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Crisis help available for residents overseas

Bermudian residents abroad during the Covid-19 crisis can tap into assistance overseas, the Government said tonight.

People in Britain and the United States who want to return home can fill in an online for at https://forms.gov.bm/covid19/return.

Bermudian residents in Britain who need assistance should contact the Government's London Office at londonoffice@gov.bm.

People anywhere else in the world should contact the nearest British Embassy for help.

A spokesman for the tourism and transport ministry told people overseas: “If you have previously contacted the Ministry of Tourism and Transport or the London office regarding flights home, we have your information and you do not need to provide it again.

“However, if you have not made contact, please provide the necessary information as soon as possible so that we will be better informed.”

He added: “To be clear, the information sought is only from those Bermuda residents who ordinarily reside on island and are in need of advice or assistance.”

The spokesman said: “The Bermuda Government continues discussions with airlines to have one more flight from the US and the UK available for Bermuda residents only.

“While we cannot confirm additional flights at this time, it is important to know the number of residents who would take a flight to the island if one was available.”

He added that anyone that does return will have to self-quarantine for 14 days to help limit the risk of Covid-19 spread.

But the spokesman said: “However, returning residents are advised that in order to control Covid-19, they may be required to quarantine for 14 days in a Government approved quarantine facility, and may not be offered the option of self-quarantine.”

The spokesman added: “Should any person not have the ability to effectively self-quarantine at their residence, facilities have been identified to accommodate them.

“A comprehensive health declaration form is required to be completed for returning residents.

“The form will be required to be completed upon arrival or can be completed in advance at http://forms.gov.bm/covid19.”

The spokesman added that a range of health ministry documents on how to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic could be downloaded from www.gov.bm/coronavirus.

A series of videos and public service announcements on Covid-19 are also available.

Fling the flag: Government highlights ways Bermudian residents overseas can get assistance during the Covid-19 crisis (File photograph)

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Published March 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm (Updated March 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm)

Crisis help available for residents overseas

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