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Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Last Updated: August 25, 2016
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

180 days following your departure date 

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Antigua
Suite #2 Jasmine Court, Friars Hill Road, St. John's
Telephone: +(268) 463-6531
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000 (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown)
The Consular Agent in Antigua can assist with some routine services and emergencies.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Antigua and Barbuda for information on U.S. – Antigua and Barbuda relations

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and visa: U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport that is valid for 180 days following your departure date. No visa is required if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself. Passport cards are not accepted.

NOTE: Be aware that Caribbean cruises that begin and end in the United States (closed loop cruises) do not require that you travel with a valid passport. However, should you need to disembark due to an emergency and you do not have a valid passport, you may encounter difficulties entering or remaining in a foreign country. You may also have difficulty attempting to re-enter the United States by air because many airlines will require a valid passport before allowing you to board the aircraft. As such, we strongly recommend that you always travel abroad with your valid passport.

HIV/AIDS: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda before you travel.


Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs Information page

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Safety and Security

Crime: Crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery, petty street crime, automobile break-ins and burglary, do occur. Do not leave valuables unattended in public areas, unsecured hotel rooms or in rental homes.

Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods. These are illegal in the United States, and you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime: For police, fire and medical emergencies call 999 or 911. After you have contacted local authorities, contact the U.S. Embassy at (246) 227-4000.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance at (246) 227-4000.

For further information:

Watersports Advisory: You should carefully assess the potential risks inherent in recreational water activities and measure your participation in them against your physical capabilities and skills. Never venture out alone, particularly at isolated beaches or far out to sea. Avoid entering the water above your waist if you have been drinking and always be mindful of jet ski traffic in the area. When in doubt, stay out!   

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs or firearms are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, request that the police or prison officials notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Firearms: Firearms entry restrictions may exist. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda before you travel.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex marriage is not allowed under local law, and even the impression that a same-sex marriage is taking place can be construed as a violation of the law. Visitors are warned against holding any type of ceremony or event that could appear to be a same-sex marriage.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access to buildings, pedestrian paths and transportation is extremely difficult for persons with disabilities. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are also very infrequent and can be poorly marked. Buses and taxis do not have special accommodations for disabled persons.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers

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Health

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas and that doctors and hospital will expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Medical facilities in Antigua and Barbuda do not meet U.S. standards. The principal medical facility is Mount St. John (telephone (268) 462-0251). There is no hyperbaric chamber; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island.

Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact.  The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website

Chikungunya and dengue fever are present on the island.  Travelers should carry and use CDC recommended insect repellents.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Visitors are warned to be extremely careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot. Major roads are in average to poor condition, and drivers may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning, so you should always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and watch for signs of sudden braking. Automobiles may lack working safety and signaling devices.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Traffic Laws: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. There is relatively little police enforcement of traffic regulations.

Public Transportation: Buses and vans are frequently crowded and may travel at excessive speeds. Make certain that taxi drivers are licensed and are members of the official taxi association. Unlicensed taxi operators have been known to extort money from passengers, despite having agreed to a fare beforehand. This can sometimes amount to double or triple the agreed-upon fare.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assesses whether local civil aviation authorities are in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters.
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Antigua
Suite #2 Jasmine Court, Friars Hill Road, St. John's
Telephone: +(268) 463-6531
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000 (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown)
The Consular Agent in Antigua can assist with some routine services and emergencies.

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General Information

Antigua and Barbuda is not a signatory to the Hague Abduction Convention.  

For information concerning travel to Antigua and Barbuda, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, health conditions, currency and entry regulations, and crime and security, please see country-specific information for Antigua & Barbados

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Antigua and Barbuda uses a common law system based on British law.  Terminology used in custody cases are similar to those used in the United States and include “custody” and “access.”  All divorce and custody cases are handled by the High Court.  In Antigua and Barbuda, parents who are legally married share custody of their children.  If they are not married, by law the custody is granted to the mother absent a court order specifying otherwise.  Factors that may prompt such a court order could include inappropriate behavior, mental or social problems.  When a father is granted custody of a child, the mother is guaranteed visitation rights.  

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Return

Children with a parent or grandparent who has citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda automatically become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, regardless of the place the child is born.

Dual nationality is recognized under the law of Antigua and Barbuda. 

