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Antigua - Facts and Information



Currency

The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar but the US Dollar is accepted over the counter. Pound Sterling can be changed at the banks and there are cash machines located at various places on the island. Major credit cards are usually accepted.


Climate

The weather in Antigua and Barbuda is wonderful all year with an average midday temperature of around 81°F (27°C); night temperatures drop to about 68°F (20°C). The weather is cooler in winter, between December and March, but is still warm. Afternoon showers can be expected during the rainy season (mid-September to November). The hurricane season is from July to November and travelers should check the weather forecast if travelling over these months. The weather in Antigua and Barbuda is fairly hot and dry for the remainder of the year but the islands are tempered by sea breezes and the trade winds. Most tourists travel to Antigua between mid-December and mid-April, this is therefore also the most expensive time to travel.


Electricity

Voltage is 230V and frequency is 60Hz.


Time Zone

GMT-4


Language

The official language of Antigua & Barbuda is English. Local dialects are also spoken.


Visa Requirements

FOR VISITORS TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA THE FOLLOWING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS APPLY:
Most European Union citizens do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda on holiday or business. Persons visiting are permitted to stay as long as their business takes, provided that: 

a) this is no longer than six months
b) they possess a passport with a minimum of six months validity from their date of arrival
c) they have an onward or return ticket
d) they have confirmation of accommodation
e) they can produce evidence of their ability to maintain themselves in Antigua and Barbuda

Please note that citizens of the following Commonwealth countries now require a visa for entry into Antigua and Barbuda:

Bangladesh, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka