Safety and security

The hurricane season in Bermuda normally runs from June to November.
There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.


Most visits to Bermuda are trouble-free. Bermuda has a moderate but growing crime rate. Examples of common crimes include theft of unattended baggage and items from rental motorbikes, purse snatching (often perpetrated against pedestrians by thieves riding motorbikes), mugging, and theft from hotel rooms. Valuables left in hotel rooms (occupied and unoccupied) or left unattended in public areas are vulnerable to theft.
You should keep your hotel windows and doors locked at all times. Criminals often target transportation systems and popular tourist attractions.
Travellers should exercise caution when walking after dark or visiting out-of-the-way places on the island, as they can be vulnerable to theft and sexual assault, and because narrow and dark roadways can contribute to accidents. There have been incidents of sexual assault and acquaintance rape, and the use of "date rape" drugs such as Rohypnol has been reported in the media and confirmed by local authorities; one local advocacy group reports an increase in reporting the use of these drugs and accompanying sexual assault. Travelers should also note an increase in gang presence in Bermuda and should take regular precautions to avoid confrontation. The back streets of Hamilton are often the setting for nighttime assaults, particularly after the bars close.

Local laws and customs

The possession, or importation, of drugs and weapons (including air pistols and catapults) is illegal. Those caught will be prosecuted and the penalties can be severe.
Bermuda, while welcoming, is a conservative place and you should dress modestly. Bathing suits, abbreviated tops and short shorts should only be worn at the beach or pools. There are no nude or topless beaches and it is an offence to appear in public without a shirt or just wearing a bathing suit top.
Drinking alcohol in public outside of a licensed premise is not allowed.

Local travel

Tourists are not permitted to drive motor cars in Bermuda.
Buses, ferries and taxis are safe, frequent and efficient. You cannot hire a car in Bermuda, but 50cc scooters are readily available for public hire. Bermuda drives on the left, as in the UK. Roads are narrow, winding and undulating; and traffic is getting heavier. Road accidents involving scooters are relatively common, and have resulted in serious injury or even death. You should take care. The speed limit in Bermuda is 35kpm (22mph).
Outside the major urban areas there are few footpaths or street lighting. You should take care when out walking, especially at night.

Medical care

Good medical care is available, though extremely expensive. The hospital performs general surgery and has an intensive care unit. Serious or complex medical problems will likely require medical evacuation to the United States. We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.