Antigua and Barbuda Travel Advisory as of 2 July 2020

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The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has updated its travel advisory effective 72 hours from the date of issue to ensure the continued safety of travellers and residents. The V.C. Bird International Airport is opened for international and regional air traffic. The Antigua Port Authority is opened to Cargo Vessels, Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services which are required to follow all protocols issued by Port Health.

The State will be working on a combination of screening, testing, monitoring and other measures to mitigate the risk of importing any new cases of COVID-19 into the country. Additionally, measures will be implemented for the quick detection of any imported cases. This strategy is intended to protect and safeguard the health of both residents of and visitors to Antigua and Barbuda.

During this period several protocols will be implemented as follows:

  1. All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) taken within seven (7) days of their flight. (this includes transiting passengers). 
  2. Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.
  3. All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas. Additionally, the wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.
  4. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.
  5. All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.
  6. Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID 19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities.
  7. Transiting passengers/crew members who require an overnight stay will be required to proceed to a hotel or government-designated facility to await departure.
  8. All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services will enter ONLY at the Nevis Street Pier.

Military Vessels/Aircraft and other Watercraft transporting food, medical supplies, humanitarian and emergency supplies will be required to follow the Quarantine Guidelines established by the Quarantine Authority as well as issued by Port Health and must give prior notification before arrival.

These restrictions for maritime traffic, and the consequential Antigua Port Authority guidelines, issued during the State of Emergency, shall not restrict vessels engaged in innocent passage and/or transit passage, within the territorial seas and/or archipelagic waters of Antigua and Barbuda, under the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

This Travel Advisory replaces ALL previous Travel Advisories issued by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This testing 7 days prior to flying here is extremely worrying
    We have 7 family members visiting us here in August 3 adults & 4 children
    the cost of these tests in the UK is between £150-£300 per person
    it has to go off to a laboratory for analysis this varies in time to get results back so no guarantees to get it before flight
    The vacation was paid for last year but since the pandemic all 3 adults have not had any paid work since March this year
    They along with many others will not be able to pay for these tests as they like people here do not have extra money
    so will cancel their vacation to Antigua

    • A person can take the test and come back false negative ( I guess that’s what they call it) but the Antigua Heath authorities pick up symptoms based on what they see.

      Another point is a person can get tested but soon after contract the virus..

  2. We are group of 4 Montserratians living in Montserrat planning to travel to United Kingdom on August 2, 2020 transiting Antigua the same day. What do we need to do in order to transit Antigua and subsequently flight to London, UK on August 2, 2020?
    Thanks

    Denise Louissaint Limage

  3. Where can we get a copy of the health declaration forms? This new declaration adversely impacts travelers who have purchased tickets but leaves little or no time to get tested prior to departure

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