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OBA again calls for scrapping of Travel Authorisation form

Michael Dunkley, the Shadow Minister of Health (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The One Bermuda Alliance has again called for the elimination of the Travel Authorisation form after the lifting of other Covid-related restrictions next week.

Michael Dunkley, the Shadow Minister for Health, welcomed news of the easing of Covid-19 rules, which come into effect on Monday, but added: “As we have highlighted previously, other jurisdictions have taken action to open up and reduce restrictions prior to Bermuda making the decision to do so.

“Tourism is booming in many of the Caribbean islands.

“As Bermudians learn of the news, many are saying it is about time and more should be done.

“The Government has been very cautious through Covid and when they finally had the courage to say we must learn to live with Covid, sadly, its actions have not measured up to its words.

“Travel to the island has been hindered by the restrictions and the Travel Authorisation form. The TA is a deterrent for many travelling to the island.

“The Government needs to admit that fact and listen to the people who wish the form to end as soon as possible.”

The Government announced this week that the island will start admitting unvaccinated travellers under the eased restrictions.

Under existing regulations, non-residents aged 12 and above are not permitted entry to the island if they have not had the jab.

Unvaccinated residents will no longer have to quarantine for four days when they return to the island – and there is no requirement for a Day 10 test.

Unvaccinated visitors must take a Covid test no more than two days before landing in Bermuda and then test again on Day 4.

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Published August 19, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated August 19, 2022 at 7:59 am)

OBA again calls for scrapping of Travel Authorisation form

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