The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has announced new COVID-19 protocols as well as the resumption of weekly WestJet flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Beginning on Nov. 21, 2021, the upcoming return of this route will mark the first time WestJet has flown to Antigua & Barbuda since March of 2020.
“We are ecstatic that WestJet has decided to resume flights from Toronto to St. John’s, Antigua,” said Hon. Charles Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism. “Antigua and Barbuda is every bit as warm and beautiful as Canadians remember, and we look forward to welcoming our northern friends back once again.”
As of Nov. 18, 2021, the following protocols will be in effect to protect their health and safety:
- Fully vaccinated arriving passengers can present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 or an approved rapid antigen negative test result within three days of their flight or fewer.
- All partially vaccinated passengers will require a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within four days of their flight or fewer.
- Children below the age of 5 years entering Antigua do not require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
- As of Nov. 18, 2021, all arriving passengers including returning nationals and residents (excluding children 18 years and younger) are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine.
- The wearing of face masks in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.