Antigua and Barbuda - Exercise a high degree of caution
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Antigua and Barbuda. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution in Antigua and Barbuda due to limited medical resources, unreliable public transportation and moderate crime rates.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Petty crime and armed assaults against tourists can occur and incidents sometimes involve firearms. Take necessary precautions and remain vigilant. Avoid deserted and unpatrolled beaches after dark. Check with local authorities to determine which beaches are safe. Do not carry large sums of cash or wear jewellery. Ensure valuables, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Traffic drives on the left. Main roads are well maintained, though street lights are uncommon and there is a lack of signage. Wild animals may stray into traffic. For more information on road conditions and traffic safety, consult the Department of Tourism (tel.: 268-462-0480, email: email@example.com.)
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check for up-to-date information with the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda: 60 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 601, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5, tel.: 416-961-3143/3085, fax: 416-961-7218, email: info@antigua-barbuda-ca.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Antigua and Barbuda, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. You must also comply with entry requirements for the United States if transiting through the country before arriving in Antigua and Barbuda. For more information, consult the Canada Border Services Agency.
Tourist visa: Not required Business visa: Not required Student permit: Required
You must present an onward or return ticket and you may be asked to present proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Medical facilities are adequate, but there is no decompression chamber available on the islands. Cases are referred to Guadeloupe or Saba. Clinics and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for medical services.
Civilians may not import camouflage material. It is an offence for civilians to dress in camouflage clothing or to carry items made of camouflage material.
If planning to marry in Antigua and Barbuda, ensure that you meet all requirements before leaving Canada. Most countries require you to produce a certificate stating that there are no Canadian impediments to your marriage. You should arrange to obtain the certificate in Canada before your departure.
You must have a local driving permit to drive in Antigua and Barbuda. It can be obtained for 50EC$ at any car rental agency or police station upon presentation of a valid Canadian driver's licence.
If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments, seek legal advice from professionals in Canada and locally before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.
The currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD).
Natural Disasters & Climate
The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
Register your travel plans
There is no resident Canadian government office in Antigua and Barbuda. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Bridgetown - High Commission of Canada
Bishop's Court Hill, St. Michael, P.O. Box 404, Bridgetown, Barbados BB11113
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For emergency assistance after hours, call the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados, and follow the instructions. You may also place a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.