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The USA CDC moves Antigua & Barbuda to low-risk as Visitors return

9th June, 2021


ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, June 9, 2021… The Government of Antigua & Barbuda is delighted to announce that the country has been moved to Level 1, the lowest risk level, in the most recent travel advisory issued by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC). Level 1 countries include those like Australia and New Zealand considered the lowest risk destinations, having reported less than 50 Covid-19 cases in the last 28 days.

“We are delighted that Americans can have confidence in traveling to our shores,” said The Hon. Charles “Max” Fernandez, Minister of Tourism & Investment. “We have worked very hard to ensure the safety of our people and our visitors and this has paid off in lower numbers of COVID infections and reduced impact on our economy. This latest announcement by the CDC is an endorsement of everything we have done.”

Travelers everywhere are still asked to take precautions and the CDC recommends getting vaccinated before traveling even to a low-risk locations. Visitors to Antigua & Barbuda will be expected to observe Antigua & Barbuda’s own travel protocols which the government updated June 1, 2021. These are intended to ensure the continued safety of travelers and residents.

The V.C. Bird International Airport is open for international and regional air traffic. The Antigua Port Authority is also open to Cargo Vessels, Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services. Antigua & Barbuda continues to carry out a combination of screening, testing, the issuing of monitoring bracelets and other measures to mitigate the risk of importing any new cases of COVID-19 into the country. Additionally, measures have been implemented for the quick detection of any imported cases. Visitors arriving in Antigua & Barbuda on commercial flights stay at approved accommodation and are evaluated for COVID-19 with a series of health screenings, to include temperature checks.

“There is every indication that this is another step towards a full recovery,” Minister Fernandez said. “We want to ensure that we move forward enthusiastically but with all necessary care to ensure that we do this right.”

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The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is a statutory body dedicated to realizing the tourism potential of Antigua & Barbuda by promoting the twin island state as a unique, quality tourist destination with the overall objective of increasing visitor arrivals thereby providing sustainable economic growth. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is headquartered in St. John’s Antigua, where regional marketing is directed. The Authority has three offices overseas in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.


Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Travel Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, the twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches - one for every day of the year. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere. Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: or follow us on Twitter: Facebook : ; Instagram :

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