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This week, the government of Antigua and Barbuda announced that it will be updating its COVID-19 quarantine protocol for travelers entering the country. This announcement could potentially affect plans for students who are traveling to Antigua for on-campus learning. These updated requirements are effective June 1, 2021. I encourage you to read the points below carefully.

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a PCR test no more than 7 days prior to boarding their plane to Antigua. All travelers also will receive a PCR test upon arrival in Antigua.
  • All travelers arriving in Antigua will be subject to quarantine, the terms of which vary based on their individual vaccination status and PCR test results.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers should receive their PCR test results in 48 hours.
      • Those who test negative for COVID-19 can end quarantine immediately. Results are returned within 48 – 96 hours. Visitors may be asked to await at the port of entry during this time.
      • Those who test positive will need to quarantine for 14 days and must be tested again before release.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers should receive their PCR test results in 5 days.
      • Those who test negative can end quarantine within 7 days following arrival.
      • Those who test positive will need to quarantine for 14 days and must be tested again before release.

Please refer to the FAQs above if you have further questions, and visit https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/ for new updates.


  • Incoming Med 1 students starting in August 2021 have the option of engaging in a remote curriculum either in Antigua or from home or elsewhere.  
  • All continuing Preclinical Sciences students are expected to return to the Antigua campus unless there are extenuating circumstances preventing them from doing so. Any reason will require documentation to support that decision. Examples of accepted situations include:
    • Governmental prohibition on traveling
    • Prohibition on air travel to Antigua
    • Active COVID-19 infection
    • Presence of comorbid medical conditions that make travel or exposure to COVID-19 medically dangerous

COVID-19 FAQ & updates

Dear Friends of AUA:

With the COVID-19 pandemic, travel complications, and our students’ safety in mind, American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) has decided to offer a remote curriculum for the August 2021 academic period. Here’s what this means for you:

  • All new AUA students can participate remotely either from their homes or from Antigua with access to our preclinical campus and in-person access to our pre-clinical faculty. Students who opt to participate from Antigua would have in-person access to AUA faculty and facilities, superior wi-fi access for learning and exams, and other educational benefits that are available only on campus.
  • All continuing Preclinical Sciences students will be expected to come to the Antigua campus for their studies, barring extreme extenuating circumstances as listed above.

The campus remains open in order to facilitate the remote curriculum. Certain designated campus facilities, including the library, gym, food court, and study areas, are open and maintaining social distancing guidelines.

The health and safety of our student body is of the utmost priority to us, and a university task force dedicated to COVID-19 is following a comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of any students returning to Antigua. This task force is closely monitoring any potential threats the virus may pose while closely following CDC protocols.

We’ve worked to compile an exhaustive list of questions and answers about COVID-19 and its impact on our academic programming. Please read on, and if your question isn’t answered, send us an email and we’ll do our best to assist.

Stay safe, practice appropriate social distancing, and let’s defeat COVID-19 together.

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy in these challenging times.

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