The Antigua Attraction: Why this Caribbean island has become a recent sailing hot spot

 

Were you wanting to charter a boat but are concerned about Covid-19 travel protocols and restrictions? Luckily, we have been able to discover excellent opportunities in other Caribbean island locations other than the British Virgin Islands.

While the BVI has been seeing some headache-causing travel restrictions, the USVI is quite a different story and much easier to enjoy sailing there even during Coronavirus times. If you’re interested in seeing a recent sample USVI itinerary, click here.

But what if you aren’t interested in any of the Virgin Islands?

 

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Luckily enough, that’s where the islands of Antigua & Barbuda come in! Here at Boatjump, we have seen clients take advantage of the easy entry requirements and beautiful destinations that Antigua has to offer. This Leeward Caribbean island region is a fantastic charter option during these difficult times and it’s the perfect alternative for all Virgin Island fans! From it’s deeply rooted Spanish intrigue, British influence and eccentric style of local architecture, these off-the-beaten path tropical islands will surely bring you an unforgettable adventure.

Do you admire historical locations?

If so, then this region is perfect for you! Antigua was given its Spanish name by the famous explorer Christopher Columbus, who first visited the island region in 1493. By the year 1632, it was colonized by English settlers and has since been through it’s fair share of unique Caribbean history. In 1981, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda became an independent nation, however the islands still hold strong to many British traditions and cultural delicacies.

While Antigua & Barbuda have a fascinating historical past, these islands have managed to create the perfect balance of antique charm and modern luxury. If you’re looking to unwind and relax, then you can spend some time in the spa, visit a massage therapist, stroll around the boutique shops, or get some sun on the beaches. The islands also offer a variety of activities such as hiking, cycling, water sports, planned island tours and so much more! You can even get certified to sail if you’re curious enough to learn the ropes. There’s always something safe and exciting to do here, even during the complex times of Coronavirus.

 

 

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Travel protocols in Antigua

And now you’re probably thinking what travel protocols are currently in place. Don’t worry – we’re here to break down the Antigua Covid-19 travel protocol basics for you.

As of now, the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua is open for international air traffic. The State continues to implement Covid-19 screening, testing and health monitoring to prevent new Coronavirus cases from getting into the country or spreading around to residents and tourists. This strategy helps protect everyone on the island while also providing an appropriate balance for tourism and the local essential workers.

The current protocol summary is as follows:

(But please visit their website for detailed information here)

  1. Arriving passengers must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 7 days of their arrival flight. However, children under 12 years do not need to present a negative test result.
  2. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form (upon arriving at the V.C. Bird International Airport) and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks.
  3. All arriving passengers must undergo a series of basic assessment questions and simple health monitoring evaluation, as conducted by the Quarantine Authority to determine if that person needs to be tested again for Covid-19 upon arrival to the airport.
  4. All arriving passengers are required to use the authorized certified ground transportation available outside of the V.C. Bird International Airport Arrivals Terminal for going to their place of stay or to their chartered boat.
  5. Arriving passengers must wear a face mask in public spaces, unless otherwise stated by local authorities.
  6. Arriving passengers must comply with social distancing protocols at all times when in public spaces, unless otherwise stated by local authorities.
  7. Persons traveling from Antigua or Barbuda to countries that require a negative COVID-19 test result to be shown on arrival, can arrange to have the RT-PCR test or Antigen test performed at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in Michael’s Mount on the island of Antigua. Testing is available at a cost to each individual.

Fair winds!

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