Tourists To Undergo Rapid Testing On Arrival; No Longer Need To Be Tested Before Boarding Flight To Antigua


As the country’s tourism sector plans to reopen in June, the government plans to purchase thousands of rapid COVID-19 testing kits for test on arrival of tourists.

The original procedure required all travellers to undergo a COVID-19 test 48 hours before boarding a plane to VC Bird International Airport, but according to PM Browne, that plan was impractical.

Browne however assures that all safety protocols, including pre-screening of airplane passengers, that were in place before the closure of the country’s borders in March will continue.

Browne revealed that the particular rapid test under consideration for the arrival of tourist has an 87 percent accuracy rate.

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  1. why is he quoting the accuracy rate when the important measure is the sensitivity? but of course it’s irrelevant, he wants his backers to be back making profits by any means. Those rich backers who should have been paying locals a decent income while they were unemployed from the billions theyve made from the island over the years. He’s already been upfront in telling us he knows there will be a spike in cases and people will die, but no one is saying anything!

  2. Bottom line is, every country stands to make money from the pandemic and once you’re greedy enough, you will do things just like Trump. With a don’t care attitude! That is what we face right now!! So many other islands are COVID FREE and still closed…we are not even covid free yet and already opened up…’s ridiculous!!!

  3. I for one love visiting Antigua. I would be happy to help pay for my fast test on arrival. ( I would have a test before boarding if that is deemed sensible also)

  4. I’m still awaiting Iteration #3 of Project Restart. I can only hope that by then the PM and Dr Molwyn would have figured out how they’ll protect the local population (and specifically hospitality workers). Returning locals will be quarantined for 14 days while tourists will be able to mingle with reckless abandon. Should the take away from this episode of madness be that hospitality workers are expendable? Well, we have a hotel school, and thus, a ready pool of replacements

  5. It seems foolish to test upon arrival?What if one tests positive? (a)They would have potentially infected many co-passengers, (b)They’ll have to be isolated, hence no vacation (c) Will their insurance cover them in a foreign country?

  6. So many unanswered questions for hospitality workers. Will there be additional risk pay? What happens if an employee contracts the virus? Will they be compensated outside of the sick leave pay they are entitled to? Why is the union silent on this? IMO no hotel worker should return to work until guarantees can be made that their safety is a priority and proper protocols are put in place to protect them from the infections that are sure to come.

  7. …w e l c o m e! welcome! Welcome!

    It’s the New Norm, as HUE-mans navigate their way, in, through, around the Matrices Of Life, created for profit, control, elimination and annihilation.

    This is about money, mo money and only money!

    ‘ole Time subben say, at de end a de day, who bex DEAD, and who dead BURY!

  8. In England, just last week, Bournemouth goalkeeper tested negative before commencing practice, and tested positive 2 days later. He believes he picked up the virus at the supermarket. What plan has the PM and Dr Molwyn put in place to mitigate against similar situations in A&B when we throw open our doors?

  9. What happens if a visitor tests positive when they get there? The airlines will not allow them to return home and their hotel will not allow them to come there. They’d be in limbo and would have to quarantine…but where?

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