With a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the rules are changing for travel into Antigua and Barbuda.
Starting on Oct. 1, all adult travelers arriving in Antigua will have to show proof of having received at least one dose of a WHO or MOHWE approved COVID-19 vaccine, or a single dose vaccine, in order to be allowed in.
Those arriving will also have to produce proof of a negative PCR test taken within four days of their flight, even if they are fully vaccinated. While those under the age of 18 will not have to show proof of vaccination, they will also have to produce a negative PCR test taken within the period if they are above the age of five.
According to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Board, anyone presenting “false declarations of COVID-19 certificates on arrival” will be fined according to the local laws. At-home tests are not acceptable, according to the Board.
All arriving passengers will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form, given out during the inbound flight, and will be subjected to temperature checks upon arrival. Those with symptoms may be forced to be isolated as determined by the authorities on the ground.
Antigua and Barbuda started its phased reopening in June 2020. Since then, it has operated with a combination of screening, testing, and monitoring incoming travelers.
Currently, face masks are mandatory in all public spaces throughout the territory and social distancing rules are in place.