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Baggage & Travel tips

Packing Tips

Help us reduce the queues at passenger screening checkpoints by ensuring that you do not pack prohibited items in your hand luggage or checked baggage. A full list of prohibited articles for checked baggage is available below.

The following items must not be packed in your hand luggage. They must be placed in your checked luggage. If these items are discovered in your carry on / hand luggage, they will be confiscated and not returned:

  • Scissors (except where both blades are round-ended or less than three centimetres).
  • Razor blades (razors that have the blade set into a plastic moulding are allowed, but razors that can be opened and the razor blade removed are prohibited).
  • Knives with blades of any length.
  • Household cutlery (large spoons/tablespoons are NOT permitted, however small teaspoons are allowed).
  • Hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons, for which proof will be required).
  • Tools (including multi-tools and penknives).
  • Catapults.
  • Corkscrews.
  • Walking / hiking poles.
  • Toy / replica guns (metal or plastic).
  • Sporting bats.
  • Darts.
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues.
  • Any liquids over 100ml and all liquids not packed into a one-quart size Ziploc style bag. There are some allowances for essential medical supplies. For further information please contact your airline directly.

Baggage and Pets

Passengers should consult their airline with regards to baggage and pet policies as these vary from carrier to carrier. For individual airline contact information, visit our Airlines page.

To apply for an import permit, please contact the Veterinary & Livestock Division in Antigua & Barbuda by fax (268-460-1759) or email (vld@ab.gov.ag). Send them the following information: 

  • Valid certification of rabies vaccination
  • Rabies vaccine must have been administered within one year of importation
  • Certification of microchipping
  • Results within accepted levels of the rabies FAVN (Antibody Titer) tested at an OIE approved laboratory
  • Medical and vaccination history
  • Please include results for Ehrlichia and Lyme’s disease testing
  • For cats, please include testing results, vaccinations and any relevant history regarding FIP, FeLV, FIV

Once this is done and after reviewing the dog or cat’s medical and vaccination history an import license can be issued. Only pets with a duly issued import license will be accepted into Antigua and Barbuda.

 Antigua is a rabies free zone.

To find out more about importing pets to Antigua, check here.

Prohibited Articles

The following articles are prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft for security reasons:

A.   Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles designed to cause serious injury by discharging a                                 projectile, or capable of being mistaken for such devices, including:

  • firearms of all types, including pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns
  • toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
  • component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights
  • compressed air and carbon dioxide guns, including pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns
  • signal flare pistols and starter pistols
  • bows, crossbows and arrows
  • harpoon guns and spear guns
  • slingshots and catapult

B.   Stunning devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize, including:

  • devices for shocking, such as stun guns and stun batons
  • animal stunners and animal killers
  • disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper or capsicum sprays, acid
    sprays, animal repellent sprays, and tear gas

C.    Objects with sharp points or sharp edges capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:

  • items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
  • ice axes and ice picks
  • razor blades and box cutters
  • knives with blades of more than 6 cm
  • scissors with blades of more than 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum
  • martial arts equipment with sharp points or sharp edges
  • swords and sabres

D.   Workers’ tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:

  • crowbars
  • drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
  • tools with blades or shafts more than 6 cm capable of use as weapons, such as screwdrivers and chisels
  • saws, including cordless portable power saws
  • blowtorches
  • bolt guns and nail guns

E.   Blunt instruments capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:

  • baseball and softball bats
  • clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks
  • martial arts equipment

F.   Explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the                   safety of aircraft, including:

  • ammunition
  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • replica or imitation explosive devices
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • pyrotechnics, including fireworks
  • smoke-generating canisters or cartridges
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives

G.  Liquids and Gels (LAGs) as specified in the guidance material for security controls of LAGs.

Explosive or incendiary substances or devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or threatening the safety of aircraft are prohibited in the hold of an aircraft for safety reasons, including the following (rules granting exemptions under defined circumstances may exist):

With the approval of the operator, certain cartridges may be permitted for transport in hold baggage under conditions specified in Part 8, Chapter 1, 1.1.2, of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of:

  • Dangerous Goods by Air (Doc 9284)
  • blasting caps
  • detonators and fuses
  • mines, grenades and other explosive military stores
  • pyrotechnics, including fireworks
  • smoke-generating canisters or cartridges
  • dynamite, gunpowder and plastic explosives