The government of Bermuda is teaming up with Costco to make COVID-19 testing kits available to travelers planning to head to the Caribbean island.
Bermuda is the first nation to collaborate with Costco, giving visitors and residents returning to the country a simple and authorized way to pass entry requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We believe this marks a major step forward in facilitating access to pre-travel testing required for Bermuda visitors,” said Glenn Jones, interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “The prospect for travel is still difficult for many. Everyday we’re working to make it a little easier.”
To travel to Bermuda, both visitors and residents must apply for a travel authorization one to three days before departure. Visitors must provide proof of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival.
That is where the partnership with Costco comes into play.
Visitors can purchase their COVID-19 PCR test and observed sample collection kit online from Costco. The traveler will receive a unique code in their email and be prompted to visit a designated website to register for credentials and complete a health assessment.
Travelers will then receive their test kit via overnight delivery. Once taken and returned to the lab, travelers will receive their digital test results within 12 to 48 hours to then share with Bermuda public health authorities via a special portal.
The kits are available online for $139.99 and will be sold in some Costco pharmacies later this month.
“We’re proud to serve as an essential part of Bermuda’s initiative to expand COVID-19 testing options for its travelers,” said Costco Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Victor Curtis.
“This is fantastic news for visitors and returning residents alike,” said Bermuda Health Minister Kim Wilson. “Ensuring timely access to pre-arrival testing such as this approved PCR saliva test under observation is a huge gain for Bermuda.”
The negative test prior to arrival is one of many steps visitors to Bermuda must take in order to visit the island. Earlier this month, a mandate was issued requiring visitors to wear a wristband for their first 14 days on the island to remind them to follow protocols and be careful of their movements.
Visitors must also take another COVID-19 test on days four, eight, and 14 of their visits, as well as sign an agreement to quarantine away from everybody except your immediate travel party until you receive a negative test result.
For the latest the state of travel during the pandemic, head here.