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Bermuda Country Report

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Risk Level

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Overview

Executive Summary

Bermuda is a British overseas territory that provides foreign investors with an attractive fiscal regime, political stability, and one of the highest standards of living in the world. Foreign investment is likely to continue aimed at the financial services, tourism and the offshore sector – mainly determined by international tax planning. Operational risks are low although some complications stem from the geographical isolation of the islands and from the prospect of being hit by severe storms in the hurricane season between August and October. Crime rates, including gun crime, are declining and the islands are safe compared with Anglophone jurisdictions in the Caribbean.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Operational Outlook

Bermuda comprises some of the world's most remote inhabited islands, but air links to the territory’s LF Wade International Airport are good. Labour costs are relatively high, but the bureaucracy is efficient and transparent. Labour disputes are likely to remain infrequent in the one-year outlook, but privatisations are likely to be disputed. Activism on the island is limited almost entirely to opposition to developments in the tourism sector.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Terrorism

Low

There is no specific terrorist threat in Bermuda, and no threat from domestic or homegrown groups targeting Western interests such as bars, nightclubs, shops, restaurants, or other places where expats and tourists may gather. This is unlikely to change in 2018. No militant independence movement exists that would challenge British sovereignty through violent means.

Last update: March 27, 2018

War Risks

Low

War risks in Bermuda will remain low through 2018. Bermuda is a British Overseas territory with no border disputes. British military capabilities will remain a strong incentive against hostile actions by other state actors. There is no militant independence movement in the territory willing to use force to challenge British Sovereignty.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Social Stability

Elevated

There is a low risk of large-scale or violent protests in 2018. Unions are not militant and incidents of industrial action tend to be quickly resolved and do not pose property damage risks. However, on several occasions in 2016, protesters attempted to block parliamentarians access the House of Assembly in an attempt to block legislative proposals on immigration and an airport redevelopment plan. According to local media, during the immigration policy protest, key services including public transport, dock operations, and refuse collection were disrupted. The Bermuda Union of Teachers has held protest marches in 2017.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Health Risk

High

Vaccinations required to enter the country

No vaccinations are required to enter the country.

Routine Vaccinations

Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.

Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).

Other Vaccinations

Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).

Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).

For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.

Last update: November 27, 2013

Natural Risks

Very high

The archipelago is regularly subjected to tropical storms that have the potential to cause significant material damage, flooding, power outages, and transportation disruptions. However, good storm response and warning systems along with well-developed infrastructure often mitigate storms' impacts. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. Information regarding current or forecast storms is available on the US National Hurricane Center's website. 

Last update: February 13, 2018

Transportation

Low

Potential visitors should also note that non-residents are forbidden from possessing, renting, or driving a four-wheeled vehicle (i.e. a car) while on the territory. Road accidents involving scooters - available to tourists - are common, in part due to road conditions (narrow, winding roads, traffic congestion).

Taxis, buses, and ferries are available and safe.

Last update: February 13, 2018

Practical Information

Climate

Bermuda's climate is subtropical and conditions are hot and humid from May until mid-November, particularly during the months of July and August. Hurricanes can strike the archipelago from June until November. Strong winds are common between December and April.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +1 441
Emergency Services: 911

Electricity

Voltage: 120 V ~ 60 Hz

Outlets:

Last update: December 12, 2013