Atlantic Standard Time – 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. GMT-4
English is the official language of Antigua&Barbuda. Dialect is spoken often by locals.
Antigua achieved its independence on November 1, 1981. It is a member of the British Commonwealth under a Parliamentary system with a Prime Minister as its head.
In Jolly Harbour, Caribbean Union Bank is open from 9am to 1pm.
There are numerouse additional banks located in the capital city of St. Johns.
PASSPORT & IMMIGRATION
US, Canadian and UK nationals require proof of citizenship, a valid passport, original or certified birth certificate.
For visa information, please see: antigua-barbuda.org Cruise ship passengers who are ‘in transit’ and stay less than 24 hours are not required to present a visa.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar – is the official currency. Recent exchange rate was US $1.00 = EC $2.70. US Currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted at most places. Conversion chart at: xe.com
A temporary driving permit is required for a fee of US $20. It is valid for 3 months. You may obtain one from the Transport Board, car rental agencies and police stations.
Most local stores in St. John’s – the capital city – are open Monday through Saturday 8am to 5pm. There is plenty of duty-free shopping in the Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay areas in town.
They are numerous internet cafes and WIFI hotspots around the island.
Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or can connect you with a US operator for calling home. Pay phones are located around the island. Cell phones are available at certain retail establishments.
Police Emergency: 911 or 999
Sea Rescue: 462-3062
Office: +1 268 561 6184
After Hours: +1 268 788 1029
P.O BOX 209, JOLLY HARBOUR
ST. MARY’S PARISH
ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES
JOLLY HARBOUR COMMERCIAL CENTRE ANTIGUA