COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Antigua & Barbuda (17 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Residents are allowed to enter.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Foreigners are allowed to enter.

Is transit allowed through the country?

  • Yes

  • Transit is allowed. All arrivals, including transiting passengers, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate issued no more than seven days prior to their flight. Children 12 and under are exempt from this requirement.

  • Transiting passengers/crew members who need an overnight stay must proceed to a government-designated space or hotel to await departure.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Travellers may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at their hotel or place of lodging. Visitors may be required to pay for this testing.

  • All arriving passengers will have a medical screening and a temperature check performed on arrival at each port of entry.

  • Entrants by sea are subject to assessment for symptoms through a series of checks.

Is a test certificate allowed?

  • Yes

  • Test certificates obtained outside of Antigua and Barbuda are accepted.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes

  • All arrivals by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab performed within seven (7) days of their flight. Children 12 and under are exempt from this requirement.

  • Passengers arriving by sea are not required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test' However, they must enter via Nevis Street Pier in St John’s and follow the screening and quarantine instructions of Port Health.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • Travellers will be monitored for 14 days on arrival and may be subject to a quarantine period.

  • Arrivals by sea are subject to a 14-day quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health authorities.

  • Arrivals from the countries within the established Travel Bubble are not required to follow quarantine measures. The CARICOM regional travel bubble includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Lucia. St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Based on the above restrictions, the traveller will be required to spend between zero (0) and 14 days in quarantine.” where 0 is the minimum, and 14 is the maximum.

Insurance required?

  • No

  • Proof of insurance coverage for COVID-19 expenses is not required to enter the country.

Entry form required?

  • Yes

  • All incoming passengers must complete a health declaration form.

Is vaccination required

  • No

  • A COVID-19 vaccination is not required for entry into the country.

Airline restrictions

  • Minimal

  • The V.C. Bird Airport is open for international and regional travel.

  • All passengers are required to wear a face mask when they land.

Border restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Antigua & Barbuda borders have reopened.

  • Port authorities allow cargo vessels, ferry services, and pleasure craft to dock at Nevis Street Pier, subject to health guidelines and regulations.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • The daily night curfew measure from 23:00 to 05:00 (local time) is in effect.

  • Authorities have extended the State of Emergency until 28 June 2021.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of five (5) people.

  • The government has restricted opening hours and the number of visitors at government offices that have close contact with the public.

  • Face-coverings that cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in any public place, on public transportation, and for entry into markets or supermarkets. A face mask cannot be worn at the same time as head coverings or dark glasses.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Only two passengers are allowed in private vehicles unless all passengers are from the same family and household.

  • Tourists can rent cars from certified providers.

  • If you are a visitor to Antigua, travel to Barbuda is not allowed within 14 days of arrival.

  • Commercial passenger transport vehicles are permitted to operate with limited seating capacity.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • Businesses with approved safety protocols are open.

  • Shops, including food, clothes, pharmacies, and hardware stores, are allowed to operate.

Accommodations open?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • A limited number of accommodations are open.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner, dine-in, take-out and delivery services.

Bars and cafes open?

  • No

  • All bars are closed.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes

  • Beaches are open.

Personal care services open?

  • Yes

  • Personal care services are open.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Places of worship are open, with gatherings limited to 25 people and adherence to social distancing norms.

Events allowed?

  • Yes, with exceptions

  • Weddings, funerals, and baptisms may take place with no more than 25 participants and with everyone keeping a distance of six feet and wearing face masks.

  • Private parties and social events hosting more than one household are permitted with a maximum gathering of five (5) persons with a face mask and physical distancing norms.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Face-coverings that cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in any public place, on public transportation, and for entry into markets or supermarkets. A face mask cannot be worn at the same time as head coverings or dark glasses.

Other Restrictions

  • Activities such as cycling, jogging, running, tennis, and swimming are allowed from 06:00 to 21:00 (local time).

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.