ABSSB Introduces its New Social Security Cards
The Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Board has begun issuing its new registration cards in the former World Cup building.
The new Social Security card has the additional feature of the contributor's photo and is equipped with special security features that will make duplication almost impossible.
This comes at a time when security concerns make photo identification critical when conducting business. The new Social Security card will be issued in phases and at present only first time registrants are being processed.
Antiguans by birth require a passport or a birth certificate with a photo I.D. for registration. Nationals by naturalization require a valid passport. Non-nationals require a valid passport and a valid work permit.
In addition to these documents persons are asked to present their marriage or divorce certificate where applicable. Persons who are already in possession of a Social Security card will be advised at a later date when new cards will be issued.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Most European Union citizens (see attached list) do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda on holiday or business. Persons visiting are permitted to stay as long as their business takes, provided that:
a) this is no longer than six months
b) they possess a passport with a minimum of six months validity from their date of arrival
c) they have an onward or return ticket
d) they have confirmation of accommodation
e) they can produce evidence of their ability to maintain themselves in Antigua and Barbuda
VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
A visa application kit may be downloaded by clicking here (PDF - 395Kb).
Applications are accepted between the hours of 10:30am until 2:30pm only, Monday through Friday (excluding Antigua and Barbuda, and British public holidays). Appointments are not necessary. The processing period required varies as some applications must be referred to Antigua and Barbuda for approval. Others which do not necessitate referral require a minimum processing time of 3 working days.
Applicants will be informed of the collection date once their application and all supporting documentation has been received and processed. Please note, delays in processing can occur. The processing times quoted are approximates and cannot be guaranteed. It will not be possible to expedite a case simply because the applicant has not allowed sufficient time for the application to be processed.
Persons requiring a visa for Antigua and Barbuda:
(Please see the attached list or confirm with the High Commission)
European Union countries which do not require visas
Please note that the citizens of the following countries DO NOT REQUIRE a visa for entry into Antigua and Barbuda:
European Union countries which do not require visas
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria
Czech Republic, Cyprus
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary
Germany, Greece, Ireland (Republic of), Italy
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands
Poland, Portugal, Romania
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
Commonwealth countries which do not require visas
Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam
Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho
Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru (special member)
New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
Samoa (Western), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa
St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland
Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu (special member)
Uganda, United Kingdom (also holders of United Kingdom travel documents)
United Kingdom Overseas Territories
Other Countries (European Union, Non-European and Non-Commonwealth Countries) which do not require visas for entry into Antigua and Barbuda:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia (Republic of), Azerbaijan (Republic of)
Belarus (Republic of), Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cuba
Georgia (Republic of), Japan, Kazahkstan (Republic of)
Kyrgyzstan (Republic of), Liechtenstein, Korea (South)
Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Norway and Colonies
Peru, Russian Federation, South Korea, Surinam, Switzerland
Ukraine, United States of America, Uzebekistan (Republic of)
Comm. Countries now require a visa into Antigua and Barbuda:
Please note that citizens of the following Commonwealth countries now require a visa for entry into Antigua and Barbuda:
Bangladesh, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka
Cruise ship visitors who would normally require a visa would not require one provided that they arrive in Antigua and Barbuda in the morning and depart the same evening.
'Intransit' passengers traveling within the same day, who normally require a visa, do not need a visa for entry into Antigua and Barbuda, provided that they have proof of their onward journey, and they do not leave the ‘controlled space’ of the airport.
Documentation required when applying for a visa:
Completed application form.
Valid passport or travel document with valid transit or re-entry permit for any country for which you may be ticketed, such as the United Kingdom (please note, the passport must valid for a minimum life of 6 months from the date of arrival in Antigua and Barbuda, and must have one completely blank page for the issuance of the visa.)
A recent color passport photograph (45mm x 35mm).
Visa fee: Single entry £30.00 Multiple entry £40.00
Exact money is requested if submitted in person in order to avoid delays.
Postal order made payable to the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission (if submitted within the United Kingdom).
Sterling International Money Order (if application is being sent from outside the United Kingdom) Money orders must be issued in pounds. Money orders in any other currency will not be accepted.
PERSONAL CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
Evidence of proposed journey into and out of Antigua and Barbuda i.e. ticket or confirmation of your booking from the travel agent. Multiple entry visas are only granted to applicants who produce evidence of multiple entries into Antigua and Barbuda.
Proof of accommodation for the length of your stay or a letter of invitation from your host. For students, please provide the acceptance letter from your school, and the details of where you will be staying prior to the commencement of your studies. For individuals traveling on business, please provide a letter from your employer stating the purpose of your trip.
Kindly include £5.00 for return registered postage within Europe. For documents to be sent outside Europe, please include a completed airway bill for the courier company of your choice, which must include an account or credit card number to which the cost of carriage is to be charged.
Proof of funds to finance the trip i.e. bank statements for the previous two months.
A police record may be required if requested by the visa-issuing office.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR NATIONALS
For the latest passport forms and procedures please click one of the links below to download documents directly from the Antigua and Barbuda Government website.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PROCESSING TIME FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA PASSPORT APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN THE UK IS APPROXIMATELY SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS IF ALL DOCUMENTS ARE IN ORDER.
(SEE BELOW "ADDITIONAL NOTES ON ANTIGUA AND BARUBDA PASSPORT PROCEDURES INCLUDING INFORMATION FOR FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS")
Application for Antigua and Barbuda Passport for applicants 16 and over (PDF)
Application for Antigua and Barbuda Passport for applicants under 16 (PDF)
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