Antigua Says No Travel Restrictions On COVID-19 Hot Spots

(ANTIGUA NEWSROOM) – The Government of Antigua & Barbuda has said that no restrictions have been placed on travelers from countries still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The answer is no,” Information Minister Melford Nicholas said yesterday at the post cabinet briefing.

“And the reason for that is as most persons will be aware our economy needs the revitalization,” he said.

Borders will open here from June 1 with the first international flight expected from Miami on June 4.

“It is very clear that the government has indicated that there is a risk that we have to take. We are obliged to take a calculated risk to open our economy and certainly the mainstay of the economy has been tourism,” Nicholas said.

He acknowledged that two of our source markets, the USA and Europe  have had some significant exposure to covid-19. But he said he was assured by protocols put in place by airlines and by the local authorities.

“It is clear that the airlines would not want to their passengers, personnel or reputation exposed.  So to the extent that upstream, persons who want to travel would have to meet certain requirements, and to the extent that we going to have to put those other measures in place locally as well, we believe that this double filtration system is going to give us some cover and some degree of protection.”

Cases of coronavirus are still growing in many US states, parts of Europe and South America.