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Antigua and Barbuda to create regional travel bubble

Antigua and Barbuda is looking to establish a travel bubble with other Caribbean countries.

The establishment of a bubble was agreed to at a recent Cabinet meeting to allow citizens from identified states to travel to Antigua without the necessity to have Covid-19 tests undertaken and certificates presented upon entry.

The countries identified to be part of this bubble are members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica. 

Reciprocity is also deemed to be a requirement, according to notes from the Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet said the number of infected persons in these jurisdictions is deemed sufficiently low so as not to cause a threat, although the citizens of these CARICOM countries, upon entry, will be made to undergo non-invasive temperature tests.

Only two of the states have opened their borders since the Covid-19 epidemic.

All other persons of every citizenship who intend to travel to Antigua, after July 7, are required to undertake a Covid-19 test that is no more than seven days old prior to travel and have a certificate showing that they have tested negative.

Antigua and Barbuda updated its travel advisory effective July 9.

Passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/Ferry Services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health.  

All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas.  Additionally, the wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.

All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.

All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines.  Visitors may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities.

Arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID 19 may be isolated as determined by the Health Authorities. 

Transiting passengers/Crew members who require an overnight stay will be required to proceed to a hotel or government-designated facility to await departure. 

All Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services will enter ONLY at the Nevis Street Pier.

Military Vessels/Aircraft and other Watercraft transporting food, medical supplies, humanitarian and emergency supplies will be required to follow the Quarantine Guidelines established by the Quarantine Authority as well as issued by Port Health and must give prior notification before arrival.    

These restrictions for maritime traffic, and the consequential Antigua Port Authority guidelines, issued during the State of Emergency, shall not restrict vessels engaged in the innocent passage and/or transit passage, within the territorial seas and/or archipelagic waters of Antigua and Barbuda, under the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).    

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