COVID-19 ADJUSTED PROTOCOLS
This list of information has been compiled with the relevant authorities. We will be keeping this up to date as the situation changes, however if you have any queries about specific government departments, please call them directly to ensure you receive clarification from the authorised bodies.
As updates are made to advisories or new notices issued by the government they will be posted on our advisories post here: https://abma.ag/2020/03/update-on-antigua-barbuda-travel-entry-protocols-and-procedures-due-to-the-coronavirus/
COASTGUARD – CAN BE CALLED ON CHANNEL 16 – As the official authority for managing maritime laws, the Coastguard is mandated to manage movement on the water at all times.
Clearing into Antigua – Clearance into Antigua can take place at the Nevis Street Pier in St. John’s and Nelson’s Dockyard only.
Clearing out of Antigua – Clearing out can be done at Nevis Street Pier in St. Johns or at Nelson’s Dockyard. Please call the Coastguard 24-hours before leaving to seek permission to move the boat to St. John’s prior to clearing out. If clearing out from within the National Park, please call Marina Manager Marius Smith between 9 – 12 pm daily. Tel no: 464-6941.
For details on yacht clearance procedures please check out this link. https://abma.ag/yachting/yacht-entry-and-clearance-procedures/
Curfew – A curfew is in place from 11 pm to 5 am daily.
Beaches – are now open 7 days a week from 5am to 7pm. (Please note this is 2 hours prior to the end of curfew daily. No picnicking, alcohol or social gatherings.). Please be aware that different rules may apply on Bank Holidays.
Wearing of Masks – This is now mandatory when leaving your property and in public places. Homemade masks are acceptable, but your nose and mouth must be covered. Police have the authority to arrest you if your mask is not in place. Please note this law applies to everyone in Antigua whether visiting temporarily or residing permanently.
Please note that although a mask is not required to be worn when exercising, the person should have a mask ready to put on once exercising has finished.
When visiting restaurants masks must be worn and can be taken off to eat and drink only. Please note once moving around a restaurant or bar, a mask must be worn at all times.
A person who fails to comply with these special measures commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars or to imprisonment for six (6) months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Barbuda – Visiting yachts can now go to Barbuda but please note boats cannot clear in or out of Barbuda.
Insurance Options – Boats who are looking at the viability of staying in Antigua during the Hurricane Season may need to seek insurance cover. Local companies to approach are:
Anjo Insurances – www.anjoinsure.com firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 726-7047
Caribbean Alliance – www.caribbeanalliance.com
Marine Services – The ABMA membership consists of marine service businesses. The A-Z list can be found here: https://abma.ag/directory/ .
Marinas – Check here for a full list of Marinas along with contact details.
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