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Yacht crews to get easier access to Island

A streamlined visa process should make it easier for visitors arriving on the Island by yacht.

National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief told the House of Assembly that as a result of meeting with private sector partners, the Department of Border Control will now be able to process visa waiver applications while vessels are en route to the Island.

The move is intended to address an issue in which some arriving visitors are unable to secure the Bermuda entry visa.

“Those individuals are often unable to disembark and the rigid application of the policy defeats the economic aims of Bermuda as a premium yachting port,” Mr Perinchief said.

“Some of our cruise passengers are also visa-controlled nationals and have encountered similar challenges having cruised to Bermuda to enjoy our Island. This policy change will also extend to them.

“We have created a specific e-mail address, supplied to cruise agents, and will receive visa waiver requests while the ship passes the Statue of Liberty.”

The minister said this initiative, along with the extension of the maximum period of time visiting yachts and crews can stay in Bermuda, will allow the $10 million put into the local economy by visiting yachts in 2010 to increase in the years to come.

Photo by Kyle Hunter At anchor: Scores of visiting yachts moored in St George's Harbour.

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Published February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am)

Yacht crews to get easier access to Island

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