Foreign travel advice

Antigua and Barbuda

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

Travellers arriving in England, Scotland or Wales from Antigua and Barbuda must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Antigua and Barbuda is restricted.
  • Visitors may be subject to a Coronavirus test on arrival. The local authorities may instruct you to enter government-provided quarantine or to self-quarantine in your accommodation.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Antigua and Barbuda, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November 2020. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the Antigua & Barbuda Met Office and the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters.

The island of Barbuda was seriously hit by hurricanes in September 2017. Many buildings were destroyed and reconstruction work is still taking place. If you’re planning to visit Barbuda you should monitor local and international weather updates, follow the advice of the local authorities and ensure your accommodation is secure.

You can find further information on the impact of hurricanes on the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

UK health authorities have classified Antigua and Barbuda as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Antigua and Barbuda. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Most visits to Antigua and Barbuda are trouble-free but there have been incidents of crime including murder, armed robbery and sexual assault. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Antigua and Barbuda, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support may be limited and is provided by the British High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados.