Information for your holiday to Antigua
Flight and transfers
- Virgin Atlantic fly direct from Gatwick on Friday and Saturday with a flight time of approximately 9 hours.
- Virgin Atlantic operate an indirect flight via Barbados on Wednesday with a flight time of approximately 11 hours.
- British Airways fly direct daily from Gatwick with a flight time of approximately 9 hours.
- Regional flights connecting with Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick are available with Flybe from Guernsey, Jersey, Belfast City Airport, Isle of Wight, Inverness, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Newquay.
- Regional flights connecting with British Airways flights are available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Manchester and Newcastle.
- Due to connections times it may be necessary to overnight at Gatwick when booking regional flights.
Antigua is not a large island and the distances are generally quite short. Transfers to a majority of the hotels should not take any longer than half an hour.
- No visa is currently required for British or Irish passport holders.
- You should check visa requirements when you book in case of changes.
- Your passport must be valid for six months after departure from this country.
- All children and infants must have their own passports.
- All travellers should check full entry requirements prior to travel by visiting the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website or by contacting the relevant embassy.
- There is a departure tax payable by tourists when leaving Antigua, costing US$28 or ECS$70.
English is the official language and is spoken by everyone on the island. Local dialects can also be heard in the town centres.
- Driving in Antigua is relatively simple, as they drive on the left and the roads are in pretty good condition. There are so many beaches to explore in Antigua, renting a car is highly recommended.
- Our car hire starts at £250 per week for a medium size air-conditioned car, delivered to your hotel or villa.
- You will need your UK drivers licence and a credit card.
- Drivers must be 25 years or older.
- You will need to pay for collision damage waiver (CDW) which is $15 to $25 a day and a local driver’s permit which is $25 per driver.
- Baby and child seats will need to be prebooked and cost $10 per day.
Taxis and buses
- Taxis are plentiful and fairly efficient in Antigua; they are a convenient way of exploring the island. Taxi drivers often act as local guides.
- Buses are a slightly cheaper way to get around with two bus terminals in the capital, St. John’s. There are a variety of routes around the island, however if there are a group of you it may be cheaper to hire a car or hop in a taxi.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the official local currency although US Dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.
110V-220V two and three pin plugs are standard.
Vaccination and health
- As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history.
- Additional information can be found by visiting MASTA Travel health.
- Antigua gets very hot so drink plenty of water and wear a high factor sun cream.
GMT -4 hours, British Summer Time -5 hours.
Antigua Travel Guides
- Useful facts
- A beginner's guide to Antigua
- Top 10 things to do in Antigua
- Recommended hotels for your Antigua family holiday
- Family holidays in Antigua for all budgets
- Luxury holidays in Antigua
- Planning your Antigua honeymoon
- Dickenson Bay beach holidays
- Hawksbill, Antigua beach holidays
- Eating, drinking and nightlife
- Things to do and excursions
- Pre-bookable excursions