Antigua and Barbuda – Traveling in the Country
Airplane: According to travelationary, the only flight connection between Antigua and Barbuda is offered by Carib Aviation (flight time 20 minutes). Most of the time there are flights early in the morning and late afternoon. It is also possible to charter small planes and helicopters.
Ship: Barbuda Express operates a rather irregular ferry service between St John’s on Antigua and Barbuda (journey time 90 minutes). On some days there are two trips, on some there are none. Have the departure confirmed again, as the departure times can change at short notice.
Car: Antigua has numerous car rental companies, including all major international companies. Some locals rent vehicles on Barbuda.
There is left-hand traffic. The roads in Antigua are well developed, but there are only sandy roads and slopes on Barbuda. Watch out for animals that can run into the street.
Bus: There is no public transport on Barbuda, on Antigua there are privately operated minivans and buses that run at irregular intervals on fixed routes. The central bus station of the island is the market place in St. John’s. Departure is when the vehicle is full, and if the passengers request it, taxi is available. Taxis in Antigua are identified by number plates that begin with an “H”. Prices are set by the government, but as a precaution, ask before driving.
On Barbuda it should be possible to find a vehicle owner to drive you around the island.
Bicycle: Several hotels rent bicycles to their guests.
Health and Diseases in Antigua and Barbuda
No compulsory vaccinations are required when traveling in Antigua and Barbuda. An exception is when entering from areas where yellow fever is endemic. In this case, proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required.
For short trips to Antigua and Barbuda, the Federal Foreign Office’s health service recommends vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A. In the case of a longer stay, vaccination against hepatitis B and typhus is recommended.
Malaria does not exist in Antigua and Barbuda.
There are isolated cases of dengue virus infections transmitted by mosquitoes. As an insect repellent, it is recommended to use mosquito nets and / or mosquito repellants.
HIV / AIDS
HIV / AIDS is spread across many Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda. Caution is always advisable with holiday acquaintances.
When consuming fruit, vegetables, seafood, fish and meat, it is essential to follow basic hygiene measures. Since the tap water is heavily chlorinated, it is not suitable as drinking water. Grocery stores sell bottled drinking water.
There is very poor medical care in the country, so it is strongly recommended to take out health insurance for travel abroad. This health insurance should also cover repatriation in the event of an emergency.
In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:
A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.
Antigua and Barbuda – important addresses
Tourist Office of Antigua and Barbuda: Thomasstraße 11, 61348 Bad Homburg
Telephone: (06172) 21504, Fax: (06172) 21513
email: [email protected]
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (the tourist office in Germany also handles Inquiries from Switzerland and Austria).
Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism: Queen Elizabeth Highway, PO Box 363, St. John’s, Antigua WI
Postal address: PO Box 363, AG-St. John’s, Antigua WI
Telephone: 462 04 80. Fax: 462 24 83
email: [email protected]
Antigua and Barbuda High Commission (with visa issue): Ambassador SE Mr. Carl BW Roberts, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (since 07/11/2006),
45 Crawford Place 2nd floor, London W1H 4LP, Great Britain
Telephone: (0044) 020 7258 0070. Fax: (0044) 020 7258 7486
email: [email protected] Hours of Operation
: Mon – Fri 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (open to the public), Telephone inquiries between 9 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
The High Commission is also responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Honorary Consul of Antigua and Barbuda in Germany: Dr. Werner Ulrich Giersch, Honorary Consul,
Mayrhofener Weg 22, 61286 Bad Homburg
Responsible for the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Thuringia and Saxony.
Telephone: (06172) 4885 00, Fax: (06172) 215 13
Opening times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Honorary Consulate Germany in Antigua and Barbuda: Derek Biel, Honorary Consul,
Ocean View, Hodges Bay, St. John’s, Antigua, WI
Postal address: Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, PO Box 1259, St. John’s, Antigua WI
Telephone: (0012 68) 462 31 74 Fax: (0012 68) 462 34 96
The German embassy responsible for Antigua and Barbuda is located in Port-of-Spain (see Trinidad and Tobago – important addresses).
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria: c / o Yepton Beach Resort, AG-St. John’s, Antigua, WI
Postal address: POBox 1427, St. John’s, Antigua, WI
Telephone: 463 86 98. Fax: 560 86 98
email: [email protected]
The embassy responsible for Austria is in Caracas (see Venezuela – important addresses).
The Switzerland has no diplomatic representation in Antigua and Barbuda. The Swiss embassy in Caracas is responsible (see Venezuela – important addresses).