Important COVID-19 travel guidance
From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.
Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.
The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to 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)
Testing / screening on arrival
All passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport and the private jet terminal for all international arrivals. The 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, completion of a Health Declaration Form and further testing for Coronavirus. You should expect long waiting times on arrival.
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.
Passengers arriving by sea must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven 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 six (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.
Visitors instructed by the local authorities to take a Coronavirus test on arrival may be asked to pay a fee of US$ 100 in cash.
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.
In practice, tourists arriving from outside the region’s “travel bubble” (see below) with pre-booked hotel accommodation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Approved List will normally be permitted to travel to their accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country providing they adhere to local social distancing measures. 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 suitability to leave for their accommodation arrangements and then are normally required to self-isolate for a period up to 14 days. Those not deemed to have suitable accommodation arrangements will be obliged to remain in government quarantine at their expense for between seven and 14 days.
Passengers arriving from Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, or St Vincent and the Grenadines (the “Travel Bubble”) must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken no more than seven days before arrival. Passengers who have spent at least 14 days in one of those countries before arrival in Antigua and Barbuda will undergo mandatory health screening upon arrival but will not be subject to quarantine or self-isolation measures.
Failure to comply with any order, guideline or direction of the Quarantine Authority is considered an offence carrying a fine of up to XCD10,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
Entry to Antigua and Barbuda
All aircraft must arrive at VC Bird International Airport or the 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 six (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
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.
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 is included in the flight costs.