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Rules for Visiting Antigua and Barbuda under the Citizenship by Investment Program

Many readers of the Internationalwealth.info are already investors in one of the economic citizenship programs in the jurisdictions of the Caribbean Commonwealth or are going to invest in the near future. One such jurisdictions is the small country of Antigua and Barbuda. Unlike the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Government of the Islands of Antigua and Barbuda requires a personal visit to the country to obtain citizenship, especially since it will be necessary to take the oath. The following tips will allow you to learn more detail of the rules for visiting the country and the necessary package of documents for that.

Antigua and Barbuda is a small island nation with a pro-actively growing economy. This country is part of the Caribbean Commonwealth and is considered one of the most attractive places in the world thanks to its beaches. It is not for nothing that this state is called the “country of 365 beaches.” As for the island of Barbuda, its entire territory is a huge reserve where you can see rare species of birds, fish and other representatives of flora and fauna.

Visiting Antigua and Barbuda is an unforgettable experience, and if it used to be difficult to get to this tropical country before, today there are no significant obstacles.

Documents for a trip to Antigua and Barbuda

When planning a leisure or business trip to Antigua you have to prepare the documents you need to cross the border. If you are a national of a country whose residents are required to obtain a visa to visit Antigua and Barbuda, you should contact the nearest consulate of Antigua. The consulate’s website states that the issuing of this document takes 10 workdays, but in fact it can be 15 to 20 days. For this reason, it is advisable to get your visa in advance.

As for Americas, Antigua and Barbuda Consulates are in New-York, Miami and Toronto. In Asia, Antigua and Barbuda is represented in Japan and Korea. In Europe, there are Antigua and Barbuda Consulates in Germany and Sweden.  The Consulate in Germany is in Hamburg. For more information, you can call +49 6172-48 85 00 or email to:  antigua-barbuda@karibik.org

When applying for visa to the consulate, you should present the following:

  1. A valid travel passport that expires at least 6 months after the end of the trip.
  2. Documents confirming the trip (copies of roundtrip e-tickets).
  3. Two color photos 35×45 mm.
  4. One registration form filled out with your own hand. Details about filling it out can be found here: http://www.antigua-barbuda.com/passport-visas/.

All non-English the documents must be translated into English. They should be sent by certified mail at Van-der-Smissen-Strasse 2, 22767, Hamburg, Germany.

You will also need to pay a registration fee of USD 50 (in the case of a single-entry visa with the right to stay in the country for up to 30 days) or USD 70 (with a double-entry visa for up to 6 months). The fee is paid by international money transfer only (the amount should be converted to pounds). All other payment methods will be rejected. If necessary, the Consulate may request other supporting documents.

Below is a list of states whose citizens have the right to visit Antigua and Barbuda with no visa:

European countries
1Austria
2Belgium
3Denmark
4Finland
5France
6Germany
7Greece
8Ireland
9Italy
10Luxembourg
11Netherlands
12Portugal
13Spain
14Sweden
Countries of the British Commonwealth
15United Kingdom
16Australia
17Barbados
18Cyprus
19Kenya
20Malawi
21Malta
22Namibia
23St Kitts and Nevis
24Seychelles
25Solomon Island
26Swaziland
27Trinidad and Tobago
28Botswana
29Bahamas
30Belize
31Dominican Republic
32Kiribati
33Malaysia
34British Mauritius
35Nauru
36Papua New Guinea
37Saint Lucia
38South Africa
39Tanzania
40Tuvalu
41Zambia
42Canada
43Fiji
44Grenada
45Jamaica
46Lesotho
47Maldives
48New Zealand
49Samoa
50St. Vincent
51Singapore
52Tonga
53Uganda
54Vanuatu
55Zimbabwe
Other states
56Albania
57Argentina
58Armenia
59Azerbaijan
60Belarus
61Brazil
62Bulgaria
63Chile
64Estonia
65Georgia
66Hungary
67Japan
68Kazakhstan
69South Korea
70Kyrgyzstan
71Liechtenstein
72Lithuania
73Malta
74Mexico
75Moldova
76Principality of Monaco
77Norway
78Peru
79Poland
80Romania
81Russia
82Slovenia
83Suriname
84Switzerland
85Tajikistan
86Turkey
87Turkmenistan
88Ukraine
89Uzbekistan
90Venezuela

A visa-free regime has been unilaterally introduced for all Russian citizens.

If you can travel to Antigua with no visa, you will need the following to cross the border:

  1. A travel passport that expires no earlier than 30 days before the end of the trip. Your passport must also have at least one free page (it will be used for migration stamps).
  2. Return ticket with a departure date specified.
  3. Confirmation of a hotel’s booking for your duration of stay in Antigua.
  4. Confirmation of your financial standing. It can be cash, traveler’s checks or a statement from your current account with any bank of your country.

Most often, travelers are allowed to stay in Antigua for tourist or business purposes for up to 30 days. If necessary, this period can be extended to 6 months.

Luggage rules in Antigua

You can bring any luggage including 1.14 liters of wine or other spirits. Tobacco can be carried in the amount of no more than 250 grams (up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars).

Any weapons, ammunition and drugs are not allowed to enter the country.

All items of artistic or cultural value can be imported under special permission only.

Import of national (Caribbean dollar) and foreign currency is unlimited. Any large amounts of cash (more than USD 10,000) are subject to mandatory declaration.

All personal belongings and gifts are imported duty-free.

Import of animals into Antigua is only possible if they have a valid international vaccination certificate.

Travelling to Antigua with children

If you plan to travel with a child under 18 and you are their direct relative (mother or father), normally the written consent of the second parent is not required. But the Antigua Migration Service may require this document, so its availability is desirable. Parental Consent must be notarized and translated into English. It must include the name of the country visited by the child and the duration of the trip. To get such a document issued by a notary you need to present a birth certificate of the child.

It is not always necessary to get a passport issued to a child under 14. It would be enough just to get their name written in to your passport. But this will require a child’s picture anyway. If for any reason it is impossible, you will have to get a passport issued for your child. You need to apply to the relevant authorities in your country for that.

As for children over 14, they can travel exclusively with their own passport.

When passing border control, a child of 14 to 18 should have on them:

  1. Parental Consent (in the case of traveling with one of the parents).
  2. Birth certificate.
  3. In the event of a divorce or death of one of the parents, a death certificate or documents proving the dissolution of the marriage must be provided.

International airports often search for missing children, so be prepared for the fact that your child can be asked questions about their family, hometown and other details.

Rules for leaving Antigua and Barbuda

On your leaving of Antigua and Barbuda you will have to pass customs control. It is also prohibited to carry any tubes or liquids in your hand luggage, whether water or hand cream. They will either have to go in the luggage, or just be thrown away.

  1. You will be able to get detailed advice on the intricacies of the trip and investment offers before you go.
  2. When visiting the venues you will be accompanied by a lawyer and a psychologist, which significantly simplifies the negotiation process and allows you to significantly reduce the purchase price.
  3. In the future, the company will assist you in resolving any and all current issues regarding the economic citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda. There will be no problems with extending your passports either.
  4. When you visit the islands, you will be able to stay in the best local hotels at corporate rates.

Do not hesitate to contact us and we will introduce you to the most experienced consultants in the field of citizenship by investment. Please email us to info@offshore-pro.info right now.

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