US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Antigua and Barbuda. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as the US citizen has possession of a return airline ticket and confirmation of an accommodation, such as a hotel reservation.

US Embassy/Consulate

US does not have an embassy in Antigua and Barbuda; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Antigua and Barbuda; US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; alternate contact is the US Embassy in Barbados [1] (246) 227-4000; US Embassy in Bridgetown, Wildey Business Park, St. Michael BB 14006, Barbados, WI

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

999, 911


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.


Tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation

Currency (Code)

Eastern Caribbean dollars (XCD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B

Plug Type APlug Type B

Major Languages

English (official), Antiguan creole

Major Religions

Protestant 68.3%, Roman Catholic 8.2%, other 12.2%

Time Difference

UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit

Suggested; additionally, traveler will need to present their US driver's license & IDP to local police to pay a special registration fee

Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

17-Mile Beach; Nelson's Dockyard National Park; Dickenson Bay; Saint John's; Indian Town National Park (includes Devil's Bridge); Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Major Sports

Soccer, cricket

Cultural Practices

Greet people when entering a shop or business; otherwise expect slow service or you might be ignored.

Tipping Guidelines

If the service charge is not automatically added to the bill, tip 10 - 15% in restaurants. Tip bellhops $1-2 (USD) per bag and the same per day for housekeeping. Taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.


Lavender jade/precious-gem jewelry, pottery, woven baskets, scrimshaw art, rum

Traditional Cuisine

Fungee — a cornmeal breadball or patty eaten with vegetable mash and a sauce made from tomatoes, garlic, and salted codfish

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022