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Visitors are allowed to bring in 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, one litre of wine or spirits and 170ml (6 oz) of perfume duty free.

For more information call Customs and Excise at 268/462-0026/8.

Also see the section in General Info: Illegal items.

To import a pet you must obtain an import permit from the Chief Veterinary Officer. To apply for the permit the animal must have a microchip and be blood tested for Rabies Titer at an approved laboratory (see below). For more information call the Chief Veterinary Officer at 268/460-1759.

The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory is an approved laboratory that uses the Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization Test (FAVN) in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced quarantine period. For more information call 785/532-4483.

Flights arrive at VC Bird International Airport in Antigua (airport code ANU; tel 462-3082/3), which is six miles northeast of the capital, St John's. Flying time is approximately three hours from Miami, four hours from Toronto and eight hours from London.

Airlines that service Antigua include Air Canada (tel 800/744-2472 or 462-1147), Air Caraïbes (tel 462-2523), Air Jamaica (tel 462-8916), American Airlines/American Eagle (tel 462-0950/1/2), British Airways (tel 462-0876), BWIA West Indies Airways/Caribbean Airlines (tel 800/538-2942 or 480-2900), Carib Aviation (tel 481-2400), Caribbean Star (tel 480-2560), Caribbean Sun (tel 461-7827), Condor (tel 800/524-6975), Continental Airlines (tel 462-5353), LIAT (tel 480-5610), Sunsail Airways, US Air (tel 800/622-1015), Virgin Atlantic (tel 800/744-7477 or 560-2079) and Winair (tel 462-2522/3).

Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.

The airport in Barbuda is called Codrington Airport (airport code BBQ). The only way to fly into Barbuda is with Carib Aviation (tel 481-2400) from Antigua. You can also get to Barbuda from Antigua by high-speed catamaran ferry. See Getting around: By ferry below.

The cruise ship ports are located at St John's Harbour and Heritage Quay in Antigua.

Cruise lines that call on Antigua & Barbuda include Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Italian Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club and Silversea Cruises.

Private boats may enter at English Harbour, Jolly Harbour, Heritage Quay and Deepwater Harbour in Antigua, and Codrington in Barbuda. All crew and passengers must remain on board until the master completes the entry procedures with Customs and Immigration. Each person must pay an entrance fee of EC$7.

Port Authority (PA), Customs and Immigration (C&I) and VHF Channel (VHF) contact information for each port is as follows:
English Harbour: (PA) 268/460-0085, (C&I) 268/460-1397, (VHF) 16
Jolly Harbour: (PA) 268/462-7931, (C&I) 268/462-7929 or 268/462-7932, (VHF) 16
Heritage Quay: (C&I) 268/462-6403, (VHF) 16
Deepwater Harbour: (PA) 268/462-0050/1, (C&I) 268/462-0814, (VHF) 16
Codrington: (C&I) 268/460-0085 or 268/460-0354

There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island. Road markings, signage and lighting are generally poor. Main roads are generally in good condition, but beware of potholes and speed bumps. Watch out for wandering animals and pedestrians along the side of the road.

To rent a car you will need to purchase a temporary Antigua & Barbuda driver's license, which you can purchase for about US$20 at the car rental agency. Ensure you bring your valid driver's license from home.

Driving is on the left. The speed limit is 20 mph in built up areas and 40 mph everywhere else.

CAR RENTALS (country code 268)
Airport: Avis Rent-A-Car, 462-2840; Carters Rent A Car, 463-0675; Dions Rent-A-Car, 462-3466 or 461-3267; Dollar Rent A Car, 462-8802; Jacobs Rent-a-car, 462-0576; Lion's Car Rental (Airport Rd), 562-2708; Oakland Rent-a-car, 462-3021; Richards Rent A Car, 462-0976

St John's: ATS Car Rental, 562-1709; Avis Rent-A-Car, 462-2840 or 462-2847; Best Deal Rent-a-car, 725-7368; Budget Rent A Car, 462-3009; Capital Rental & Tours, 460-7224; Coleds Car Rental & Leasing, 462-0464; Dollar Rent A Car, 462-0362; Hertz Rent-A-Car, 481-4440; Jeeps 'r Us Rentals, 462-9099; Jonas Rent-a-car, 462-3760; Palm Beach Resort Hodges Bay, 462-3765; Prince's Rent-a-car, 462-0766; Rawlins Supreme Car Rental, 461-0110; St John's Car Rental, 462-0594; Slane's Supreme Car Rental, 462-8789 or 461-6171; Thrifty Car Rental, 462-9532; Village Car Rental, 461-3746

Elsewhere on the island: Pats Rent A Car (Crosbies), 462-6739; Anjam Rent-a-car (Dickenson Bay), 462-3765; Lion's Car Rental (English Harbour), 460-1400; Ivor's Taxi (Liberta Village), 460-1241 or 460-3357; Hyatt Rent-A-Car (Lunar Park), 463-2012; JT's Rent A Scoot (Parham), 463-3578; Paradise Car Rentals (Rex Halcyon Cove), 462-9780

In Antigua bicycles can be rented at Bike Plus (tel 462-2453) and Paradise Rentals (tel 460-7125) in St John's, and Sun Cycles (tel 461-0324) in Hodges Bay.

Island taxi tours are available in addition to standard taxi service.

Taxis do not have meters. The government sets rates between destinations and taxi drivers should have a rate card available, however, you should confirm the rate and the currency (US$ or EC$) with your driver in advance.

- Antigua Reliable 24-hr Taxi Service (West Bus Station), 460-5353
- Archibal Taxi Service (Powells), 562-1709
- Brother's Taxi Service (St John's), 462-6464
- Christo Taxi Stand (High St), 460-7434
- Co-operative Taxi Service Villa, 462-4325
- Daylight Taxi (Long St), 462-3015
- Gravy Taxi Stand (Market St), 462-0711
- Heritage Quay Taxi Stand, 460-8213
- Life Saver Taxi Stand (Lower Tanner St), 460-9898
- Matthew Car Rental & Taxi Service (V C Bird International Airport), 462-8803 or 462-9532
- Sandals Antigua Taxi Stand (Dickenson Bay), 462-2504
- United Taxi Association (V C Bird International Airport), 562-0262
- West Bus Station Taxi 24-Hour Taxi Service (West Bus Station), 462-5190 or 462-5191

Private minivans operate along set routes, but service can be erratic, reduces significantly in the evening, and is almost non-existent on Sunday. Enquire at your hotel.

The high-speed Barbuda Express ferry operates daily between St John's, Antigua (tel 268/560-7989) and Barbuda (tel 268/460-0059 or 724-7027). The 90-min trip costs EC$80 one way or EC$140 return. Mon-Thurs it departs Barbuda at 6:30am and Antigua at 4:30pm. Fri it departs Barbuda at 6:30am and 3:15pm, and Antigua at 8:30am and 5pm. Sat it departs Barbuda at 6:30am and 4:15pm, and Antigua at 8:30am. Sun it departs Barbuda at 2:30pm and Antigua at 8:30am and 4:30pm. Rates and schedules are subject to change.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

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