News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The United States CDC has changed Bermuda’s country classification from ‘Alert Level 2: Moderate Risk’ to ‘No Travel Health Notice: Covid-19 Risk is Very Low’, the US Consulate announced today.
This is, in effect, the best ranking the CDC can give a jurisdiction as their system uses 4-tiers; Level 3 is high risk, Level 2 moderate, Level 1 is low risk, and then they have a ‘No Travel Health Notice, Very Low Risk’ tier, which Bermuda is now classified as.
The CDC has changed Bermuda’s country classification from ‘Alert Level 2: Moderate Risk’ to ‘No Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 Risk is Very Low’.
US Consul General to Bermuda Lee Rizzuto said: “The U.S Consulate has been heavily engaged on this issue, advocating for the island’s safety and highlighting protocols implemented by the Government of Bermuda to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The extensive protocols and testing regime continue to make the island safe for travelers and residents.
“The Government of Bermuda is doing an incredible job managing the island’s safety, and we’re happy to announce the CDC’s adjustment to the country classification in light of Bermuda’s low risk assessment.
“The removal from the Travel Health Advisory List is beneficial to the island as the Government, Tourism and International Business sectors seek to attract more visitors to the island.”
All US citizens are advised to read country specific Travel Advisories and US Embassy and Consulate COVID-19 pages for updates on the impact of the virus worldwide. We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. Visit the CDC’s website for more information.
US citizens are encouraged to stay informed and follow updates on Travel.state.gov and to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program [STEP] to receive timely Alerts about evolving health and safety conditions in their planned destinations. Official guidance for visitors can be found on the Government of Bermuda’s website.”
The change was welcomed as a “very positive assessment” by Bermuda Tourism Authority Interim CEO Glenn Jones, who said it “underscores Bermuda’s robust health and safety record on managing the pandemic over the past eight months”.
“Bermuda is one of the safest places in the world right now, thanks to diligent testing and contact-tracing protocols. Surveys found half our visitors chose Bermuda for that reason and an overwhelming 94 percent feel safe or very safe here,” he said.
“We welcome all travellers to visit our island safely and responsibly.”