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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 Watchlist

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:

Until 30th September 2021, tourists aged 5 years or over must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days (168 hours) before arrival.  Only tests administered by health care professionals are valid.  Home tests are not permitted. 

The above measure apply to all travellers to Antigua and Barbuda regardless of your vaccination status.

If you have been in Brazil, India or South Africa in the preceding 14 days you will be denied entry into Antigua.

From 1st October 2021, all tourists entering into Antigua must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 4 days (96 hours) before arrival.  Only tests administered by health professionals are valid.  Home tests are not permitted.

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.

Some hotels require you to be fully vaccinated to stay.  

From the 1st October, you must 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:

On your return a negative test must be taken in 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.

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are fully vaccinated, then you will no longer need to do this test.  Anyone who is returning from a red list country, or is not fully vaccinated must continue to follow the guidance above.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt regardless of their vaccination status.  If you are returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you must continue to follow the testing advice above at this time.

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. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green 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.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch 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.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are 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 on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated, alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are 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 needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom and are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland,  Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.

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.  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.

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 30th September.

A curfew is in place from 8pm 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 are closed from 12 noon each day, however depending on your hotel location - you may be able to use the area. 

Golf and tennis can be played between 5am and 6pm each day.  You can be accompanied by people in your household or 1 other person if they are not in your household.  You must observe distancing guidelines and wear a facemask.

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: 22.09.2021 at 15:56