Parents, but typically mothers, are the ones that apply for the passports of children under the age of 16 in Antigua and Barbuda.  If a father were to apply for a passport for his child, he would likely need to produce evidence that the mother consents to the issuance of the passport.

Antigua and Barbuda does not allow a child to be entered on a parent’s passport.

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Visitation/Access

Antigua and Barbuda does not require exit visas for departure. There is no formal requirement for a parent to produce written permission for a child to depart Antigua and Barbuda, although immigration officials in Antigua may occasionally ask to see written permission from a non-traveling parent. It is possible, however, that the departure of an individual could be restricted if immigration authorities are alerted by the local police.

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Retaining an Attorney

Judges in Antigua and Barbuda normally request an investigation by the Citizen Welfare Division in a custody dispute.  Should the judge order the parties to seek mediation, the High Court has trained counselors available to perform this service.

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Mediation

Children with a parent or grandparent who has citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda automatically become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, regardless of the place the child is born.

Dual nationality is recognized under the law of Antigua and Barbuda. 

Parents, but typically mothers, are the ones that apply for the passports of children under the age of 16 in Antigua and Barbuda.  If a father were to apply for a passport for his child, he would likely need to produce evidence that the mother consents to the issuance of the passport.

Antigua and Barbuda does not allow a child to be entered on a parent’s passport.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Both adoptions to the United States from Antigua and Barbuda and from the United States to Antigua and Barbuda are possible.
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Antigua and Barbuda is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Under the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA), which became effective on July 14, 2014, the accreditation requirement and standards, which previously only applied in Convention cases, now also apply in non-Convention (“orphan”) cases under section 101(b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider acts as a primary provider in every case, and that adoption service providers providing adoption services on behalf of prospective adoptive parents be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should review the State Department’s Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 webpage for further information. Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Convention countries continue to be processed under the Orphan Process with the filing of the Forms I-600A and I-600. However, adoption service providers should be aware of the information on the USCIS website on the impact on Form I-600A and Form I-600 adjudications under the UAA, including the requirement that all home studies, including home study updates and amendments, comply with the Convention home study requirements, which differ from the orphan home study requirements that were in effect before July 14, 2014.

Antigua and Barbuda has no designated adoption authority. U.S. citizens considering adoption from Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in the United States for information about how to contact the appropriate government entity in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda is not generally a country of origin for intercountry adoption. While intercountry adoption is legally possible, children from Antigua and Barbuda are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. No child from Antigua and Barbuda has received a U.S. adoption immigrant visa relating to an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided may be of assistance in extremely rare intercountry adoption cases from Antigua and Barbuda, which might include adoptions of children from Antigua and Barbuda by relatives in the United States, or adoptions of children from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda does not have a central adoption authority. Intercountry adoption is handled by the judiciary, which generally does not consider issues related to intercountry adoption. The laws of Antigua and Barbuda require that prospective adoptive parents must be legally resident in, and physically domiciled in, Antigua and Barbuda.

U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in the United States to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda.  See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website for information on consular services.

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Who Can Adopt
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Who Can Be Adopted
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Traveling Abroad
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After Adoption
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Contact Information

N/A. Antigua and Barbuda has no central adoption authority identified by law..

U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados 
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael, BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 227-4000
Fax: (246) 431-0179
Email: BridgetownACS@state.gov
Internet: https://bb.usembassy.gov/

Antigua Barbuda Embassy in the United States
OECS Building
3216 New Mexico Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 1-202-362-5122
Tel: 1-202-362-5166
Fax: 1- 202-362-5525
Email: embantbar@aol.com

Antigua and Barbuda also have Consulates in Miami and New York

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who is also the Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the record book and is given on Form #R.O.27.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Death/Burial
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:  

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Registrar of Deaths for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Burial Certificates
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:  

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Registrar of Deaths for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Divorce
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Once a final adoption order has been entered by a court, adoptive parents may apply for a new birth certificate listing them as parents of the adopted child at the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

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Identity Card

Available:  Antigua and Barbuda driver’s licenses and electoral cards are both considered reliable forms of identity on the islands.

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records
 

Available

Fees:  EC$5.00 for the record plus postage and bank charges for currency exchange.

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Commissioner of Police, Criminal Record Office, St. John's Police Station, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:  Overseas applicants must submit one set of fingerprints, a birth certificate and two passport-size photographs. Applicants applying in person must present a passport; a thumbprint will be placed on the document the applicant receives.

