ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA REMOVED FROM ZIKA ADVISORIES AS WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REVISES THE VIRUS’ COUNTRY CLASSIFICATION
JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (October 22, 2018) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism are committed to the safety and health of visitors to Antigua and Barbuda.
We are pleased to announce that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized Antigua and Barbuda along with most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission.
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the Region. This was matched by data shared with CARPHA by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, which showed that no Zika had been detected for over 12 months in travellers returning from the Caribbean to their countries.
Antigua and Barbuda had its last confirmed case of the Zika virus in November 2016. There have been no cases detected since. Active surveillance and vigorous vector control have contributed to the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment’s success in combating the Zika virus disease.
Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez said: “We are committed to protecting the health and safety of visitors to our shores, and we look forward to welcoming all our visitors inclusive of honeymooners, and families as they can now travel with peace of mind to Antigua and Barbuda.”
Voted the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination by the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and again in 2018, Antigua and Barbuda has gained a reputation as a leader in the wedding and honeymoon market.
Antigua and Barbuda’s no residency requirements make it perfectly suited for the ultimate romantic wedding or honeymoon getaway. The destination boasts award-winning properties, romance-inducing landscapes, exciting excursions and a luxurious beach for every day of the year.
For more information on Antigua and Barbuda: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Travel Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, the twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches – one for every day of the year. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities.
Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere. Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com or follow us on Twitter. http://twitter.com/antiguabarbuda Facebook www.facebook.com/antiguabarbuda