Entering BDA: Canadians Now Require Passports

May 3, 2010

Effective May 1, 2010, Bermuda’s Department of Immigration started requiring Canadian citizens to present a passport when entering Bermuda.

Historically, Canadians were the only nationals permitted to enter Bermuda by presenting a long-form birth certificate with valid photo identification as proof of their citizenship in lieu of a valid passport.

The Department says the change has been made in order to standardize the process.

Bermuda Director of Tourism for Bermuda William Griffith said:

Canada is an ever-important tourism market for Bermuda, and we don’t anticipate this change to cause a noticeable impact on Canadians traveling to the destination.

Reports indicate nearly 100 percent of all Canadians that visited Bermuda over the past year have entered using a valid passport and with WestJet’s new daily non-stop service from Toronto Pearson International Airport providing additional options to visit, we feel confident that Bermuda will continue to be a popular destination for Canadians.

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