Foreign travel advice

Antigua and Barbuda

Summary

The hurricane season in Antigua and Barbuda normally runs from June to November. You should monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the instructions of the local authorities. See Natural disasters.

Hurricane Maria passed near Antigua & Barbuda on 18 September. There are no reports of damage to hotels or tourist infrastructure on Antigua. The airport is open. Visitors should follow the advice of the local authorities and their tour operators. The island of Barbuda was seriously hit by Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017 and further affected by Hurricane Jose on 9 September 2017. Many buildings were destroyed.. The government of Antigua and Barbuda has evacuated the population of Barbuda to Antigua. They are also organising emergency supplies of food, drinking water and medical supplies. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. You can find further information on the impact of Hurricane Irma on the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

See this page for more information on the UK government response and advice for British nationals. The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000.

UK health authorities have classified Antigua and Barbuda as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Antigua and Barbuda. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Most visits to Antigua and Barbuda are trouble-free but there have been incidents of crime including murder, armed robbery and sexual assault. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Antigua and Barbuda, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.