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Antigua and Barbuda

Travel to Antigua and Barbuda during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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At a glance

TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

NO

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination:

If you have been fully vaccinated then you may be able to follow different entry requirements to enter this country.  Please read the 'Test time' and 'On Arrival' sections under Entry Requirements for the full details.

Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All tourists entering into Antigua must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 4 days (96 hours) before departure.

Anyone ages 4 and under will be exempt from taking this test.

On arrival:

Once you arrive into Antigua and Barbuda, you will be subject to further health screening.  These may include mandatory temperature checks, travel history checks and a check on whether your accommodation is on the approved list.

You should expect a long wait on arrival.

You may also be required to take a further test for coronavirus.  If this is the case, you will need to pay a fee of $100 to local authorities in cash.

You must be able to prove that you have had at least one dose of a valid COVID-19 vaccination to enter into the country.  Anyone aged 17 and under is exempt from this, however will require to follow the pre-arrival test information.  If you do not have at least one dose of a vaccine before departure, you will be unable to enter Antigua.

Form pre-travel: Not required
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from a Green / Rest of World list country, then you will not need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt, regardless of their vaccination status if returning to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are returning to Northern Ireland and are aged 11 or over, then you must take a pre-departure test before you return.

If you are returning back from a red list destination, or are not fully vaccinated, then you must take a test and return a negative result within the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England from the 24th October 2021, then you will be able to book and undergo a lateral flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will still need to book this test before returning to England and place a confirmation reference number on your passenger locator form.  If you are returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must continue to follow the PCR guidance as above.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on or before day 2 and also on day 8 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.  You will also need to follow the quarantine requirements, detailed in the 'Quarantine on return' section.

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Not required

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda
Local regulations:

The government have announced a state of emergency in Antigua until 27th December 2021.

A curfew is in place from 11pm to 5am.  Other than for an emergency, you should not be outside of or leave your place of residence during the curfew.  You will be able to use the hotel grounds and hotel public areas freely during the curfew.

Face masks are mandatory in all public places and must cover the nose and mouth.  Eyes, forehead and ears must remain visible.  There are rules against wearing head coverings and/or dark glasses when using a mask.  Whilst on beaches, as long as you are socially distant from other people not in your party, you do not need to wear a face mask.

Gyms and bars are currently closed.  There is no in-house dining permitted at restaurants in this time but take-outs will be allowed.  This is applicable to bars, restaurants and gyms outside of the hotel complex.  All bars and restaurants within the hotels will be open as normal, although they may close a little earlier.  If your hotel has a gym, then this will be able to be used.

Essential stores are open and following their regulation hours of operation.  Non essential stores such as souvenir shops are also open but generally between the hours of 0830am and 0430pm.

Beaches will be open from 5am to 7pm daily.

There is no exemption for the use of face coverings if you have a medical lanyard.  Antigua requires ALL citizens and travellers to wear a facemask in public spaces.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 15.10.2021 at 17:36