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Antigua & Barbuda: Travel Tips

Tourist Information
Entry Requirements
Embassy and Consulate Locations (US)
Currency
Holidays & Events
Language
Sailing
Telecommunications
Transportation
Weather

 Tourist Information:
In the US:
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept

25 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 300
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: 305-381-6762
Fax: 305-381-7908

Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept
610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 311
New York, NY 10020
Tel: 212-541-4117
Fax: 212-757-1607

In Canada:
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept.

60 St. Claire Avenue East
Suite 304
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4T 1N5
Tel: 416-961-3085
Fax: 416-961-7218

In the UK:
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept

Antigua House, 15 Thayer St
London W1M 5LD
England
Tel: 071-486-7073/4/5
Fax: 071-486-9970

Germany, Australia, Switzerland,
Italy & Northern Europe:
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept

Thomasstr. 11
D-61348 Bad Homburg
Germany
Tel: 49-6172-21504
Fax: 49-6172-21513

In Antigua:
Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Dept

Long & Thames Streets
P.O. Box 363
St John's, Antigua W.I.
Tel: 268-462-0480
Fax: 268-462-2483

Antigua Hotels & Tourists Ass.
P.O. Box 454, Lower Redcliffe St
St. John's, Antigua, W.I.
Tel: 268-462-0374
Fax: 268-462-3702


 Entry Requirements:

A valid passport or certified birth certificate and picture identification, such as a drivers license, are required of U.S. citizens entering Antigua and Barbuda. A return ticket is sometimes requested. Immigration officials are strict about getting exact information about where visitors are staying. There is no fee for entering the country, but there is a $13 departure tax. For further information on entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 362-5122, or the consulates in Miami or New York.

 Embassy and Consulate Locations:
Americans living in or visiting Antigua and Barbuda are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, which has jurisdiction over Antigua and Barbuda, and obtain updated information on travel and security within Antigua and Barbuda. The Consular Section is located in the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO)) Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown, Barbados, telephone (246) 431-0225 or fax (246) 431-0179. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, except local and U.S. holidays, 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. U.S. citizens may also register with the U.S. Consular Agent in Antigua, whose address is Bluff House, Pigeon Point, English Harbour, telephone (268) 463-6531, FAX (268) 460-1569, or email ryderj@candw.ag
The Consular Agent's hours of operation are Monday-Friday, except local and U.S. holidays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (please call for appointments).

Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda - Washington DC
3400 International Drive, Suite 4M
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202-362-5122   Fax: 202-362-5225

Antigua and Barbuda
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
610 5th Avenue, No. 311
New York, NY 10020-2403
Tel: 212-541-4117   Fax: 212-757-16007

Antigua and Barbuda Consulate - Miami
121 SE First Street, Suite 1004
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: 305-381-6762


 Currency:
The official currency of Antigua & Barbuda is the East Caribbean Dollar (EC$). Most hotel bills are in U.S. dollars, and only the smallest of the establishments present their prices in EC$. The United Nations offers exchange rate information.

 Holidays & Events:
These events have a tendency to change venue and date rapidly. We strongly suggest calling or writing the Tourist Board to get exact information.
  • New Years Day, January 1
  • Good Friday, April 10
  • Easter Monday, April 13
  • Antigua Sailing Week, End of April
  • Labour Day, May 4
  • Whit Monday, May 25
  • Queen's Birthday, Second Saturday in June
  • Caricom Day, Beginning of July
  • Carnival, August 3-4
  • Independence Day, November 1
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • Boxing Day, December 26

 Language:
English is the official language of Antigua & Barbuda.

 Sailing:
Our Caribbean Sailing Resources page includes lists of upcoming regattas, boat charter information and links to other sailing related sites.

 Telecommunications:
The area code is 268, followed by a seven digit local number.

 Transportation:
Taxis:
Taxis are readily available, but they are not cheap -- the average fare from the airport to St. John's is $12.

There is car rental information here.

Barbuda is just a fifteen minute flight away from Antigua and most of the tour operators in Antigua offer day tours to the island which include visits to the Bird Sanctuary, the beach and lunch in a local restaurant, with all transport provided. It is also possible to book your own flight at the airport in Antigua, with Carib airlines, and arrange your own transport or guide when you arrive.

General:
See our car rental, airline, cruise line and tour operator listings for more information.


 Weather:
The average temperature in Antigua & Barbuda is 75 to 80 degrees. Please visit our Caribbean Weather Page for the latest forecasts and weather news.

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