The Government of Montserrat is advising visitors to the island, to rearrange their flights and depart earlier than they may have initially planned.
This was agreed to in a Cabinet meeting today (Sunday March 15), as international airlines have been implementing new measures as part of efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19. International airlines and many countries are imposing a range of restrictions, which make return journeys increasingly difficult as time goes by.
The public is also asked to note that all St. Patrick’s Festival activities are to be cancelled. The special promotional return ferry offer between Antigua and Montserrat is also cancelled.
Further details and updates on Government of Montserrat measures will be provided as the situation continues to evolve.
On March 14, the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that it is investigating a suspected case of COVID-19 on the island. This individual, who is currently under home isolation, arrived on Montserrat from the United Kingdom after travelling to Antigua on British Airways flight 2157, which was transporting a passenger whom the Antiguan authorities identified as Positive for COVID-19.
The Government of Montserrat is therefore appealing to any remaining visitor, who travelled on the March 10, 2020 BA flight 2157, who has not yet made themselves known to the authorities here, to do so without fail by 6:00p.m. Under no circumstances should any such passengers try to travel back to Antigua without making themselves known to authorities here. As was previously announced, please contact the authorities on 491-2880 or 491-4520 by 6:00p.m. this evening (March 15).
The Government expresses regrets to the visitors, however public safety is paramount. The Government of Montserrat looks forward to welcoming all visitors back in easier times.