Bermuda has set out strict procedures for welcoming back cruise ship calls with changes to its current quarantine legislation.
The most recent amendments to the Quarantine Order set out border rules for passengers arriving by sea.
It describes a cruise passenger as “a person who intends to travel by sea to and be landed in Bermuda”.
The amendment makes a specific distinction between a mariner and a cruise passenger pointing out that “a mariner as is a sailor, and so cruise passengers are identified separately.”
Cruise passengers visiting Bermuda are now required to adhere to the specific protocols. They must obtain a COVID-19 vaccination, a negative COVID-19 PCR test result no more than four days before departure from their last port before arriving in Bermuda, and must apply for (and obtain) a travel authorisation (TA) by completing the specified form on the Government’s Portal.
The government says if an unvaccinated passenger arrives in the jurisdiction “that person, similar to mariners, must quarantine on board the ship as directed by the Chief Medical Officer.”
Bermuda is now gradually restarting its cruise sector after the global cruise industry was halted due to the outbreak COVID-19 aboard several ships last year.