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UPDATE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION
Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Dear Members and Visitors,

In light of the obligatory Health and Safety protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health and Wellness as well as the socio-economic issues that have arisen from the State of Emergency guidelines put in place for COVID-19, new procedures have been formulated for an Extension of Stay Permit in Antigua and Barbuda. They encompass the safeguarding of immigration officers as well as our clientele whilst adhering to the statutory requirements for an Extension of Stay Permit.
 
As the outbreak is an evolving situation, some of the procedures are subject to change depending on the directives of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda.

This document reflects the position of the Department of Immigration (DOI) as of 20 April 2020 and will be regularly updated should the need arise.

Key Points:
•    For people wishing to extend their stay PAST May 31st, 2020 – contact DOI to set up an appointment. These appointments will take place at Nelson’s Dockyard. A Medical Practitioner will be available at the appointment for all first-time extension appointments.
 
•    For people with expired permits FROM 1st April 2020 – you will be issued with an automatic extension valid up to May 31st, 2020 and will be payable on departure from Antigua and Barbuda as an Outbound Processing Fee in lieu of a full Extension of Stay Permit.
 
•    For people with expired permit BEFORE 1st April 2020 and intending to leave on or before May 31st, 2020 will pay a normal extension fee payable on departure from Antigua and Barbuda.
 
•    Accommodation has also been made for signing off crew.
 
For the full details and fees list please read this document carefully. If you have any queries with regards to the procedures please contact the Department of Immigration directly. Telephone and email details are included in the document.
 
We would like to thank all of the Government Agencies for their continued support of the Yachting Industry given the current challenges of operations to provide procedures that will significantly improve the safety for our members and visitors while protecting the officers who have to perform their duties.
 
We would like to re-enforce that all movement outside of your home or boat must include wearing a mask and for you to adhere to strict social distancing requirements. We will continue to update the website as any further changes take place.

For Frequently Asked Questions: www.abma.ag/faq. For updated Government Advisories, click here.

Kind regards,
ABMA Secretariat

 


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