IMMIGRATION AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
The below information is only applicable to those entering BSIC. For those directly starting their clinical rotations, contact an admissions representative.
U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Antigua and re-enter the United States. Canadian citizens also need a valid passport to enter Antigua and re-enter Canada. Citizens of other countries need to have a passport from their country of origin and a U.S. green card if they reside in the United States. Passport applications can be obtained from your local passport office or U.S. post office. U.S. students can find complete details at travel.state.gov. The passport must be valid for at least six months after the expected date of travel.
Antigua does not require an entry visa for U.S. or Canadian citizens. Please check with the Antiguan and Barbudan Consulate as to visa requirements if you are a citizen of another country.
Once you have purchased your ticket, complete the Student Travel Information form.
An immigration letter will be sent to you that you must have with you, along with your passport and acceptance letter, when you arrive at the airport in Antigua. If you wish to rent a vehicle, you need to have a valid driver’s license.
Please visit http://www.immigration.gov.ag/ if you would like more information regarding student visas and immigration requirements.
Students who plan to bring their spouses to Antigua are required to bring their notarized marriage license certificates with them. This document may need to be presented to the Immigration Department to procure their visa.
All nonresidents who wish to work in Antigua require work permits. American University of Antigua (AUA) does not hire spouses or family members of students to work on campus or in housing facilities.
To enter Antigua, it is necessary to have a round-trip ticket. The sooner you make your airline reservations, the less expensive your ticket may be. Students can book open-ended tickets for an additional charge, which will provide flexibility for your return.
Make sure all your bags are labeled with your name, address and destination. Check with your airline prior to departure regarding baggage restrictions. Most international air carriers limit you to two pieces of checked luggage and one carry-on. A fee may be imposed if you exceed the size and weight limits given. In addition to carry-on luggage, you are permitted to carry a laptop.
If your luggage exceeds the airline’s allowance, you might consider using air cargo as an alternative. You can ship extra belongings via airfreight, or mail them.
When sending any belongings or possessions to Antigua, please make certain you contact the shipping company to obtain shipping specifications. You will need a complete, written inventory of every item you are bringing to Antigua along with an original invoice of all new purchases or a document listing the estimated value of personal belongings to present to Antiguan customs officials.
To facilitate transport, ship items to the address below:
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
ATTN: [Student’s Full Name]
Jabberwock Beach Road
P.O. Box W-1451
Please note that with the need to cover duties fees and Customs Brokers, it may be more affordable to buy what you need on the island.