Under Antigua and Barbuda law, convictions are automatically expunged from a person’s record after the passage of a number of years.  The time from conviction to expungement varies depending on the severity of the offense.

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Court Records
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Court Registry in St John’s Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applicants can apply for their records at the Court Registry in St John’s Antigua.

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Prison Records
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:  Available from the Prison Office, Coronation Road, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining: 

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

Military Records

Available: for those serving in the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: records are available from: Commander, Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Factory Road, St. John's, Antigua. For those serving in the British Armed Forces, records are available from the appropriate British authority in London. (See United Kingdom).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):   Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and issues standard CARICOM passports, which are ICAO compliant. 

Antigua and Barbuda operates a citizenship by investment program whereby foreigners may obtain Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and a full validity Antigua and Barbuda passport for an investment of $250,000.  There is no residency requirement for foreigners who obtain citizenship through this program.

The Department has determined passports issued under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program are valid under INA 101(a)(30).  Although a visa may be placed in such passports, applicants must still establish their identity to the satisfaction of a consular officer.  Applicants may need to present other supporting documents (a passport issued by another foreign government, school ID, identity certificate) to establish both identity and nationality.  During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born and if the individual is potential dual national. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Bridgetown or the Visa Office with any questions regarding the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program.

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Government Authority:

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

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Exceptions:

Comments:

Other Documents Available: 

Other Records

Baptismal Certificate
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the minister or priest of the church where the baptism occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

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Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Embassy of the United States Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS

Address:

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.

Phone Number:

Main switchboard: (246) 227-4000

Consular Section (Questions): (246) 227-4399

Consular Section Fax: (246) 431-0179

Visa Appointment Hotline (Only): (246) 227-4227

Public Affairs Section Fax: (246) 429-5316

Visa Services: Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Comments / Additional Information:

Consular Section Email:
 Non-Immigrant Visas - bridgetownniv@state.gov
 Immigrant Visas - bridgetowniv@state.gov
 American Citizen Services - bridgetownacs@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 362-5122 (202) 362-5225

New York, NY (212) 541-4119 (646) 215-6009

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone
+(246) 227-4399
Emergency
+(246) 227-4000
Fax
+(246) 431-0179
Antigua and Barbuda Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

180 days following your departure date 

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Antigua
Suite #2 Jasmine Court, Friars Hill Road, St. John's
Telephone: +(268) 463-6531
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000 (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown)
The Consular Agent in Antigua can assist with some routine services and emergencies.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Antigua and Barbuda for information on U.S. – Antigua and Barbuda relations

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and visa: U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport that is valid for 180 days following your departure date. No visa is required if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself. Passport cards are not accepted.

NOTE: Be aware that Caribbean cruises that begin and end in the United States (closed loop cruises) do not require that you travel with a valid passport. However, should you need to disembark due to an emergency and you do not have a valid passport, you may encounter difficulties entering or remaining in a foreign country. You may also have difficulty attempting to re-enter the United States by air because many airlines will require a valid passport before allowing you to board the aircraft. As such, we strongly recommend that you always travel abroad with your valid passport.

HIV/AIDS: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda before you travel.


Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs Information page

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Safety and Security

Crime: Crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery, petty street crime, automobile break-ins and burglary, do occur. Do not leave valuables unattended in public areas, unsecured hotel rooms or in rental homes.

Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods. These are illegal in the United States, and you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime: For police, fire and medical emergencies call 999 or 911. After you have contacted local authorities, contact the U.S. Embassy at (246) 227-4000.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance at (246) 227-4000.

For further information:

Watersports Advisory: You should carefully assess the potential risks inherent in recreational water activities and measure your participation in them against your physical capabilities and skills. Never venture out alone, particularly at isolated beaches or far out to sea. Avoid entering the water above your waist if you have been drinking and always be mindful of jet ski traffic in the area. When in doubt, stay out!   

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs or firearms are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, request that the police or prison officials notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Firearms: Firearms entry restrictions may exist. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda before you travel.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex marriage is not allowed under local law, and even the impression that a same-sex marriage is taking place can be construed as a violation of the law. Visitors are warned against holding any type of ceremony or event that could appear to be a same-sex marriage.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Access to buildings, pedestrian paths and transportation is extremely difficult for persons with disabilities. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are also very infrequent and can be poorly marked. Buses and taxis do not have special accommodations for disabled persons.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers

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Health

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas and that doctors and hospital will expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Medical facilities in Antigua and Barbuda do not meet U.S. standards. The principal medical facility is Mount St. John (telephone (268) 462-0251). There is no hyperbaric chamber; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island.

Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact.  The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website

Chikungunya and dengue fever are present on the island.  Travelers should carry and use CDC recommended insect repellents.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Visitors are warned to be extremely careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot. Major roads are in average to poor condition, and drivers may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning, so you should always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and watch for signs of sudden braking. Automobiles may lack working safety and signaling devices.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Traffic Laws: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. There is relatively little police enforcement of traffic regulations.

Public Transportation: Buses and vans are frequently crowded and may travel at excessive speeds. Make certain that taxi drivers are licensed and are members of the official taxi association. Unlicensed taxi operators have been known to extort money from passengers, despite having agreed to a fare beforehand. This can sometimes amount to double or triple the agreed-upon fare.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assesses whether local civil aviation authorities are in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters.
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Antigua
Suite #2 Jasmine Court, Friars Hill Road, St. John's
Telephone: +(268) 463-6531
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000 (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown)
The Consular Agent in Antigua can assist with some routine services and emergencies.

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General Information

Antigua and Barbuda is not a signatory to the Hague Abduction Convention.  

For information concerning travel to Antigua and Barbuda, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, health conditions, currency and entry regulations, and crime and security, please see country-specific information for Antigua & Barbados

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Antigua and Barbuda uses a common law system based on British law.  Terminology used in custody cases are similar to those used in the United States and include “custody” and “access.”  All divorce and custody cases are handled by the High Court.  In Antigua and Barbuda, parents who are legally married share custody of their children.  If they are not married, by law the custody is granted to the mother absent a court order specifying otherwise.  Factors that may prompt such a court order could include inappropriate behavior, mental or social problems.  When a father is granted custody of a child, the mother is guaranteed visitation rights.  

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Return

Children with a parent or grandparent who has citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda automatically become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, regardless of the place the child is born.

Dual nationality is recognized under the law of Antigua and Barbuda. 

Parents, but typically mothers, are the ones that apply for the passports of children under the age of 16 in Antigua and Barbuda.  If a father were to apply for a passport for his child, he would likely need to produce evidence that the mother consents to the issuance of the passport.

Antigua and Barbuda does not allow a child to be entered on a parent’s passport.

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Visitation/Access

Antigua and Barbuda does not require exit visas for departure. There is no formal requirement for a parent to produce written permission for a child to depart Antigua and Barbuda, although immigration officials in Antigua may occasionally ask to see written permission from a non-traveling parent. It is possible, however, that the departure of an individual could be restricted if immigration authorities are alerted by the local police.

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Retaining an Attorney

Judges in Antigua and Barbuda normally request an investigation by the Citizen Welfare Division in a custody dispute.  Should the judge order the parties to seek mediation, the High Court has trained counselors available to perform this service.

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Mediation

Children with a parent or grandparent who has citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda automatically become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, regardless of the place the child is born.

Dual nationality is recognized under the law of Antigua and Barbuda. 

Parents, but typically mothers, are the ones that apply for the passports of children under the age of 16 in Antigua and Barbuda.  If a father were to apply for a passport for his child, he would likely need to produce evidence that the mother consents to the issuance of the passport.

Antigua and Barbuda does not allow a child to be entered on a parent’s passport.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Both adoptions to the United States from Antigua and Barbuda and from the United States to Antigua and Barbuda are possible.
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Antigua and Barbuda is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Under the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA), which became effective on July 14, 2014, the accreditation requirement and standards, which previously only applied in Convention cases, now also apply in non-Convention (“orphan”) cases under section 101(b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider acts as a primary provider in every case, and that adoption service providers providing adoption services on behalf of prospective adoptive parents be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should review the State Department’s Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 webpage for further information. Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Convention countries continue to be processed under the Orphan Process with the filing of the Forms I-600A and I-600. However, adoption service providers should be aware of the information on the USCIS website on the impact on Form I-600A and Form I-600 adjudications under the UAA, including the requirement that all home studies, including home study updates and amendments, comply with the Convention home study requirements, which differ from the orphan home study requirements that were in effect before July 14, 2014.

