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Former BMU passport code to be reinstated

Vital document: Bermuda passports will revert to their country code

Bermuda passports will officially revert to their former BMU country code at a ceremony in Canada tomorrow.

David Burt, the Premier, will attend the event at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal, Canada, when the BMU code will formerly reinstated.

Bermuda British Overseas Territories Citizens passports were coded with the letters BMU when printed on island, but that code was changed to GBR — the code for Great Britain — when Britain took over responsibility for printing the document in 2016.

The code is contained in a biometric chip that shows up when a passport is scanned at a port of entry.

The coding flaw led to almost eight years of travel problems for Bermudians entering the United States.

A government spokeswoman said that the change caused confusion for many Bermudians when travelling to the US, where they are not required to apply for a visa or an electronic system for travel authorisation.

Mr Burt said: “It has been a long battle, most notably for Bermudians who have been travelling for education, medical reasons or vacation and have been impacted and stranded by the removal of the code.

“I know that this news will bring great relief to many Bermudians, and I am proud that we have delivered this for them so that they can return to travelling without added obstacles that are no fault of their own.”

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Published April 15, 2024 at 8:29 pm (Updated April 15, 2024 at 8:47 pm)

Former BMU passport code to be reinstated

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