Boasting 365 heavenly beaches – one for each day of the year – Antigua is famed for its year-round sunshine and world-class sailing.
Is Antigua and Barbuda on the green list?
Open to tourists, paradise island Antigua and its little sister island Barbuda are currently on the UK’s green watchlist, which means it’s at risk of being moved back to amber.
Will I have to quarantine?
The government has set up a traffic light system, which ranks countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
All passengers arriving in Antigua and Barbuda must have a negative RT-PCR test taken up to seven days before their flight. Children under the age of 12 do not need to take a test. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form upon arrival.
Visitors will receive medical screenings and have their temperature taken at the airport, and may be asked to take a test on arrival, or at their hotel, as determined by the health authorities. This test costs $100 (£72). The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office warns of “long waiting times on arrival” at the airport.
Regardless of vaccination status, tourists can normally travel straight to certified tourism accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country freely.
On return to the UK, travellers do not have to quarantine – although they must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test and another test on or before the second day after arriving in the UK. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.
How do I get to Antigua and Barbuda?
Several airlines operate direct flights from the UK to Antigua, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Travel to Barbuda from Antigua by sea, propeller plane or helicopter.