Is it safe to travel to Antigua?
We follow the advice of the UK government and FCDO stated that Antigua is exempt from the advice against all non-essential international travel and this is why holidays can now go ahead. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.
What is life like in the Antigua?
Antigua is emerging from lockdown in a phased manner. After the appropriate inspection, training and certification by the Ministry of Health and Tourism Officials, most businesses are now open. Beaches are open between the hours of 5am and 7 pm during the current curfew period, which is in place until at least 31 October. Land-based and water-based excursions are operating but outings may be limited. Restaurants are open for take-away and delivery service, and some restaurants and bars have now been certified to reopen for dine-in service. Wearing face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and social distancing protocols must be followed.
How should I keep safe in Antigua?
You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use face masks and wash your clothes regularly.
Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?
All arriving passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight and a Traveller Accommodation form should be completed (see below for more information). Travellers may also be required to sign the Quarantine Directions Form on arrival. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Antigua and Barbuda. British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Antigua and Barbuda.
What are the quarantine guidelines in Antigua?
All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. You may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival at the airport or at your hotel /resort as determined by the Health Authorities. Visitors instructed to take a Coronavirus test on arrival may be asked to pay a fee of US$ 100 or local equivalent in cash. Passengers arriving in Antigua with symptoms of may have to self-isolate.
If I test positive for COVID-19 in Antigua, what will happen?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be moved to a location where you can isolate. Here, you will be monitored for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (Quarantine Authority) shall determine whether a person arriving into Antigua and Barbuda shall be quarantined at a hotel or a designated government facility where you can be safely isolated from others and monitored for symptoms of COVID-19.
What is the airport experience like?
On arrival, all passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 in accordance with guidelines of the Quarantine Authority and may have to undergo further coronavirus testing on arrival.
If asked to take a test on arrival, there is a cost of US$100 for the test. The average turnaround time for results is 48 hours. Results can take up to 96 hours to arrive. Depending on the health screening results, you may be asked to await your test results at the port of entry or you’ll be notified of the result the following day at your hotel or resort. Arriving passengers who test positive for Covid-19 will be isolated as determined by the Ministry of Health Officials.
What are the transfers like?
Taxi drivers will sanitize their hands and vehicles after handling and transporting each set of baggage. All commercial vehicles used for passenger transport must be sanitized after each trip and equipped with hand sanitizer. They’ll also be subject to random inspections by Public Health Officers. Commercial passenger transport vehicles are permitted to carry only 50% of the vehicle seating capacity. For example, a 15-seater vehicle will only be allowed to transport no more than six passengers. There is consideration for dedicated transport for senior citizens.
What should I expect at the hotel?
Once in resort, you’re required to wear a face mask in public spaces where you are likely to be in close proximity to staff and other guests. For beach activities where social distancing is respected, face masks are not mandatory.
Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from Antigua?
At present, the FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Antigua do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK.
Forms and tests required for travel to and from Antigua
All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight (including transiting passengers). Children under 12 years of age are not required to have a negative COVID -19 RT-PCR test result. You will be required to complete a health declaration form on arrival into Antigua and will be subject to checks on your health by the authorities on arrival. They will also check your negative COVID-19 test, so please ensure you carry a copy of your results with you. Travellers may also be required to sign the Quarantine Directions Form on arrival. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.