Island Jewel
Business Traveler|October/November 2020
Island Jewel
In a pandemic world, Bermuda is one place that appears to be open and ready for both business and pleasure
RAMSEY QUBEIN

As parts of the world remain off-limits to many travelers, the island of Bermuda provides inspiration and rejuvenation with stunning natural beauty, an historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, and world-class golf and tennis. Most importantly, it is open and welcoming visitors.

At press time, Bermuda was one of only four other places in the world to be assessed with “moderate” COVID-19 risk level according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has also been awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council’s “Safe Travels” Stamp for its enhanced health and hygiene protocols.

Roughly 650 miles offthe coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda does not share the same characteristics of many tourist-thronged Caribbean islands. Notably, it has cooler temperatures in the fall and winter making it practical for outdoor sporting activities. With a more laid-back atmosphere, it packs plenty of sunny paradise views, pink sand beaches, and European-getaway flair.

THE LOGISTICS OF VISITING

NOW Bermuda’s international airport reopened July 1 with nonstop flights from many US East Coast cities as well as London. During travel and while at the airport, face masks are required for passengers and staff.

Within the seven days prior to departure, visitors must obtain proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to travel to the island. In addition, they must complete a travel authorization form within 48 hours of departure. The form requires a $75 fee, which covers the subsequent required testing once in Bermuda. Upon arrival, visitors must quarantine for 24 hours while they await the results of an additional COVID-19 test.

While on the island, non-residents must report their daily temperatures via an online portal and take follow-up COVID-19 tests on the fourth, eighth, and fourteenth days of their visit. These measures are an important way to mitigate risk, which is especially important when isolated on an island.

These protocols apply to visitors no matter the length of their stay. These serious protocols are part of what might make this especially appealing to people who are considering a temporary move to Bermuda to work remotely.

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October/November 2020