Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Antigua and Barbuda on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Antigua and Barbuda.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. Following instructions from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, hotels are also obliged to facilitate COVID-19 tests for their guests departing Antigua and Barbuda. Where possible you should start making arrangements for testing at least seven days before travel.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You will be contacted by the Health Authorities and instructed to self-isolate or move to a quarantine facility. This will be determined by the Quarantine Authority. You may be instructed to stay at the Government’s Quarantine facility. This would be at a charge of XCD 82 per night. You may also need to seek treatment there. Minors will be subject to the same regulations as adults.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Antigua and Barbuda
For information on entering Antigua and Barbuda, see Entry requirements
The following regulations exist under the Public Health Act:
- face masks must be worn in any public place and must be worn for entry in to any supermarket or market
- face masks must cover nose and mouth, leave eyes, forehead, and ears visible, and cannot be worn at the same time as head coverings or dark glasses
- bars, gyms and cinemas are open to fully vaccinated clients only
- in-house dining at restaurants is permitted for fully vaccinated clients only
- retailers such as food and clothes shops, pharmacies, and hardware stores are allowed to operate but must ensure hand washing or sanitizing and social distancing of all customers
- public-facing government offices may have restrictions on opening hours and visitors
- pleasure craft and other seagoing vessels are permitted to operated, provided all those on board are fully vaccinated and observe social-distancing measures
competitive sports are permitted with the permission of the Ministry of Sports
no public gathering shall take place without the approval of the Central Board of Health. No person shall attend any party, fete, concert or similar gathering or social event unless the gathering or event has been approved by the Ministry responsible for National Festivals and Culture and the event is being held in accordance with guidelines established in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. Any person who hosts, organises or attends a gathering an unauthorized gathering commits an offence and is liable to a $5,000 fine or 6 months imprisonment.
- residents of Antigua and Barbuda who test positive for COVID-19 maybe required to enter government quarantine and wear a quarantine bracelet. Those in their household will be required to undergo testing and may also be required to enter a government quarantine facility and wear a quarantine bracelet
The Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Service are asking the public to call the COVID-19 inquiries hotline on (+1 268) 462 6843 if they suspect they might have contracted the virus, been exposed to or any other matters relating to the virus. The public are asked to call the hotline and not visit a healthcare facility unless instructed to.
Healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda
For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Antigua and Barbuda
We will update this page when the Government of Antigua and Barbuda announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Antigua and Barbuda national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Sputnik V and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. British nationals are eligible for a vaccination if they choose to join the programme.
The booster programme commenced on 10 December 2021. The available vaccines are Pfizer, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and AstraZeneca.
Individuals can request their preferred vaccine of choice. All residents of Antigua and Barbuda wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can walk-in to either the Villa Polyclinics or Multipurpose Centre on Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. For further details please visit https://vaccineantiguabarbuda.com/ or call one of the four numbers (+1 268) 788 8299, (+1 268) 736 8295, (+1 268) 736 8298, (+1 268) 736 8299.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Antigua and Barbuda, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
Help and support
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Bridgetown (+ 1 246 430 7800 and select option 2 for consular services) which is available 24/7. Alternatively complete the webform. If you are outside Antigua and Barbuda you can call the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London on +44 (0)207 7008 5000.
You should follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda post updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter