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.

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. Reconstruction work is still taking place. If you’re planning to visit Barbuda during the 2018 hurricane season, you should monitor local and international weather updates, follow the advice of the local authorities and ensure your accommodation is secure.

You can find further information on the impact of Hurricane Irma on the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

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.