Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Antigua and Barbuda set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following measures apply to travellers to Antigua and Barbuda regardless of vaccination status:

With the exception of flight crew, no persons may enter Antigua and Barbuda who have spent any of the preceding 14 days in Brazil or South Africa.

Pre-arrival requirements

All passengers 5 years and older, arriving by air (including those transiting the country), must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 4days of their flight. Only tests administered by health care professionals are accepted. Home tests and rapid antigen tests are not permitted.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

All arriving and transiting passengers aged 18 and over, including returning residents and Antigua and Barbuda nationals, must provide evidence of having received at least one dose of a two-dose WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine or a full dose of a single-dose WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccines administered in the UK are WHO-approved.

Testing / screening on arrival

Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. Passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subject to temperature checks by Port Health Authorities. Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in their private homes or at a government facility will be required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.

Additional measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature, travel history checks, a check on whether your accommodation is on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, and completion of a Health Declaration Form. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.

Arriving by sea

Passengers aged 5 years old or over arriving by sea must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than 4 days before their last point of departure and follow the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Yachting Health and Safety Guidance and Operational Protocols. All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority, using VHF Channel 16, at least 6 hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier or English Harbour Ports or to a holding area where they must follow the screening and quarantine instructions of Port Health.

Quarantine requirements

On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Antigua and Barbuda advise that all arrivals will be monitored for coronavirus for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

All tourist and business travellers who are partially vaccinated will be permitted to stay in Government-approved accommodation (see Pre-Arrival Requirements Information above).

Residents of Antigua and Barbuda and visitors staying with family, friends, in private accommodation, in their own place of residence or other location not on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List, will be subject to an interview to determine their travel plans and suitability to leave for their accommodation arrangements. Those who have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine regimen, or one dose of a one-dose regimen, who arrive at least 14 days after their last or only vaccine day will be permitted to travel to their accommodation. Those who are not fully-vaccinated will be required to show evidence of pre-booked accommodation at one of the approved facilities for 14 days and pay for a test on day 12. Partially vaccinated returning residents may be required to quarantine as directed by the Quarantine Authorities, which might include paying to stay in government quarantine facilities at a cost of XCD 82.00 per night.

Failure to comply with any order, guideline or direction of the Quarantine Authority or other health authorities is considered an offence carrying a fine of up to XCD 10,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Antigua or Barbuda will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. It does not accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery letter. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Entry to Antigua and Barbuda

All aircrafts must arrive at VC Bird International Airport or the private jet terminal. Only licensed taxis are permitted to pick up or drop off passengers at either the airport or private jet terminal.

All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services entering the waters of Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Antigua Port Authority, using VHF Channel 16, at least 6 hours prior to arrival. Instructions will be given to guide the crafts to either the Nevis Street Pier or English Harbour Ports or to a holding area.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Antigua and Barbuda.

On entry, you’ll be granted a specified period to stay. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply and pay for an extension of stay through the Antigua and Barbuda Immigration Department.

It’s an offence to overstay the entry period or to work without a work permit.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Antigua and Barbuda.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Antigua and Barbuda.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Departure tax

Departure tax is included in the flight costs.