A collection of important information
that can make your trip more enjoyable.
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.
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.
Antigua & Barbuda has a US$28.00
(EC$70.00) airport departure tax, a room tax of 8.5% and service charge of
10% (in lieu of tipping).
Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have
both voltages available.
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.
Customs and Import:
The importation and wearing of camouflage clothing is prohibited in Antigua and Barbuda. Visitors should leave such items at home to avoid confiscation.
Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same
as Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4.
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, travelers
checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
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.
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:
U.S. , Canadian and U.K. 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.
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Cruise Ship Passengers
Cruise ship passengers who are "in-transit" and stay less than 24 hours are not required to present a visa.
Traveling with Pets
Please read the following PDF file for the latest requirements regarding Pet Importation.
The following guidelines must
be followed when importing any animal into Antigua & Barbuda:
An import permit must be obtained
from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the importation of
all animals. In order to obtain this permit, the intended animal
must first be micro-chipped and its blood tested for Rabies
Titer at an approved laboratory. The result of such tests must
then be forwarded to:
The Acting Chief Veterinary Officer
PO Box 1282
St. Johns, Antigua Tel/Fax: (268) 460-1759
The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory is an approved Lab that
uses the Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization Test (FAVN). The FAVN
consists of a of a three-fold serum dilution series and is used to detect
rabies virus neutralizing antibody after vaccination, and is required by
many rabies free countries in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced
1 ml serum without preservatives; spun and separated from the clot.
Microchip identification must be implanted prior to sample draw.
NOTE: A waiting period of at least 114-21 days between rabies vaccination
and sample draw is advised.
The test is initiated each week on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Results
can be expected in the mail 10 - 14 days after the set-up date. Fax and/or
phone results will only be granted upon request. KSU receives packages 24
hours per day, 7 days per week. However, the lab is only open Monday through
Friday and samples will not be dated until they reach our lab.
Serum should be packed in a leak-proof container with absorbent material.
This should then be placed inside a container with dry ice or ice packs.
An overnight or next day carrier is recommended since regular mail can take
up to two weeks.
$35.00 by check, money order or credit card made payable to FAVN. Payment
must be included at time of submission. A delay in testing may occur if payment
is not included. For credit card payment, please contact the lab.
Send Samples to:
Attn: Dr. Deborah J. Briggs, FAVN
Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory
1800 Denison Ave. Mosier Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506-5606
Tel: (785) 532-4483 Fax: 785) 532-4474 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDITIONAL HINTS for TRAVELING WITH PETS:
· Always seek the advice of your veterinarian before flying any pet.
· Please check with your airlines for list of requirements i.e. proof of vaccinations,
a current health certificate, etc.
· Airlines have specific requirements designed to ensure your pet's safety. Make
sure that the kennel in which the animal is confined is approved for air travel.
· ALWAYS leave a collar on your pet that has a tag with your name, your address
and your pet's name on it.
Food and Plant Importation
For current regulations regarding food and plants, please read the following PDF files:
IMPORT STATUS OF PLANT COMMODITIES & RELATED ITEMS
PLANT PROTECTION TRADE REGULATION INFORMATION
Monday thru Saturday 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions;
i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.
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