- Persons Entitled To Hold Antigua And Barbuda Passports
- All persons born in Antigua and Barbuda who are citizens of Antigua and Barbuda (except children of consular, and diplomatic officials for foreign countries);
- The children and grandchildren whose parents and grandparents were born in Antigua and Barbuda or who were registered or naturalized while resident in Antigua and Barbuda;
- Persons who are citizens of Antigua and Barbuda other than by birth - i.e. by naturalization or by registration;
- Dual Nationality
A citizen of Antigua and Barbuda who is also the citizen of a foreign country, cannot avail himself of the protection of the representative of Antigua and Barbuda, against the authorities of that foreign country, and is not exempt by reason of possessing Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship from any obligation (such as military service) or legal requirement subject by virtue of the fact that he is a citizen of that foreign country.
- Age Restrictions (Holders Of Passports)
- All persons 16 years of age and over are required to hold separate Antigua and Barbuda passports; They ought not be included in the passport of another person.
- In the case of passports issued to minors under 16 years of age the period of validity shall be five (5) years in the first instance. Subsequently this passport may be extended for a further period not exceeding five (5) years.
- Passports issued to persons over 16 years are issued for a period of 10 years.
- Inclusion Of Other Persons In A Passport
- A child or children may be included in a parent's passport or in any other person's passport, or on another child's passport IF written consent is given by the father or if the father is dead, the mother or in the case a child born out of wedlock, the mother. Except where the person is married, the mother or any other person claiming legal custody during the lifetime of the father, must produce the court order committing the child to the persons custody.
- Children (under 16) may be included in more than one adult's passport at the same time. (i.e. on father's, or/and on mother's or other adult's)
- Several children can be issued a joint passport. (i.e. twins can be placed on one passport; four or five children of one family can be placed on one passport, or four or five children from different families can be placed on one passport Provided that consent is given by legal guardian or person to whom legal custody has been granted.
Though these types of passports are allowable they should not be recommended or encouraged. It should be clearly pointed out to applicants that with these types of passports though the principal passport holder can travel independently that the other persons named in the holder's passport, Cannot Travel On The Passport without the principal holder.
- Legal Guardianship And Establishing Evidence Of
- The father is recognized as the legal guardian of all children born to his wife within a marriage.
- The mother is recognized as the legal guardian of all children born outside marriage.
- Documentary evidence must he provided to establish legal guardianship of children who are adopted, orphaned or living under any other arrangements with persons other than the parents. (affidavits, notarized documents, court orders, etc)
- A legal guardian (or parent) may by letter give consent for a child to hold a passport, or to be included on another person's passport.
Lost/Stolen Or Damaged Passports
A passport is an important document. The loss of a passport should be reported immediately. No reported loss is to be treated lightly. A loss may cause serious inconvenience as the former owner will be required to wait through the established checking period before another passport is issued.
- A report must be made promptly to (and filed with the Passport Office or with the Antigua and Barbuda issuing office)
- A report should be subsequently made to the Police Department in the city/country in which the loss took or may have taken place
- The applicant is then required to return a copy of the statement or report made to the Police to the Passport Office or to the Antigua and Barbuda overseas office.
- A waiting period is established (usually one month when the passport is lost) while investigations take place.
- During the checking period the details of the lost document must be circulated to the local Police and all Antigua and Barbuda Overseas Missions.
- The applicant is allowed to file for new passport and should complete the relevant section of the passport application form.
- The applicant should provide all possible details of the lost document. A new passport will be made available only after the prescribed checking period. A passport will then be made valid for one year in the first instance but may be renewed for the full period of ten years.
- Amendments To Passport
All amendments made to a passport whether at the time of issue or subsequently, must be duly authenticated by official seal and/or stamp. This must be done to: (a) eliminate the possibility of suspicion or allegations of fraud, and (b) to avoid any inconvenience, unnecessary hindrance to or questioning of the passport holder during travel from one country to another.
Types Of Amendments: Permitted/Not Permitted:
- Name changes on a passport are NOT allowed except for changes resulting from marriage on presentation of Deed Poll. A change of name other than by marriage or adoption must be substantiated by the production of evidence showing that a bona fide change has been made for all purposes. The original name is not required in cases of adoption.
- Height changes may be made (particularly in child's passport)
- Occupations/Professions may be amended
- Addition of children to a passport is allowed
- Deletion of children from a passport is permitted.
- New photograph may be affixed to a passport But The Old Photograph Must Not Be Removed.
- Certifying A Passport
Each application for a new passport should have the section on certification completed by one of the persons listed in the instruction notes on the application form. However, the issuing official may accept certification by other persons known personally to him/her and whom he/she is satisfied is a trustworthy and reliable individual.
Photographs may be accepted in Black and White or in Colour. Maximum size: 2 1/2 x 2 inches ; Minimum size 2 x l 1/2 inches. The photographs must show the applicant is Full Face (not in profile). Poor quality photographs (those with tendency to fade) should not be accepted.
Each applicant for a separate passport must submit three (3) Recent and Identical photographs (this applies to children as well as adults).
One (1) photograph is required for each child being included in an adult's passport at time of initial issue.
No photograph is required for children being added to an adult's passport subsequent to issue.
Applications for new passports must be signed in all required places - this will be at least four (4) places. Block Lettering Is Not Acceptable as a signature. Persons unable to write should leave spaces for signature blank. No other person is allowed to 'sign for the applicant. Children who are able to write may sign the application form. Parents or guardians Must Not sign children's names. If child is unable to write - the signature spaces must be left blank.
All fees chargeable for the issuing of passports and related services (visas, amendments, etc) are payable at the time the application is presented by way of postage stamps at the Passport Office.
- Returning Passports To Applicants
Acceptable methods of delivery include
- Pickup in person by owner
- Pickup, in person by third party on production of written authorization of the owner
- Documentary Evidence
Each of the following constitutes documentary evidence and may be necessary to establish the legality or authority of any claim by an applicant for the issue of an Antigua and Barbuda passport.
- birth certificate (self, child, parent, grandparent)
- Notarized documents/letters
- Marriage or Divorce Certificates
- Letters of consent from legal guardian