An online news source for Bermuda recently reported that “Yacht visitors can take their time to enjoy Bermuda up to 90 days.”
This is great news because before this announcement people sailing to Bermuda were allowed to stay 21 days. The island’s government hopes that the generous extension of the time that people traveling by yacht are allowed to stay will bring in more visitors and that these visitors will spend more money on the island and boost Bermuda s economy.
An official from Bermuda’s cabinet stated:
“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’.”
The change will take effect June 1. The longer stays are not free; there is a $250 fee for each person. Visitors how sail into Bermuda by yacht will need to verify their citizenship and prove that they have health insurance as well as declare that they do not intend to look for of procure work in the country. These requirements are for yacht owners traveling to Bermuda as well as people on the boat’s crew.
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