Antigua and Barbuda has no designated adoption authority. U.S. citizens considering adoption from Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in the United States for information about how to contact the appropriate government entity in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda is not generally a country of origin for intercountry adoption. While intercountry adoption is legally possible, children from Antigua and Barbuda are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. No child from Antigua and Barbuda has received a U.S. adoption immigrant visa relating to an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided may be of assistance in extremely rare intercountry adoption cases from Antigua and Barbuda, which might include adoptions of children from Antigua and Barbuda by relatives in the United States, or adoptions of children from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda does not have a central adoption authority. Intercountry adoption is handled by the judiciary, which generally does not consider issues related to intercountry adoption. The laws of Antigua and Barbuda require that prospective adoptive parents must be legally resident in, and physically domiciled in, Antigua and Barbuda.

U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Antigua and Barbuda should contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in the United States to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda.  See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

N/A. Antigua and Barbuda has no central adoption authority identified by law..

U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados 
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael, BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 227-4000
Fax: (246) 431-0179
Email: BridgetownACS@state.gov
Internet: https://bb.usembassy.gov/

Antigua Barbuda Embassy in the United States
OECS Building
3216 New Mexico Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 1-202-362-5122
Tel: 1-202-362-5166
Fax: 1- 202-362-5525
Email: embantbar@aol.com

Antigua and Barbuda also have Consulates in Miami and New York

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who is also the Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the record book and is given on Form #R.O.27.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

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Certified Copies Available:

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Exceptions:

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Death/Burial
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:  

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Registrar of Deaths for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

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Burial Certificates
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:  

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Registrar of Deaths for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

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Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

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Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available: Yes

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Divorce
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

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Certified Copies Available: Yes

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Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Once a final adoption order has been entered by a court, adoptive parents may apply for a new birth certificate listing them as parents of the adopted child at the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Fees:

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Identity Card

Available:  Antigua and Barbuda driver’s licenses and electoral cards are both considered reliable forms of identity on the islands.

Fees:

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records
 

Available

Fees:  EC$5.00 for the record plus postage and bank charges for currency exchange.

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Available from the Commissioner of Police, Criminal Record Office, St. John's Police Station, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:  Overseas applicants must submit one set of fingerprints, a birth certificate and two passport-size photographs. Applicants applying in person must present a passport; a thumbprint will be placed on the document the applicant receives.

Under Antigua and Barbuda law, convictions are automatically expunged from a person’s record after the passage of a number of years.  The time from conviction to expungement varies depending on the severity of the offense.

Certified Copies Available:

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Court Records
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: Court Registry in St John’s Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

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Procedure for Obtaining:  Applicants can apply for their records at the Court Registry in St John’s Antigua.

Certified Copies Available:

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Prison Records
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority:  Available from the Prison Office, Coronation Road, St. John's, Antigua.

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Military Records

Available: for those serving in the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: records are available from: Commander, Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Factory Road, St. John's, Antigua. For those serving in the British Armed Forces, records are available from the appropriate British authority in London. (See United Kingdom).

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):   Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and issues standard CARICOM passports, which are ICAO compliant. 

Antigua and Barbuda operates a citizenship by investment program whereby foreigners may obtain Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and a full validity Antigua and Barbuda passport for an investment of $250,000.  There is no residency requirement for foreigners who obtain citizenship through this program.

The Department has determined passports issued under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program are valid under INA 101(a)(30).  Although a visa may be placed in such passports, applicants must still establish their identity to the satisfaction of a consular officer.  Applicants may need to present other supporting documents (a passport issued by another foreign government, school ID, identity certificate) to establish both identity and nationality.  During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born and if the individual is potential dual national. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Bridgetown or the Visa Office with any questions regarding the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program.

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Other Records

Baptismal Certificate
 

Available

Fees:

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Issuing Authority: Available from the minister or priest of the church where the baptism occurred.

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Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Embassy of the United States Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS

Address:

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.

Phone Number:

Main switchboard: (246) 227-4000

Consular Section (Questions): (246) 227-4399

Consular Section Fax: (246) 431-0179

Visa Appointment Hotline (Only): (246) 227-4227

Public Affairs Section Fax: (246) 429-5316

Visa Services: Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Comments / Additional Information:

Consular Section Email:
 Non-Immigrant Visas - bridgetownniv@state.gov
 Immigrant Visas - bridgetowniv@state.gov
 American Citizen Services - bridgetownacs@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 362-5122 (202) 362-5225

New York, NY (212) 541-4119 (646) 215-6009

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone
+(246) 227-4399
Emergency
+(246) 227-4000
Fax
+(246) 431-0179
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