CDC places Antigua and Barbuda on Moderate Level for COVID-19


Key Information for Travelers to Antigua and Barbuda

  • Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Travel may increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.
    • Before you travelget tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.
    • During travel, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.
    • Before traveling back to the United States, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.
    • After you travelget tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
      • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days.
      • If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 while traveling, delay travelquarantine from other people for 14 days after your last known exposure, get tested, and monitor your health.
COVID-19 Levels
  • Level 4: Very High
  • Level 3: High
  • Level 2: Moderate
  • Level 1: Low
  • Level unknown

Travel and COVID-19

Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance. If you travel, take steps before, during, and after travel to keep yourself and others from getting COVID-19.

Delay travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Find out more about When to Delay Travel.

Before You Travel

Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to Antigua and Barbuda. Talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip, keep a copy of your results with you during travel.

Do not travel if your test result is positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations.

If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information, test results, or other documents. Follow entry requirements or restrictions at your destination which might include testing, quarantine, and providing contact information. Check with your destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers. If you test positive on arrival, you might be required to isolate. You might be prevented from returning to the United States as scheduled.

If you get sick in Antigua and Barbuda, you might need medical care. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.

During Travel

If you travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you. It’s important to do this everywhere—both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces, including when using public transportation. 
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.

Get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before traveling back to the United States.

After You Travel

You might have been exposed to COVID-19 during your travels. You might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and can spread the virus to others.

After you travel, take the following steps to protect others from getting sick:

  • Get tested 3–5 days after your trip AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

Always take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

  • Stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you, particularly in crowded areas. It’s important to do this everywhere—both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
  • Wear a mask and ask any household members who did not travel with you to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

See CDC’s After You Travel page for more information.

Other Considerations

If you get sick with COVID-19 or test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 while abroad, you might not be permitted to return to the United States until you can end isolation. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 during travel, you might be quarantined and not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last known exposure.

Clinician Information

Clinicians should obtain a detailed travel history for patients with symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If you suspect that a traveler has COVID-19, see Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19) for information on evaluating, reporting, clinical care guidance, and infection control.

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  1. WOOOOHOOO!!!!!Ya hear that tourist!?!?! It’s safe!!!! Come on down to Dadli we need your money ASAP 🙂

    • Yes come please I will take a chance with a virus with a 0.03% death rate rather than me starving to death while owing Tom Dick Harry Mary and Martha. So come tourist!!!

      • It has an estimated 3% mortality rate worldwide

        The long term morbidity rate is thus far unknown

        Only a fool and a 🤡 would minimize the seriousness of a virus that has killed 1.5 million people in 8 months and is affecting every country on Earth

        Look at how seriously China is taking this virus. They shutdown their country again for a dozen cases. They’ve dealt the longest with this virus. They have the most experience with it and are treating it with the utmost seriousness.

        • Do we have the resources China has? No. Do we have the money China has? No. Do we have the human resource China has? No. I’ll take my chances with covid so I can feed myself and my family. Maybe your bread well buttered but mine sure as hell aint. So come tourist. Bring all your money cause me want one good Christmas!!

          • We don’t have the money China has so Antiguan lives are worth less?

            So the Antiguan government doesn’t have the same obligation to protect its people?

            And yet Antigua was in a better position than China back in March.

            We didn’t have any COVID

            And it’s a small island where it would be easier to keep it that way

            And having a truly COVID free island could certainly be monetized and attract people who were willing to stay here long term, quarantine for 2 weeks and contribute to the economy

        • STOP WITH YOUR FEAR MONGERING. 4 DEATHS IN 1 YEAR ISN’T A SERIOUS SITUSTION. The worldwide death rate is not the Antigua death rate.

  2. What prompted the very high risk assessment?

    And what deal was made to lower it to moderate?

    And what’s the actual situation in Antigua?

    • @Therefore so we must starve to death? What we suppose to tell the bank and apua? Are you going to pay my morgage or my other bills? You going to feed my kids? How long do you think a moratorium can last? Tourist ckme please. Me nah born with no silver spoon in my mouth nor do I work for the government so come and brinf you money. Me have bills to pay abd kids to feed.

