Hotel association in Antigua considering policy for only vaccinated stay over tourists


The following message came in the form of a facebook post from Prime Minister Gaston Browne 


Dear Members,


We continue to be faced with a continuous wave of Covid-19 infections. As reported recently by our health officials, Covid-19 does not discriminate by age, and our entire society and way of life remains under threat.


The Board of Directors of the ABHTA met today to discuss a policy decision regarding arrivals to our destination, with the aim of ensuring the safety and security of our employees and their families.


The following is the position of the ABHTA:


Effective October 1, 2021, resort membership of the ABHTA move to only accept vaccinated travelers for stay-over vacations.


Discussions will also be held with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to recommend that this be adopted as a national policy.


The ABHTA will also recommend a reduction in the arrival testing window, with an effective date of September 1, 2021. This will include:


Reduction of the testing window from seven days to three (3) days


  1. The Vaccinated traveler to present a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test for entry


  1. The Unvaccinated traveler (up to September 30) to present a negative PCR Test for entry



Considering the above, the ABHTA will also be entering into discussions with the Government and representatives of the Union regarding the vaccination of all front-line hospitality workers.


These are indeed challenging times and difficult decisions to table however, we are of the view that such decisions are necessary for the protection of our employees, their families and further, for the sustainability of the sector.


Please feel free to present your feedback in advance of meetings with the Government.

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  1. So what you are saying is only vaccinations can stop tourists from bringing this virus to the island, and that is a lie. Ask the fully vaccined 25 Antiguans who have it right now.

  2. There is desperate need for the clarification regarding vaccinations. Som people are only able to have one dose while others have had two. As a visitor hoping to arrive in October this is important to see what is expected of us. There other main thing is that children over 12 may only be allowed one dose so what does this mean for a family to visit the island

  3. Virus will kill less than 1% of people. But 100% need to be vaccinated.

    Vaccination is a TRIAL and these companies will refuse to take any liability if you die or are injured.
    If you need protection from COOTIES-19; drink lemon water, get sunshine etc etc. These boost the immune system and protect the populace.

    But banks can’t monetize this!
    Cancel ABHTA! Cancel Ghastly B-Clown!

    Power to the people!

    • I didn’t know lemon water and sunshine can protect you from a serious disease that has infected 212 million people and killed 4.43 million. That’s amazing advice! Will it also protect you from polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis, chickenpox? Maybe even HIV?! I think you’re on to something…or at least on something!

      • @Vaccines Work – Why do you think some persons are asymptomatic and some become seriously ill? Don’t you think some persons immune system is fighting the virus. I would have gone a step further to recommend Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin C and D3 but basically the lemon water and sunlight gives the vitamin C and the D3 that NotanAnuWorrier was mentioning.

        I really hate when people like you try to compare this trial vaccine with those established vaccines or call persons hesitant about this vaccine as Anti-vaxxers. You guys want to state that we get vaccinated when we are babies, right? Can this trial vaccine be given to babies?

        The established vaccines have been properly tested and there are some vaccines you only need one dose and some you have a schedule (like tetanus), which you are made aware of before even start taking. With the Covid Vaccine, you were told that you needed two dose, now the talk have started about 3rd dose, will there be a 4th dose? Nobody seems to know and hence the reason it is still in testing.

        Are you informed of all the side effects of the vaccine before taking it? Yes they put it on the label but do you even get to see the label?

        Why arent the health authorities encouraging persons to build their immunity whether you are vaccinated or not? Some persons will not be able to take the vaccine for whatever reason but they are not even concerned to assist these persons.

        You probably need to get on something!

  4. Thank you ABHTA! Wish the Government had enforced these protocols earlier. Many of our neighboring islands have done so as well. To all of the naysayers, its true that you MIGHT contract the virus after vaccination, but the chance of passing it onto another vaccinated person is minimal and you are less likely to have serious complications or die compared to an unvaccinated person. Facts are facts, there is enough data to know this is true. Protect yourself, your loved ones and your community, get vaccinated!

  5. Some Vaccines works. For the promoters of this kill shot, is a trial and error shot emergency use only. Let’s experiment and see what happens!

    I believe the reason we had an increase in cases is more people are travelling and even if they are vax the protocols are not followed, the majority expected after the false hope mask will be dropped, no need for social separation. What’s next every 3 months a new variant a new shot for the rest of your lives for a lab created virus?

    We have been taking counsel from some wicked people in high places whose hands are linked to this virus

  6. Wow everybody are experts. Lets see what happens in the next 7 days with covid19. Do they have any more space at public cemetery because things are about to get real serious with covid19.

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