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Passports

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, passports have been strictly required to get out of and back into your respective country. Another acceptable document is the U.S. Passport Card, which is a newer, limited-use travel document that fits into your wallet and costs less than a U.S. passport. But it is only valid by land and sea, not air travel.

Bermuda Immigration authorities require U.S. citizens to have at least one of the following items in their possession: a birth certificate (or a certified copy of it accompanied by a photo ID), a U.S. naturalization certificate, a valid passport, a U.S. Alien Registration card, or a U.S. reentry permit. Go with the passport, because you will need it to reenter the U.S.

Bermuda Immigration authorities require visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe to show a valid passport. All visitors must have a return or onward ticket in addition to their valid passport or original birth certificate.

Any traveler staying in Bermuda longer than 3 weeks must apply to the Chief Immigration Officer in person, at the Government Administration Building, 30 Parliament St., Hamilton HM 12, Bermuda (tel. 441/295-5151; www.immigration.gov.bm) for an extended stay. You will be asked to fill out an immigration application for an extended stay, which then will or will not be approved by authorities.

The websites listed below provide downloadable passport applications as well as the current fees for processing passport applications.

Australia -- Australian Passport Information Service (tel. 131-232, or visit www.passports.gov.au).

Canada -- Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G3 (tel. 800/567-6868; www.ppt.gc.ca).

Ireland -- Passport Office, Setanta Centre, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (tel. 01/671-1633; www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie).

New Zealand -- Passports Office, Department of Internal Affairs, 47 Boulcott Street, Wellington, 6011 (tel. 0800/225-050 in New Zealand or 04/474-8100; www.passports.govt.nz).

United Kingdom -- Visit your nearest passport office, major post office, or travel agency or contact the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), 89 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1PN (tel. 0300/222-0000; www.ips.gov.uk).

United States -- To find your regional passport office, check the U.S. State Department website (travel.state.gov/passport) or call the National Passport Information Center (tel. 877/487-2778) for automated information.

Visas

Americans who plan to be in Bermuda less than 90 days don't need a visa. Likewise, for the same stays, British citizens, as well as Canadians, Australians, South Africans, New Zealanders, and Irish nationals, don't need a visa. For travelers from other nations, passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Before planning a trip to Bermuda, check with your local embassy or consulate.

Customs

Visitors may bring into Bermuda duty-free apparel and articles for their personal use, including sports equipment, cameras, 200 cigarettes, 1 liter of liquor, and 1 liter of wine. Certain foodstuffs may be subject to duties. All imports may be inspected on arrival. Visitors entering Bermuda may also claim a duty-free gift allowance.

Persons who are taking prescription medication must inform Bermuda customs officials at the point of entry. Medicines must be in labeled containers. Travelers should carry a copy of the written prescription and a letter from the physician or pharmacist confirming the reason the medicine is prescribed.

When you're leaving Bermuda (if you're flying back to the U.S.), a customs inspector will ask to see a copy of the incoming Bermuda form that was stamped and given to you as you cleared Bermuda Customs. Make sure that you hold onto it and can produce it on short notice.

For additional information on temporary admission, export and customs regulations, and tariffs, contact Bermuda Customs at tel. 441/295-4816 or customs@gov.bm, or visit the Bermuda Customs website at www.customs.gov.bm.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.