Antigua and Barbuda: Getting There and Transport
How to get to Antigua and Barbuda
For visitors from Europe , you can practically only get to the island state by plane. The crews of (sailing) yachts are excluded
Air connections Antigua is served by several international airlines, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Air 2000, British Airways, BWIA and Virgin offer direct flights from London to Antigua.
Condor offers direct flights from Frankfurt once a week. Lufthansa flies there via Miami, Air France flies via Paris. LIAT and Caribbean Star Airlines offer scheduled flights from Antigua to many countries in the Caribbean. The Caribbean BWIA Airpass is recommended.
Travel in the country
Carib Aviation offers charter flights between Antigua and Barbuda. Small planes can also be chartered.
The rail network has a total length of 77 kilometers.
The minibuses between the locations run as required and, like the taxis, at fixed prices. Will be stopped on request.
The road network covers a total of 250 kilometers. Barbuda only has sand tracks.
The driver must be older than 21 years, a driving license is issued upon presentation of the national driver’s license for US $ 20, a credit card is required. The speed limit is converted to around 88 km/h. Renting a mountain bike is a good idea.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Antigua and Barbuda is:
Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism in Germany
61348 Bad Homburg
Tel: 0049 – (0) 6172 – 21 504
Fax: 0049 – (0) 6172 – 21 513
Antigua and Barbuda: entry and exit regulations
Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial means to finance their stay in the country themselves. German citizens usually receive a 3-month visa when they enter Germany with their passport, which must be valid for 6 months. Requests for a longer stay must be directed to the Immigration Office. Children’s ID cards are recognized. If you enter via the USA, you must have a machine-readable passport (also for the children).
Issuing visas in Germany
The embassy in Great Britain is also responsible for Germany.
Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda 15, Thayer Street London, W1M 5LD
Tel: +44 – (0) 207 – 486 70 73
In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. When leaving Antigua and Barbuda, this fee is 20 US dollars.
Import and export of goods
The following articles can be imported into Antigua and Barbuda duty-free:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 g tobacco;
1, 136 l of wine or spirits.
The import and export of weapons, ammunition or drugs is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.
Entry with pets
For the owners of dogs and other animals, when traveling abroad, the question arises whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination, and if that is possible, then of course the question of the respective applicable conditions arises.
Pets from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are not allowed to enter Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings
In Antigua and Barbuda, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany and Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:
- Malaria, there is no risk of malaria on Antigua Barbuda
- AIDS, HIV
- Amoebic dysentery
- Bacterial agitation
- Dengue fever disease
- Intestinal infections caused by contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
- Hepatitis A
When traveling to Antigua and Barbuda, the following vaccinations recommended:
- Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist in the home country.
- Hepatitis A, a vaccination against diphtheria, should always exist in the home country.
- Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist in the home country.
- Rabies, but only in high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
- Typhoid, but only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
For all persons who enter from an area of yellow fever infected by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.
Yellow fever vaccination for children
In most of the countries where yellow fever vaccination is mandatory, this also applies to children over 1 year of age, in some countries even from 6 months. It should be noted that vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two thirds of those affected were children under 6 months. Therefore, children under this age are not allowed under any circumstancesbe vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!
The tap water is heavily chlorinated and not least because of this it is not suitable as drinking water. Therefore, bottled drinking water should be bought in grocery stores, for example. Due to the very poor medical care, you should definitely take out health insurance for travel abroad before you start your journey, which includes repatriation in an emergency.
When traveling to the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. If the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.
Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?
Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.
Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007. There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:
- Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis A and B
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Polyo (polio)
- Tetanus (tetanus)
Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis. As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.
Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany
Telephone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000
Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000
The country is one of the countries in the region, in which there are always destructive storms. These usually surprise the residents of the Caribbean between April and October. Earthquakes are also possible.
Antigua and Barbuda: currency, shopping
The local currency of Antigua and Barbuda is the East Caribbean dollar (currency code: EC $, XCD (ISO code)
1 East Caribbean dollar = 100 cents.
The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:
- 10 and
- 5 EC $ as well
- 50 cents
Coins are available in amounts of 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent. The US dollar is accepted as an official form of payment. There is an option to exchange dollars or euros for the local currency at the airport, in banks and hotels.
Credit cards: Diners Club, Eurocard, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Travelers Checks: Issued in US dollar travelers checks.
You can find a currency converter here:
Bank opening hours
- Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: closed
Shop opening times
- Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday: closed
Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs,
handicrafts made of wood and straw, pottery and textiles as well as rum and cane sugar.
Antigua and Barbuda: embassies, consulates
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Antigua and Barbuda embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of Antigua and Barbuda in Germany
Honorary Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda in Bad Homburg
Mayrhofener Weg 22
61286 Bad Homburg
Tel: 0049 – (0) 6172 – 48 85 00
Fax: 0049 – (0) 6172 – 2 15 13
German representations in Antigua and Barbuda
The embassy in Trinidad and Tobago is responsible (see here >>>).
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ocean View, Hodges Bay, St. John`s
PO Box 1259
St. John’s/Antigua WI
Tel: 0012 – (0) 68 – 462 31 74
Fax: 0012 – (0) 68 – 462 34 96
Austrian representations in Antigua and Barbuda
The embassy in Venzuela is responsible (see here >>>).
Honorary consulate in St. John’s
(without passport authorization, without authorization to issue a visa)
Coconut Beach Club in Five Islands
St. John’s, Antigua/West Indies
Tel: 00268 – 463 86 98
00268 – 727 32 39
Fax: 00268 – 560 86 98
Swiss representations in Antigua and Barbuda
The embassy in Venzuela is responsible (see here >>>).
Representations of Antigua and Barbuda in Europe
Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in London
45, Crawford Place 2nd Floor
London W1H LP, United Kingdom
Tel: 0044 – (0) 207 – 25 800 70
Fax: 0044 – (0) 207 – 25 874 86
Email: enquiries @ antigua-barbuda.com