Antigua and Barbuda Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Antigua and Barbuda – updated 26 May 2021

Travel to Antigua and Barbuda

The following requirements are in place for international arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda: 

  • A State of Emergency is in place until 30 June 2021. There is a curfew between 11pm and 5am; face masks must be worn in public; beaches are open between 5am and 6pm for exercise only.
  • All air passengers (12 years or older) must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR medical certificate issued within 7 days of their flight. From 1 June the test must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Only tests administered by health care professionals are valid. 
  • Passengers arriving by sea must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 7 days before their last point of departure and follow the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Yachting Health and Safety Guidance and Operational Protocols. From 1 June, this test must be taken no more than 72 hours before the last point of departure. 
  • Arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form. Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. 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.
  • Everyone will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days in accordance with the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines
  • Tourists arriving with pre-booked hotel accommodation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List will normally be permitted to travel to their accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country providing they adhere to local social distancing measures. Visitors staying with family, friends, in private accommodation, in their own place of residence, or other location not on the approved list 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. Residents, and those not deemed to have suitable accommodation arrangements, will be obliged to remain in government quarantine at their expense for up to 14 days. The fee is USD 100 per day. 

For the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions, read Antigua and Barbuda's travel advisory.

What to expect when you arrive

A State of Emergency is in place until 30 June, including a curfew from 11pm to 5am, when people must stay in their accommodation unless seeking emergency medical attention.

Beaches are open between 5am and 7pm for exercise or relaxation only. During these hours picnics, music, drinking alcohol, and parties are prohibited.

Wearing a face mask in all public spaces is mandatory, and social distancing measures are in place.

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Previous travel alerts and warnings for Antigua and Barbuda

Hurricane Maria - 18 September 2017

Another very strong hurricane is bearing down on Antigua and Barbuda and is expected to bring category 3 strength winds to the nation late on Monday. The strong winds and flooding rain is expected to exacerbate the devastation already being experienced. 

If you have not already left the islands it may be too late and you should seek accommodation in an official shelter.

Those planning to return to the islands may be wise to wait and observe forthcoming weather conditions as another tropical depression, Lee, has already formed in the Atlantic.

How to Survive a Hurricane

The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.

If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.

Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies on hand such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secure in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas.
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Hurricane Irma - 6 September 2017

Now classified as Category 5, Hurricane Irma made landfall early this morning in the Eastern Caribbean.

Barbuda experienced severe structural damage, but Antigua was spared the worst of the storm. Irma is now heading towards Puerto Rico and threatening St. Kitts and Nevis, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola, and Cuba.

Travel warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra, the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Guadeloupe, Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The US has declared states of emergency in Florida, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

Aside from extremely strong winds, Hurricane Irma is likely to create a storm surge of 11 feet or more, and large, breaking waves. Heavy rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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