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Angtigua & Barbuda

Capital
St John's
Time Zone
GMT - 4
Telephone Services
Country Code: 1 268

Outgoing Code: 011
Emergency Telephone Numbers
999/911
Tourist Information
Antigua Department of Tourism, PO Box 363. Nevis Street Friendly Alley, St John's, Antigua Tel: 462 0480 or 462 0029 Fax: 462 2483.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of the USA do not require a passport providing they have other documents with proof of their identity. Passports have to valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Required if stay is longer than 6 months.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from passengers over 1 year of age arriving from infected areas
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) = 100 cents Exchange: US$ and Sterling can be exchanged at hotels and larger shops.
CC: Accepted TC: Exchanged at banks, large hotels and shops.
ATM availability: Over 70 locations.
Cost of Living
Can be very expensive, especially in the tourist centres. Accommodation is cheaper in the summer than in the winter
Languages
English, English Patois is also spoken.
Weather
Tropical, warm climate. Rainfall is minimal.
Electricity
1220/110 volts AC 60 Hz. American style 2 pin plugs are generally used. Some hotels have outlets for 240 volts to be used in which case European type 2 pin plugs are used.
Post
5 - 7 days.
Transport
ROAD: Mostly all weather. Buses are irregular. TAXI: Available everywhere charging standard rates, US$ commonly accepted. CAR HIRE: Can be arranged before arrival although is easy to arrange on arrival. DOCUMENTATION: A national driving licence is acceptable but a local licence must be obtained.
Special Information
Embracing is the common method of greeting friends and family. Dress should be appropriate for the occasion and location i.e. keep beachwear for the beach / pool. Special events such as International Sailing Week and Tennis Weeks require accommodation to be booked well in advance.
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