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The following requirements are in place for international arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda:
For the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions, read Antigua and Barbuda's travel advisory.
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.
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.
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."
During the storm
After the storm
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.
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