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Bermuda Extends Permitted Stay of Visiting Yachts - Update

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 04, 2011 01:05 PM

Published: 2011-06-04 13:05:38
Countries: Bermuda

Update 4 June 2011

Cruisers currently in Bermuda have reported that the proposed new visiting yacht fees (outlined below) are not in force yet and are under discussion/review. Authorities have realised the problem of charging all yachts $250 irrespective of stopping period would mean no one would stop in Bermuda!

There is therefore no new legislation in operation in the foreseeable future.

Previous Report

In the House of Assembly on Friday [May 27, 2011] Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief said that Cabinet has approved a revised policy for visiting yachts.

From 1st June visiting yachts and their crews will be granted a maximum 90 day stay on arrival in Bermuda.

Visitors will need to provide proof of citizenship and of the means to repatriate themselves by air; proof of health insurance and a declaration not to seek or take up employment in Bermuda.

The fee for this long stay will be $250, and extensions for up to a further 90 days will also be permitted on application to the Department of Immigration.

The Minister said, “Visiting yachts and crews spent over $10 million in Bermuda in 2010. Extending the permitted length of stay will increase this contribution to the local economy and do more to further the positive image of Bermuda as open for business and demonstrate more red carpet and less red tape.”

For the Minister's full statement see here.