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US Department of State Updates Antigua and Barbuda Travel Advisory

The US State Department advises US travelers to reconsider traveling to Antigua and Barbuda due to “health and safety measures and conditions related to COVID.”

Issued on November 30, the State Department travel advisory noted that “some areas” of the Caribbean nation are “at higher risk” and directs potential travelers to visit the United States Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS COVID-19 page for more information on the pandemic in Antigua and Barbuda.


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The advisory follows the publication earlier this month of a level 2 travel health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reducing the COVID-19 risk categorization of the two-island nation. from level four to level two. The change of status was triggered by the “intervention” of Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, according to a report by

Earlier this month, CDC launched pandemic risk assessments for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Haiti, Belize, Bonaire, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Saint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Suriname, Sint Martin, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands from level three to level four, the highest on the risk assessment scale.

Travelers are advised to “avoid all trips to” level four destinations. Ironically, several of the territories in four risk categories, including Jamaica, The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Sint Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, have accepted travelers for several weeks, with most reporting relatively low COVID-19 infection rates. .

Antigua and Barbuda, for example, has recorded 141 confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths. The territory currently has seven active cases, “of which only one is new,” according to the report.

Even the State Department advisory notes “Antigua and Barbuda has lifted stay-at-home orders and has resumed some transportation options and business operations.”