      • You won’t have any bills to worry about

        And if you’re only way of supporting yourself I’d risking your life and my life and everyone else’s life here, you need to rethink your career

        • Guess what people died before covid and people will die after. If you die then your time up. Some of you bread done butter so you don’t care. Well you aint paying my bills so come tourist!!!!

  3. I thought I heard Bowen said on Movement Radio that this would not happen. He said with his interaction from the people from the CDC, he knows how they operate. And he knew that they would not pay attention to what anyone from Antigua had to say as they have their own people traveling through Antigua airport and investigating things in Antigua.
    So I am to take it if he was a Cabinet minister he would just lay back and do nothing?

    • Should a leader DO SOMETHING to improve rating by improving protocols so that residents and visitors are better protected?

      Or should a leader simply make some phone calls and deals to artificially improve rating routine improving protocols and ensuring safety of visitors and residents?

        • By treating them like second class citizens to be harangued and slapped with an electronic monitoring device.

          To be disallowed to go to the beach on holidays while tourist enjoy those same beaches

          While at the same time not testing, quarantining or restricting the visitors (who are bringing disease to this island) in any way

          A leader would put the health and safety of his or her people above all like the leader of Barbados has and the leader of New Zealand has

  4. Oh gosh….all these conspiracy theories of the government “must have done or offered the CDC something” to lower the level. Does any reasonable thinking person really believe that our bit of paradise government can make deals with the USA CDC to compromise the health and safety of citizens? It’s hilarious how many people say they LOVE this country of their birth yet because they do not support thee governing party they wish all manner of evil for this country; furthermore if anyone think that the conspiracy theories are/will hurt the politicians better think again. they have found a way to divide and keep on fleecing the country of it finances.

    • Would be wondering why Antigua got a high classification and then very high classification in the first place.

      Then we look at how lax Antiguan protocols are and it makes sense.

      What doesn’t make sense is the CDC reversing course.

      So the question is why.

      And yes of course individuals can be paid off and bribed. All sorts of underhanded deals can be made.

      But that won’t stop the spread of covid on an island where the government has decided protecting its people is just too hard

    • Its sickening!!! Talking about government hiding numbers!!! In this age of social media where event cat dog and even ratta have a smart phone!!! Don’t these smart ones think by if there was a real outbreak that no matter what it would have bust open!! SMMFH! You peolle take politics and make yourself look like some real dunce elements.

      • Or being found dead and home alone or dying while walking themselves to the hospital are events that should be ignored in a pandemic with a pathogen that has been known to cause such sudden deaths.

        There are some real dunce elements here. Unfortunately, you seem to be one of them.

        But don’t worry. If the government keeps mishandling this situation, it will only get worse. And like all good Caribbean mothers like to say, what you don’t hear you’ll feel.

        • How much is the government paying you to shill for them?

          Do you have official autopsy proof of your statement that “because people dying in the gutter or being found dead and home alone or dying while walking themselves to the hospital” You realize that people will drop dead from all sorts of reasons, before, during and after covid. So I ask again, where is your PROOF of these wild assertions?

        • Its dunce elements like you have have been wishing for that since March and your wish is yet to come true. People die everyday just like babies are born every day. Is it the first people drop down dead in the streets or are found dead alone at home? They way you talk you must be the duncest in the class. People never died before covid? And where is the sicientific proof that all those persons died as a result of covid?

  5. Compromising the safety of its citizens. Have you seen how horribly the US has handled the pandemic so far?

    Are you joking?

    They are headed towards 300K deaths by end of December

    Also, I don’t care one bit about specific Antiguan politicians.

    In March, I thought the government was doing a great job and bragged to friends in the US how well Antigua was handling things.

    But it’s now become crystal clear that this pandemic has been mismanaged and we are headed toward certain disaster.

  6. As of Sept. 1st:
    There were 164,280 covid deaths according to the CDC.
    Now the CDC calculates that just six percent of them, or 9,857, were caused solely by COVID-19.
    The numbers you are using are wildly inflated fake news media numbers.

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