More information about Antigua and Barbuda is available on the Antigua and Barbuda Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA RELATIONS
The United States established diplomatic relations with Antigua and Barbuda in 1981 following its independence from the United Kingdom, and the countries enjoy a friendly and cooperative relationship. The United States supports the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s efforts to encourage the country’s economic development, protect public health, and improve its citizens’ security and standard of living.
Antigua and Barbuda’s location close to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico makes it an attractive trans-shipment point for narcotics traffickers. To address these problems, the United States and Antigua and Barbuda signed a series of counternarcotic and anticrime treaties and agreements, including a maritime law enforcement agreement subsequently amended to include overflight and order-to-land provisions, a bilateral extradition treaty, and a mutual legal assistance treaty.
Antigua and Barbuda is situated strategically in the Leeward Islands, near maritime transport lanes of major importance to the United States.
The Ambassador and Embassy officers reside in Barbados and travel to Antigua and Barbuda frequently. Antigua is home to an American Corner at the National Library. The American Corner hosts a regular schedule of outreach events and programs. A U.S. consular agent resident in Antigua provides emergency assistance and routine citizenship and notarial services to U.S. citizens in Antigua, Barbuda, and Montserrat.
U.S. Assistance to Antigua and Barbuda
U.S. assistance to Antigua and Barbuda flows primarily through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, and through U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development offices in Bridgetown, Barbados. Antigua and Barbuda benefits from U.S. military training, exercises, and humanitarian civic assistance construction projects. As one of thirteen Caribbean partners under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), Antigua and Barbuda also benefits from U.S. counternarcotics and law enforcement assistance focused on disrupting illicit trafficking, strengthening citizen security, and preventing youth crime and violence.
The United States and Antigua and Barbuda are partners under the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis (PACC 2030), which elevates U.S. cooperation with Caribbean countries to support climate adaptation and strengthen energy security, while building the resilience of critical infrastructure and local economies to the climate crisis.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Antigua and Barbuda is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. The CBI aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies. Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).
Antigua and Barbuda’s Membership in International Organizations
Antigua and Barbuda and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Antigua and Barbuda maintains an embassy in the United States at 3234 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 (tel. 202-362-5122).
More information about Antigua and Barbuda is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Antigua and Barbuda Page
USAID Eastern Caribbean Page
History of U.S. Relations With Antigua and Barbuda
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies – Antigua and Barbuda
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis (PACC 2030)