No Pre-Test Residents Fee Increased To $300

December 16, 2020 | 7 Comments

New regulations have been posted online which serve to increase the fee for residents who are returning to the island without a Covid-19 pretest from $30 to $300.

The Quarantine [Covid-19] [No. 3] Amendment [No. 7] Order 2020 states that the “Quarantine [COVID-19] [No. 3] Order 2020 is amended in paragraph 7[2][c] by deleting “$30” and substituting “$300”.”

The relevant section of the original regulations cited above about the Travel Authorisation fee said, “$30 for each person 10 years and above who is a resident of Bermuda and who has not conducted a pre-arrival Covid-19 PCR test before arrival in Bermuda.”

This was previously announced by Premier David Burt in the House of Assembly on Friday [Dec 11], with the Premier saying, “We have increased the protections at our border, to bolster the protections provided to our country. The Ministry of Health has revised the activities allowed for travellers and all persons who arrive in Bermuda will be subject to those restrictions.

“Additionally, with the new agreement announced yesterday with US retail giant Costco to get a pre-test, there is no longer an excuse for residents to not obtain a valid pre-test prior to boarding.

“Therefore the fee a resident to return without a pre-test will be increased from $30 to $300. This increase will discourage residents from boarding flights without a valid pre-test, and will help to fund the enhanced monitoring of those persons arriving without a pre-test.”

The regulations have an operative date of December 16th, 2020 – as in today.

The full Quarantine [Covid-19] [No. 3] Amendment [No. 7] follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. William Forbes says:

    Does COSCO in the UK also offer the Covid tests?

  2. Kevin says:

    Make it a $1000.OO charge to incentivize returning residents to get a pre-test. Many have come back positive and therefore infected people on the flight, remember the BA flight that had to be quarantined!

  3. Bruce says:

    ..maddness… i go back and forth for medical..1 to 3 days… which makes it impossible to get a pretest.. so i am supose to pay 300 just to basically come back home… thats maddness!!

    • Kathy says:

      They should make it optional …. $300 or quarantine until you have to leave again. Simple.

      • Fake it till you make it says:

        It’s almost like they want to create an incentive for fake test results init?

  4. Guy Smiley says:

    “The enhanced monitoring” lmao lmao!!!!
    This gov is broke. Have to make money somehow…
    And the kids that don’t get tested and don’t have to get tested. What’s their cost for??….. exactly.

  5. Concerned says:

    And so…. What if you visit another country that does not have a CostCo ? There are several. Many of those countries do not offer pre flight testing as you would need to actually be sick to get a PCR test. Sure you would fly back through the US or the UK but are you supposed to go out of the airport and go find a CostCo just to get a test and then wait for two days in a hotel for the results ??? Ridiculous !!! Not well thought out Mr Premier. It should be optional due to this and the failure to obtain a pre flight test would require the full quarantine.

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