Moving to Bermuda

Country Guide: Bermuda

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Bermuda flagDocuments Required

  • Work Permit (Non-Bermudian)
  • Transfer of Residence Allowance (TRA)
  • Customs Traveler Declaration Form 98 (CTD)
  • CAPS Registration
  • Cash Valuation Sheet
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory list

Specific Information

  • The TRA is good for 90 days from issuance.
  • Bermudian citizens returning to Bermuda must be able to prove time lived abroad for a minimum of 1 year in order to import their household goods duty fre

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Transport Control Department (TCD)
  • OBL / AWB
  • Bill of Sale
  • Certificate of Title
  • Overseas Vehicle Registration
  • Owner’s manual

Specific Information

  • To import a motor vehicle, the shipper must be the original owner and have owned the vehicle within the 6 months prior to import.
  • The TCD must be presented with the vehicle specifications for approval.
  • The owner must provide the Transport Control Department the specific details of the vehicle including: make, model, curb weight, horsepower.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Import Permit issued by the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection

Specific Information

  • The Vaccination Record must show the animal has received at least two rabies vaccinations: the first after the age of 3 months, the second between 6-12 months, and with no significant lapses in vaccinations. The most recent vaccination must be given within 30 days and not more than 1 year prior to arrival.
  • Vaccinations must be given by a licensed veterinarian.
  • The Vaccination Record and Veterinary Health Certificate must be dated and signed by a licensed veterinarian, showing veterinarian name, facility address, and telephone number.
  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 10 days of import and must state that animal if free from communicable disease and external parasites; the name, date of birth, breed, description, owner’s name, owner’s name and address, and microchip identification of the pet must also be included.
  • Certain restrictions apply for animals arriving from specific countries; contact agent for complete details.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (0.5 kg)
  • Spirits and wine (1 L each); amounts above 1 L are charged duties of 25% of the value

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit items

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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