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Response to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

F.A.Q for travelers to Antigua and Barbuda

Does Antigua and Barbuda have any cases of COVID-19 /coronavirus?

As of April 3 2020, there are fifteen confirmed cases of coronavirus in Antigua and Barbuda.

What measures does the Government of Antigua and Barbuda have in place to contain the spread of COVID-19?

The national multi-sectoral COVID-19 task force established by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda meets regularly, to assess all international and regional developments related to COVID-19.

Effective March 12, 2020, travel advisories were issued denying entry to any foreign national (including passengers and crew) who has travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past twenty-eight (28) days. As of March 19, 2020 the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has updated it’s travel advisory to deny entry to persons who have travelled to France and Germany. However, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as well as resident diplomats will be allowed entry.

Several measures have also been put in place to ensure that our borders are protected, with necessary screenings taking place at all ports of entry. Measures were put in place to restrict entry from particular cruise ships with suspected cases, airlines from particular countries, and to quarantine persons arriving from particular locations.

A retrofitted isolation and quarantine center is being prepared at the Margetson ward, Holberton Hospital. The ward will be equipped to handle any outbreak of the COVID-19 here in Antigua and Barbuda, including quarantining, isolation, treatment and laboratory testing. This center will be ready within the next week.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, decided on March 25, 2020 to close the V.C. Bird International airport to all incoming commercial traffic, commencing midnight Thursday March 26, 2020, thereby ending the possibility of flights from the customary North American and European tourism source markets. This decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries. Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility. Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday, will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries for return to their originating cities.

While there has been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Government’s several ministries have been closely monitoring all developments, here and abroad. Antigua and Barbuda’s borders have remained open to air and sea traffic in order to ensure that workers across the several sectors remain employed.

In Barbuda, an isolation room has also been identified at the Hanna Thomas Hospital.

Can I still travel to Antigua and Barbuda?

Yes, we continue to welcome visitors to our shores. If, however you have travelled from China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea, Germany, France and Singapore within the past twenty-eight (28) days you will not be allowed entry. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as well as resident diplomats will be allowed entry.

If you are travelling from a location, not presently on this list please ensure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. These include practising proper hand hygiene, good cough and sneeze etiquette and avoidance of sick persons.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, decided on March 25, 2020 to close the V.C. Bird International airport to all incoming commercial traffic, commencing midnight Thursday March 26, 2020, thereby ending the possibility of flights from the customary North American and European tourism source markets. This decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries. Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility. Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday, will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries for return to their originating cities.

While there has been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Government’s several ministries have been closely monitoring all developments, here and abroad. Antigua and Barbuda’s borders have remained open to air and sea traffic in order to ensure that workers across the several sectors remain employed.

Visit the World Health Organisation, for more tips on staying safe.

If I have already booked a trip, and would like to cancel my trip, what should I do?

Contact your airline, hotel or your travel advisor to discuss their cancellation policies in light of the COVID-19 / coronavirus situation.

Which countries does Antigua and Barbuda currently have travel advisories on as a result of COVID-19 / coronavirus?

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, decided on March 25, 2020 to close the V.C. Bird International airport to all incoming commercial traffic, commencing midnight Thursday March 26, 2020, thereby ending the possibility of flights from the customary North American and European tourism source markets. This decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries. Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility. Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday, will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries for return to their originating cities.

While there has been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Government’s several ministries have been closely monitoring all developments, here and abroad. Antigua and Barbuda’s borders have remained open to air and sea traffic in order to ensure that workers across the several sectors remain employed.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has updated its travel advisory effective March 12, 2020 to deny entry to any foreign national (including passengers and crew) who has travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past twenty-eight (28) days. As of March 19, 2020 the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has updated it’s travel advisory to deny entry to persons who have travelled to France and Germany. This decision is concluded considering alarming increases in the number of persons testing positive for the COVID-19 virus in recent weeks. However, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as well as resident diplomats will be allowed entry.

What screening measures are currently in place?

Several measures have also been put in place to ensure that our borders are protected, with necessary screenings taking place at all ports of entry.

A port health facility has been set-up at the V. C. Bird International Airport and is manned from 7 am -11 pm each day to screen passengers arriving from various countries. There has also been increased Coast Guard patrols of our coastal waters, with all vessels entering our shores will be required to give advance notice before being permitted to dock. Surveillance has also been increased on cruise vessels entering.

As of 21st March 2020, The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment wishes to advise that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has consolidated border control to ensure single access at both seaport and the airport in order to intensify the screening process for COVID-19.

All private and commercial flights entering the V.C. Bird International Airport will utilize one entry processing point. Private jets that typically land at Runway 10 are now required to present at V.C. Bird International for screening and clearance. All sea vessels, including pleasure crafts, will be processed at the Nevis Street Pier. Clearance will be facilitated at the said pier between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Are there any major events that are postponed or cancelled?

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda on March 16, 2020 announced that effective immediately, it has imposed a 30 day ban on all fete, parties and similar social events as a pre-emptive measure to prevent the contracting and spread of the coronavirus / covid-19.

Major destination events cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 situation include the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta which was scheduled for 1st– 8th April, Antigua Sailing Week- scheduled 23rd- 1st May, Antigua and Barbuda Sport-fishing Tournament- scheduled for 28th-31st May, have all been cancelled until 2021. Travellers are advised to contact Event Organisers for information on event cancellations or postponements.

If I am in Antigua and suspect that I may have COVID-19, what should I do?

Inform the hotel immediately of your condition, who will advise you of the next steps. If you are not staying at a hotel, please call the 24-hour hotline manned by the emergency medical services and advise them of your condition.
The Antigua and Barbuda 24-hour coronavirus hotline number is 268-462-6843. Emails can also be sent to covid19@msjmc.org

Is there an Isolation and Quarantine facility in place?

A retrofitted isolation and quarantine center will be ready next week at the Margetson ward, Holberton Hospital. The ward will be equipped to handle any outbreak of the COVID-19 here in Antigua and Barbuda, including quarantining, isolation, treatment and laboratory testing.

The Facility will be equipped with:

    • 5 Isolation Rooms
    • 12 Quarantine Rooms
    • Housing facility for nurses and doctors
    • A testing lab

Within Barbuda, an isolation room has also been identified at the Hanna Thomas Hospital.

Can testing be done in Antigua?

Arrangements are currently being put in place to allow for testing to take place in Antigua. Presently testing is done at the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA in Trinidad and Tobago. Testing takes 48 hours.

How long does testing take?

Currently testing is done in Trinidad. Testing takes approximately 48 hours.

Where can I go to receive regular updates on the COVID-91 situation in Antigua and Barbuda?

For latest updates, go to the official website of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and access the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment’s on Facebook.

Latest update on COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda

ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (March 16, 2020) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority continues to keep abreast of the latest developments related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and would like to assure travellers that precautionary measures are being implemented to guard against further spread of the virus within the destination.

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