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Passport Requirements for Antigua

All visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must have an onward or return ticket. Citizens of United States, Canada and United Kingdom do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda but must travel on a valid passport.

Immigration officials are strict about getting exact information about where visitors are staying, and will often request to see a return ticket or ticket for onward travel, as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of the visitor's intended stay.

Prior to departure from the U.S., sea travelers must have a valid U.S. passport or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID.

While a U.S. passport is not mandatory for sea travel, it is recommended since it is a more readily recognized form of positive proof of citizenship.

Cruise ship visitors who would normally require a visa do not require one provided that they arrive in Antigua and Barbuda in the morning and depart the same evening.

The U.S. Consulate General recommends traveling with a valid U.S. passport to avoid delays or misunderstandings. A lost or stolen passport is also easier to replace when outside of the United States than other evidence of citizenship.

For information on entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 362-5122, or consulates in Miami.

Additional information may be found on the Internet on the home page of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism at http://www.antigua-barbuda.com.

For Canadian citizens, a valid Canadian passport should be carried for all visits outside Canada, and it should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to Canada.

However, for travel to Antigua and Barbuda, Canadians are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a driver's license) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate).

Travelers may encounter difficulties upon entry/departure without a valid passport. All travelers to Antigua must be in possession of an onward or return ticket.

These requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveler's responsibility to check with the country's embassy or its consulates for up-to-date information.

Sources:

U.S. State Department: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html
  • Canadian Consular Affairs
    Antigua-Barbuda Government: http://www.antigua-barbuda.com

    Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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    December 15, 2008

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