PM clarifies issue of second COVID test on arrival in Antigua and Barbuda


Prime Minister Gaston Browne has sought to clarify a new measure for passengers arriving in Antigua and Barbuda.

Browne says the second COVID-19 PCR test  announced last week is optional and applies to only fully vaccinated people.

He says fully vaccinated people have the option to take a second COVID-19 test on arrival if they don’t want to quarantine for seven days.

The COVID-19 test on arrival will be in addition to the test that the traveller must take at least 72-hours before arriving in the country.

Browne said the initial release on the issue may have been confusing.

He announced on Pointe FM that the 7-day quarantine requirement remains in place but those fully vaccinated people who don’t want to quarantine for seven days can pay for a second COVID test.

Browne said the test is EC$ 150.

Those who opt for the second test will only be in quarantine while they await their test results, no longer than 48-hours.

He also clarified that tourists staying at bio-secure hotels will proceed to their hotel as normal once they have a negative PCR test.

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  1. Still very confusing indeed and does not make Any sense whatsoever. I am due to arrive on June 8th. We are a family of 7 adults a 2 kids. We are all fully vaccinated (2 doses) I know we have to take pcr test within 3
    days of travelling into Antigua. So, do we now have to take another pcr test on arrival? Do we also have to quarantine for 2 further days?. We have booked a Villa and it is on government approved list of places to stay. Can we stay there, or will we have to stay in some secure facility? If the latter vorrect, I’d cancel as it is just completely ridiculous!

  2. Very confusing information. I need clarification as My husband and I are to arrive for a week long stay at Galley Bay on June 20 and we are not vaccinated by choice as we are naturalist and use supplements to boost our immunity rather than shots.. Thinking of cancelling trip if we are required to get 2nd test upon arrival and will have to quarantine. Please explain non vaccinated tourist requirements that will be in effect June 20-27, our booked stay time.

  3. This still makes NO sense. When it says “He also clarified that tourists staying at bio-secure hotels will proceed to their hotel as normal once they have a negative PCR test.” is that test your pre-arrival test (3 days before arriving on the island)? We are staying at Sandals for 9 nights and are fully vaccinated. If we opt not to take the arrival test, does that mean we have to quarantine at some other location (that’s not our resort)for 7 days before we are able to head to our hotel for the last 2 days of our trip?? That makes NO flipping sense . The day we arrive is the day we check in to our hotel…How the hell is this suppose to work?

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