Antigua and Barbuda has announced a phased reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality sector, with the first commercial flight to the island nation set to touch down on Thursday (4 June).
The island’s ministry of health, wellness and environment has reopened the country’s borders to regional and international travellers under strict new rules touching "every element" of the visitor experience from arrival through ground transfers, resorts and accommodation, restaurants, tours and attractions.
Minister of tourism Charles Fernandez said the health and safety of residents and guests remained the country’s "top priority".
“Despite the severe economic strain on our economy resulting from the closure of our tourism industry, we waited until we were in a position to reassure both our citizens and our prospective guests that every precaution is being taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday experience," he said.
"The travel safety protocols have been developed under the guidance of the ministry of health, with the full support and cooperation of our stakeholders."