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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda.

Exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Antigua and Barbuda:

Barbuda

While Antigua received little damage during the 2017 hurricane season, Barbuda was seriously damaged. Infrastructure on Barbuda is still being rebuilt and there is power to fewer than half of the residences on the island.  

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with update to information about and Travel Advisory level for Barbuda.

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Embassy Messages

Alerts

Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


180 days following your departure date

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


1 page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


No, but see entry-exit requirements below

VACCINATIONS:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


None

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.

Destination Description

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

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:
Generally, all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport when traveling to Antigua and Barbuda, as well as proof of anticipated departure from the country. This includes travelers arriving by airplane and by private sea-going vessel. Those traveling to Antigua and Barbuda on a cruise may use another Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air.

HIV/AIDS:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Antigua and Barbuda.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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 leave drinks unattended, as there have been reports of use of date rape drugs.
  • Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods. These are illegal in the United States, and you may also be breaking local law.

Firearms: Do not enter Antigua and Barbuda with firearms or ammunition without prior express consent from the Antigua and Barbuda government. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda with questions regarding travel with firearms.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 911 or 999, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (246) 227-4000.

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

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

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

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 United States
  • 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.

Watersports Advisory: Carefully assess the potential risks of recreational water activities and consider 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 and boat traffic in the area. 

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. 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. 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, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Firearms: Do not enter Antigua and Barbuda with firearms or ammunition without prior express consent from the Antigua and Barbuda government. Please contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda with questions regarding travel with firearms.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Consensual same-sex sexual activity between adult men is illegal under indecency statutes and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years.  Local law does not extend spousal rights or privileges to LGBTI individuals married outside of Antigua and Barbuda. 

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 mobility issues. Sidewalks (if they exist) are very uneven and will only occasionally have ramps or curb cuts at intersections. Pedestrian crossings are also very infrequent and can be poorly marked. Buses and taxis do not have special accommodations.

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

Women Travelers:
 See our travel tips for Women Travelers

Health

Medical facilities in Antigua and Barbuda do not meet U.S. standards. There is no hyperbaric chamber, and divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to ensure the medication is legal in Antigua and Barbuda. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are present:

  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Zika

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

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Be extremely careful when driving, riding in a vehicle, or crossing roads on foot. Major roads are in average to poor condition, and you may encounter wandering animals and slow moving heavy equipment. Drivers often stop in the middle of the roadway without warning. 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.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Antigua and Barbuda’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Antigua and Barbuda should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts.  Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.

Last Updated: February 26, 2019

Travel Advisory Levels

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 Map