MY ANTIGUA TRAVEL TIPS
Tipping/Gratuities: Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If in doubt, just ask. Give porters and bellhops 50 cents per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
Telephones: Calling the U.S. is easy from Antigua and Barbuda. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or can connect you with a U.S. operator for calling home.
Taxes: Antigua & Barbuda has a US$20.00 airport departure tax, a room tax of 8.5% and service charge of 10% (in lieu of tipping).
Electricity: Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
Dress Code: Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4.
Currency/Money: Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.65. US currency, travellers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
Banks: Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank, Antigua and Barbuda Investment, Bank Antigua Commercial Bank, Bank of Antigua, Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Bank PLC, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Caribbean Corporation Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Swiss American National Bank of Antigua. Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 1:00pm and again from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm, and 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Medical Facilities: There are several general practitioners and specialists on the island, a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Passports & Immigration: US Canadian and UK nationals require proof of citizenship - a valid passport, original or certified birth certificate. U.S. residents and others should contact the nearest tourist office for entry requirements.
Shopping Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Personal Safety: Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.
Citizens of the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom and its Colonies
may travel on a Valid Passport, Original Naturalization Certificate,
Original Birth Certificate accompanied with valid driver's license with a
Antigua & Barbuda Consular Offices
Antigua and Barbuda
610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 311
New York, 10020
Tel: 212-541-4117 / 4589
Fax: (212) 757-1607
Embassy of Antigua
32 New Mexico Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20016
Tel: (202) 362-5122
Fax: (202) 362-5225
Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda
25 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 300
Miami, FL 33131
Tel: (305) 381-6762
Fax: (305) 381-7908
Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda
60 St. Claire Avenue East, Suite 304
Toronto, Ont M4T1N5
Tel: (416) 961-3085
Fax: (416) 961-7218
Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
15 Thayer Street
Tel: 0 171-486-7073/4/5
Fax: 0 171-486-9970
www.caa.co.uk/cpg/atol/default.asp - link to ATOL section of the CAA Website providing consumers with information on financial protection available to holiday makers.
www.abta.com/benefits.html - link to the ABTA Website page for information on benefits and financial protection.
www.abtanet.com - The ABTA Website includes information on other useful links.
www.fco.gov.uk - link to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for advice on travelling abroad.
www.doh.gov.uk/traveladvice/ - link to the Department of Health for information on health requirements/vaccinations.
www.ukpa.gov.uk - link to the Passport Agency for information on UK passports.
www.wtgonline.com - link to the World Travel Guide for information on passport/visa requirements and other general travel information.