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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

From unnecessary, tourist trips to Antigua and Barbuda willadvised against.

Epidemiological situation

Antigua and Barbuda is affected by COVID-19. However, the number of new infections has fallen and falls below 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for seven days.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the official website of the government of Antigua and Barbuda provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Travelers aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test upon entry, which must not be older than seven days. A health examination with temperature measurement takes place. A quarantine of up to 14 days is also ordered. A reduced quarantine period applies to fully vaccinated people. Travelers with COVID-19 symptoms will be housed in isolation. The health authority decides on their stay. The local health department reserves the right to carry out random checks and, if necessary, PCR tests for all travelers within the first 14 days of their stay. GPS wristbands are used to monitor the quarantine requirements. The government publishes travel information in its Travel Advisory.

Transit and onward travel

Travelers must also present a negative PCR test for transit, which must not be older than seven days.

Travel connections

The international airport is open and air traffic is reduced. Shipping is permitted.

Restrictions in the country

There is a night curfew.

Hygiene rules

The local hygiene regulations must be observed. Masks are compulsory at the airport and in public.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities.
  • Find out about current entry requirements in the "Travel Advisory" of Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Note additional COVID-19 information on Antigua Nice and the government of Antigua and Barbuda, including the frequently changing times of the curfew.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if necessary, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Domestic situation

Occasional protests and demonstrations can occur in which violent conflicts cannot be ruled out.

  • If necessary, find out more about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

Violent crime such as armed robbery has also increased in Antigua and Barbuda.
Petty crime such as pickpockets and handbag robberies occur particularly in places that are very frequented by tourists and increasingly occur during festivals and special occasions.
Violent crime occurs particularly in larger settlements and is not directed specifically against foreigners. It is mainly about gang wars or crime related to acquisitions. However, armed and sexual assaults are particularly possible in less crowded areas and unguarded beaches after dark.

Robberies on anchored ships or ships close to the coast and cases of piracy in the Eastern Caribbean occur sporadically. Emergency calls to the Police / Coast Guard via 911 (mobile phone) are often more reliable than emergency calls via mobile marine radio.

  • Be particularly careful when walking in less busy neighborhoods or parks of settlements and on lonely beaches after dark.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, bus stations, markets, public transport and bars, and watch out for your valuables.
  • As a sailor, think about precautionary measures and self-protection at night, especially with spontaneous guests on board.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

The climate is tropical and maritime.
June through November is hurricane season. During this time, tropical storms and intense rainfall can be expected, especially on the coasts.

Travel info

Responsible diplomatic mission

There is no German representation in Antigua and Barbuda. The German embassy in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is responsible for Antigua and Barbuda. In emergencies, the German honorary consul in St. Paul's Harbor can be contacted.

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Hurricane "Irma" caused very severe damage on the island of Barbuda in September 2017. The restoration of the infrastructure is ongoing. There are regular flight connections between the two islands. Relatively inexpensive taxis are available.

Driving in Antigua and Barbuda is left-hand traffic. Apart from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, the road network is relatively well developed. Most of the roads are two-lane, narrow and in some cases very winding. Barbuda only has sandy roads.
Due to the many potholes, stray animals and the unorthodox driving style, the risk of accidents is high.

  • Always drive carefully and defensively.
  • Refrain from using scooters and motorcycles due to the high risk of injury.
  • If you are leaving by air, be at the airport approximately two hours before your scheduled departure to check-in.

Driving license

The German driver's license is not sufficient for renting a car and for driving this vehicle during the holiday stay. For about 50.- XCD you can get a vacation driving license from the police or the rental car company.

LGBTIQ

While homosexual acts are punishable by law, there are no known cases of criminal prosecution.

Legal specifics

Drug use and trafficking, even in the smallest quantities, are strictly prosecuted by the police authorities; under no circumstances should one assume that foreigners will be spared persecution. High fines and imprisonment are imposed for violating drug laws; a release on bail is usually not possible.

  • Never leave your luggage unattended and do not transport packages for strangers.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Common currencies can be exchanged in hotels and in most banks. Some banks only change US dollars. Payment with major credit cards is relatively widespread.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for six months after the trip.

The requirements of individual airlines for the documents to be carried by their passengers differ in part from the state regulations.

  • If necessary, please inquire with your airline before commencing your journey.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda and a stay of up to 90 days. Air travelers should be in possession of an onward or return flight ticket.

Minors

Minors traveling alone should have an officially certified declaration of consent from their guardian.

Entry and exit via the USA

Import regulations

The import of local and foreign currencies is possible without restrictions, but must be declared. The export is possible up to the amount declared on entry.

The import of weapons (including alarm pistols, diving pistols and boat signal pistols) is only permitted with a special import permit.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from a yellow fever area, all persons from the age of one year must provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. Antigua and Barbuda is not a yellow fever infection area.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and against hepatitis B and typhoid in the case of long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and cause neurological complications in adults.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted The disease is usually accompanied by fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

Antigua and Barbuda are considered malaria free.

HIV / AIDS

There is generally a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you're out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

Medical supplies

There is a comparatively modern standard care hospital in Antigua. However, the range of health and emergency care available across the board, especially in rural areas, is sometimes not comparable with Western European standards.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information about your travel destination

Here you will find the addresses of the responsible diplomatic missions and information on politics and bilateral relations with Germany.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of terrorist acts of violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country.There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German citizens are advised to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurer or health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without adequate insurance cover, the costs necessary on site (e.g. treatment or hospital costs, flight home) are generally to be borne by the person concerned and can quickly use up all of your savings.

It is common in many countries that the costs invoiced by doctors or hospitals have to be settled or even advanced before discharge. It cannot be ruled out that the doctor / hospital will obtain a refusal to leave the country for the patient if the bill is not paid.

Many souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations. Find out in good time!

Before starting your trip, please find out which souvenirs are not allowed to be imported for reasons of species protection. Quite a few tourists experience a nasty surprise on their return, when the memento is confiscated by customs or even punished. No matter how impressive an exotic souvenir is due to its peculiarity and uniqueness - many of the animal and plant species from which such souvenirs are made are endangered or even threatened with extinction. These souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations.

Customs and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation have introduced the online portal species protection for travelers on vacation. Here you can find out exactly which souvenirs from which countries can be imported into Germany.

Please do not contribute to the illegal and harmful trade in wild animals and plants. Nature conservation organizations as well as environmental and customs authorities advise you not to take any risks and generally to refrain from souvenirs made from animals or plants. Instead, they recommend purchasing local textiles, ceramics, metal and glass work or paintings. Basically, you should exercise caution when buying animal and plant products if you cannot understand their origin. In this way you do not harm the flora and fauna of your holiday destination.