The government said that the new protocols governing entry into Antigua and Barbuda have come into effect and that nationals who are fully vaccinated and who have been tested within seven days of arrival at V.C. Bird International Airport, may receive their swabs upon arrival either at the airport or at home.
“Results will be returned within 48 hours following the test, and negative results will cause the new arrivals to be released from quarantine. Those returning nationals who have only a COVID-19 negative test and who have not had any vaccine or only one vaccine administered will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine. A second test will be administered near the end of the 14-day quarantine period; if negative, the returning national will be released,” a Cabinet statement said.
It added that a visitor on arrival and staying at a hotel deemed a bio-secure space, will be dispatched to that hotel.
The visitor could be tested either at the hotel or the airport.
“The Cabinet encourages all persons 18 years and older who were born outside of Antigua and Barbuda and who now reside within the state to become vaccinated. The immigration status does not and will not be held against those non-nationals who may be out of time.
“The Cabinet has ordered the Minister of Legal Affairs to enshrine within the regulations governing COVID-19, that those immigrants who might otherwise be subject to “removal” or “deportation” cannot be prosecuted for seeking the immunisation vaccine.
“Those who are yet to regularise their presence within the State will not be removed or deported from the State, the Cabinet instructed, so that all adults living in Antigua and Barbuda will be vaccinated, no questions asked,” the statement noted.