Since Bermuda remains a British dependency, no foreign embassies are located here. Instead, relevant business is conducted through British Embassies in Washington, D.C. (3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20008, tel. 202/588-6500, fax 202/588-7870) and other centers.
British nationals seeking their country’s assistance can contact the deputy governor’s office at Government House (11 Langton Hill, Pembroke, HM 13, tel. 441/292-2587, fax 441/292-3823, depgov [at] ibl [dot] bm).
The United States Consulate in Bermuda (16 Middle Rd., Devonshire, tel. 441/295-1342, fax 441/295-1592, phone hours 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri.) serves Americans living in and visiting Bermuda, as well as Bermudians and foreign nationals who wish to visit the United States. Customer service has recently been upgraded, and appointments for consular services must now be made online at http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov. Information about other consulate services can also be found at that website. For life-or-death emergencies only, contact the duty officer at 441/335-3828. Photo identification is required to enter the consulate. A small car park is located on the adjacent property.
Portugal has a consulate in Bermuda (Melbourne House, 11 Parliament St., Hamilton, HM 12, tel. 441/292-1039), though a full-time consul has yet to be appointed by Portugal. The office acts as a direct liaison with Lisbon, processing passport renewals, ID cards, and paperwork authentication. An estimated 10 percent of Bermuda’s population is of Portuguese origin, most born in the Azores or to Azorean immigrants or guest workers. Many of Bermuda’s Portuguese are children who were born in Bermuda, but lack Bermudian status (citizenship) because their parents are not Bermudian—a quandary that confronts any child born on the island to non-Bermudian residents. There is also a steady stream of Azorean contract workers coming to Bermuda, as well as Portuguese Bermudian families on the island who maintain strong links to relatives in the Azores, Madeira, and Portugal.
Eighteen other nations, including Norway, France, Italy, and Jamaica, are represented by honorary consuls, who maintain diplomatic links with Bermuda via Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Honorary consul positions are awarded to resident Bermudians who are natives of or have strong links to represented countries. Canadians can contact Heather Conyers (73 Front St., fourth floor, Hamilton, tel. 441/292-2917, fax 441/292-9307, heather.conyers [at] international [dot] gc [dot] ca). Bermuda-related matters are also handled by the Canadian Consulate General in New York (1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020-1175, tel. 212/596-1628, fax 212/596-1790).
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition