Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. US two-pin
plugs and one with round grounding pin are used.
English is the official language.
If not included in the bill, a 15% tip is generally expected at
restaurants and hotels. Taxi drivers are usually tipped 10%. All
Bermuda hotels add a hotel tax of 7.25% to the bill at
Bermuda is relatively crime-free but visitors should exercise
the necessary precautions to safeguard personal possessions. Care
should be taken after dark, avoiding quieter, poorly lit streets in
particular. The use of 'date rape' drugs is on the increase.
Hurricane season normally runs from June to November.
As a general rule, dress conservatively. Bathing suits are
acceptable only on the beach, and it is considered an offence to
appear in public without a shirt. Casual sportswear can be worn in
restaurants during the day, but in the evening men should dress
more formally with slacks and a shirt. Good manners are expected,
and asking a question without first offering a proper greeting is
considered extremely rude. Nude or semi-nude bathing is not
permitted in Bermuda.
Bermuda's economy is dominated by tourism and international
financial services. Business etiquette is conservative, and
businessmen and women should stick to formal dress or lightweight
suits. For meetings, punctuality is important, people are greeted
with handshakes, and business cards are exchanged. Business hours
are generally 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The international access code for Bermuda is +1, in common with
the US, Canada and most of the Caribbean, followed by 441. The
outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g.
01144 for the United Kingdom); no outgoing code is needed to call
the US. Mobile phones operate on a GSM 1900 network. Internet cafes
are widely available.
Travellers to Bermuda over 18 years do not have to pay duty on
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 0.5kg tobacco; and 1 litre liquor and
1 litre wine. Duty may have to be paid on perfume and gifts.
Spearguns are prohibited.