Arriving by Private Vessel
Sailing into Bermuda is an ideal way to experience our crystal clear waters and dramatic scenery from afar and up close.
Follow these simple guidelines to make your clearance as smooth as possible:
- All private yachts entering our waters are required to obtain Immigration, Customs, and Health Clearance in the port of St. George's. The clearance facility is located at the eastern end of Ordnance Island
- Yachts arriving from overseas ports are usually cleared with a minimum of formality
- Upon approach, visiting yachtsmen must contact Bermuda Radio, which will guide you into St. George's Harbour and direct you to Customs clearance berthing
- The Customs boarding officer, who normally carries out clearance for all three departments, brings all documents required for clearance on board. The officer will also collect a passenger tax of US$35 from each person on board.
- A valid, machine-readable passport is the required document for entry into Bermuda
Extended Stays for Visiting Yachts and their Crew
With effect from 1st
June, 2011, visiting yachtsmen and their crews will be granted a maximum three
month stay on arrival in Bermuda. In keeping with best practice and standard
immigration policy, visiting yachtsmen and their crew will be required to
- proof of citizenship;
- financial means to repatriate themselves by air (if required);
- proof of health insurance; and
- a declaration not seek or take up employment in Bermuda.
The fee for this extended stay is set at a nominal $250.00 for each member of the crew and each passenger. Extensions for up to a further three months will also be permitted on application to the Department of Immigration and the fee is $100.00.
For detailed information about travelling to Bermuda via private yacht, visit the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre website.