Antigua and Barbuda (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Might be required to quarantine based on results.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 18.05.2021
1. Passengers arriving from or who have been in Brazil, India or South Africa in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through Antigua and Barbuda must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result based on a nasal or oral swab. The test must have been taken at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
3. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.
4. Passengers are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days.
5. Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival.
6. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
7. Passengers and airline crew staying overnight in transit must stay at a hotel or at a designated facility until their next flight.
8. More Coronavirus (COVID-19) related information can be found at https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/

 

Detailed Tourist Information

From the 24th of May and with the exception of flight crew, no persons may enter Antigua and Barbuda who have spent any of the preceding 14 days in Brazil, India, or South Africa.
All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. Only tests administered by health care professionals are valid. Home tests are not permitted.

Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to temperature checks by Port Health Authorities. Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in their private homes or at a government facility will be required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.

Additional measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature, travel history checks, a check on whether your accommodation is on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, and completion of a Health Declaration Form. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.

Passengers arriving by sea up to and including 31 May must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before their last point of departure and follow the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Yachting Health and Safety Guidance and Operational Protocols (https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/). From 1 June, this test must be taken no more than 72 hours before the last point of departure. All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority, using VHF Channel 16, at least six (6) hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier or English Harbour Ports or to a holding area where they must follow the screening and quarantine instructions of Port Health. All passengers arriving on or after 1 June will be tested for COVID on arrival in Antigua and Barbuda by health officials. This test must be paid for. This travel advice will be updated on cost and payment methods once confirmed by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Quarantine requirements

On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Antigua and Barbuda advise that all arrivals will be monitored for coronavirus for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

In practice, tourists arriving with pre-booked hotel accommodation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List (https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/antigua-and-barbuda-is-open/) will normally be permitted to travel to their accommodation after screening (including COVID tests) and be allowed to move around the country providing they adhere to local social distancing measures. This is regardless of their vaccination status.

Visitors staying with family, friends, in private accommodation, in their own place of residence, or other location not on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List (https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/antigua-and-barbuda-is-open/) will be subject to an interview to determine suitability to leave for their accommodation arrangements. Those permitted to self-isolate in their accommodation will have to do so for a period up to 14 days and may be required to wear a quarantine bracelet to ensure compliance. This is regardless of their vaccination status.

From 1 June, residents of Antigua and Barbuda and persons not staying in Government of Antigua and Barbuda-approved accommodation who have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine regimen, or one dose of a one-dose regimen, who arrive at least fourteen after their last / only vaccine days will be permitted to travel to their accommodation (if deemed appropriate) and self-isolate for 48 hours pending the results of a COVID test taken on arrival. The test is US $50.00 for residents and US $100.00 for visitors. You can pay for your test in advance (https://msjmc.org/covid_testing_quarantine).

Residents and visitors not deemed to have suitable accommodation arrangements will be obliged to remain in government quarantine at their expense for the period directed by the Quarantine Authority up to a period of 7 days. The fee is XCD 82 per night.

Failure to comply with any order, guideline or direction of the Quarantine Authority or other health authorities is considered an offence carrying a fine of up to XCD 10,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
 

Lockdown Details

State of Emergency has been extended until September 30, 2021.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all public places.

Beaches are open between 5am and 6pm. Picnics, music, drinking alcohol, and parties are prohibited on all beaches.
 

Sources

https://bb.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co