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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The island of Barbuda due to the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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

If you decide to travel to Antigua and Barbuda:

Barbuda

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in Barbuda.  Local government officials mandated the evacuation of the island's residents to Antigua, and few have returned. Much of Barbuda’s infrastructure was destroyed; electricity and running water have yet to be restored. Antigua’s infrastructure remains largely intact.

Visit our website on Travel to High-Risk Areas.

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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.

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: 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

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!   

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

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:

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.

Last Updated: January 10, 2018
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