: $30

Document Name:  Marriage certificate

Issuing Authority: Records of marriages are kept by the Registrar General and are issued under the seal of that office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.               

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registry General

Registration Criteria: 1. Submit Notice of Intended Marriage and fee to Registry General, 2. Marriage license obtained within 15 days and given to Marriage Officer, 3. Following the wedding, the Marriage Officer completes a Particulars of Marriage and sends to the Registry General, 4. The Registry General sends the Marriage Certificate within 10 days of receipt of the Particulars of Marriage

Procedure for Obtaining:  These documents may be requested by mail by writing to the Registry General, Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Divorce decree

Issuing Authority: Obtainable from the Registrar's Chambers, Supreme Court of Bermuda, Hamilton 5-24, Bermuda.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Supreme Court Registry

Registration Criteria: If either party to the marriage is “domiciled’ in Bermuda or has been resident continuously in Bermuda for at least one year, Bermuda courts can entertain a divorce petition.

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtainable in person or by mail from the Registrar's Chambers, Supreme Court of Bermuda, Hamilton 5-24, Bermuda.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document name: Adoption order

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Community, Culture, and Sports

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A red wafer seal is placed on the form and is impressed with the seal of the office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Child and Family Services

Registration Criteria: 1. The child is a resident of Bermuda or was born in Bermuda, or 2. The child has been brought into Bermuda for the purpose of adoption pursuant to an approval granted by the court under section 47 of the Adoption of Children Act 2006, 3. Application to adopt a child in Bermuda must be filed before the child’s 17th birthday.

Procedure for Obtaining: A person seeking to adopt a child must apply to the Magistrates Court for an adoption order, along with the required documents and fees

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

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Identity Card

National ID Cards

Unavailable

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: $100

Document Name: Bermuda Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: Police records are issued by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Black and white chart format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Bermuda Police Service

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: To obtain a record check, including any spent convictions, bring your U.S. Consulate appointment confirmation page and a color photocopy of the passport page showing your picture to the Criminal Records office building at 10 Headquarters Hill, Prospect Devonshire, DV 02. The BPS charges $100 for this service. Bring all documents in a sealed envelope to Consulate at time of interview.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: In Bermuda it is possible to have serious convictions legally removed from one's police record; therefore, it is important that applicants authorize release of any spent convictions or certificates of rehabilitation.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: $10 (standard) or $100 (expedited- ready in 48 hours)

Document Name: Bermuda Conviction Record

Issuing Authority: Magistrate Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal of the Magistrates Court of Bermuda affixed on document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Records Department

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: For updated conviction record (previous waiver granted on or after 2006): apply at Magistrate Court in the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building, 8 Court Street, Hamilton, HM 12. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor via the security check point to the Traffic, Criminal & Parking Office. The court charges $10 for this service. Bring all documents in a sealed envelope to Consulate at time of interview.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: Information not available

Document Name: Information not available

Issuing Authority: Persons who had military service in Bermuda may obtain military records from the Bermuda Regiment, P.O. HM 1006, Hamilton, HM DX, and Bermuda.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/ color / format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel tittle

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: There is no procedure for obtaining

Certified Copies Available: Information not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Passports & Other Travel Documents: The Bermuda passport itself does not meet the passport requirements of the INA because it does not indicate nationality and entitlement to enter Bermuda. Bermuda passports are usually endorsed to indicate "British Dependent Territories Citizen", "British Citizen" or "Commonwealth Citizen" and may be issued to Bermudians, British citizens, all Commonwealth nationals, and anyone born in Bermuda, regardless of nationality, or lack thereof. Birth in Bermuda is not sufficient for Bermuda status, the nearest equivalent of nationality on this British Dependent Territory. Occasionally, there may be an endorsement in the passport indicating that the "HOLDER POSSESSES BERMUDIAN STATUS". However, this endorsement is added in the passport only at the request of the bearer. In order to fulfill the passport requirements of the INA, Bermuda passports must have this endorsement, or a separate certificate of Bermuda status should be presented with the passport. In addition, if the bearer does not possess Bermudian status, s/he must have a landing permit, reentry permit, or residential certificate/card for entry.

Fees: $160 adult passport, $80 child under age 16 passport, $127 temporary, restricted validity passport, $166 providing express service for temporary passport

Document Name: British Overseas Territories Citizen Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs Department of Immigration

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Maroon book imprinted with “British Passport” at top and “Government of Bermuda” at bottom, along with UK Coat of Arms

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Minister of Home Affairs

Registration Criteria: Hold British Overseas Territory Citizenship

Procedure for Obtaining: Fill out British Overseas Territory Citizen Passport Application and submit to the Passport Issuing Office

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The holder's nationality must be stated as either "British Overseas Territories Citizen" or "British Dependent Territories Citizen". The passport must contain one of the following endorsement stamps: "Holder is registered as a Bermudian", "Holder Possesses Bermudian Status" or "Holder is deemed to possess Bermudian status"

Other Documents Available: None

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Hamilton, Bermuda (Consulate General)

Address:

Mailing Address:
5300 Hamilton Place
Washington, DC 20521-5300

Street Address:
Crown Hill
16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV03

Phone Number:  1-441-295-1342

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:  None

 

Visa Services

Visa Services:  All visa categories for all of Bermuda.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hamilton
16 Middle Road
Devonshire DV 03
Bermuda
Telephone
+(441) 295-1342
Emergency
+(441) 335-3828
Fax
+(441) 295-1592
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