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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to Antigua and Barbuda

Essential Information

US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.


With 365 beaches and the historic naval buildings around English Harbour, Antigua derives most of its income from tourism. Sister island Barbuda is an unspoilt retreat.

Area: 170.5 sq miles

Population: 90,156

Capital: St. John

Political: Independence in 1967

Official website: www.antigua-barbuda.org

Indigenous name: Wadadli

Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC). US Dollars widely used.

Passport Valid passport required

Visa Needs No visa required, maximum stay six months.

Emergency Health Care Holberton Hospital in St. John as well as private clinics.

Banks & ATMS. ATMs in St John’s and English Harbour, but distribute EC Dollars

Free WIFI Locations. Around hotels and in English Harbour

Internet Cafes. Plentiful

Cell Phones access/Dialing code +268

Safety Tips. Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited.

Departure Tax $25

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