Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda are two Caribbean islands, (Antigua, pronounced "an-tee'-gah" and Barbuda), that form a country that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico, off the coast of South America.

About Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua is perhaps the island which most typifies the modern day view of a small Caribbean destination. With few other natural resources, tourism dominates the local economy of both islands. Stunning white sand beaches abound and on Antigua there is no shortage of attendant high-end resorts.Barbuda still has the beaches but little tourism-based infrastructure.

Investment banking and financial services also make up an important part of the economy with many major foreign banks taking advantage of the nation's liberal banking laws. That may all change though after the 2009 arrest of Antigua-based Texan billionaire Allen Stanford who is accused of perpetrating an enormous fraud which may have milked investors of some US$8 billion.

Cricket is a huge sport here and this tiny nation has produced several genuine all-time world greats of the game. Cricket fans will certainly not be short of local residents to chat with.

Antigua and Barbuda are nicknamed "Land of 365 beaches" due to the beaches that surround the two islands.

History of Antigua and Barbuda

The Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak and Carib Indians populated the islands when Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981.

Weather in Antigua and Barbuda

The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation. The islands experience hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October) and periodic droughts.


Officially 230 V 60 Hz. Most outlets are the standard British type. Generally speaking, U.S. and Canadian travellers should pack adapters for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment in Antigua & Barbuda. Contact your hotel and ask to be sure. Many places are now built to North American standards.

Also in use are non-grounded North American outlets. These require an adapter to work with plugs that have the third grounding plug. Older North American outlets may not be polarized (with one slot wider than the other). Adapters are available which accept a polarized plug and adapt it for use with a non-polarized outlet. See the electrical systems article for more information.

An Introduction to the Region of Antigua and Barbuda

the main island and a major Caribbean resort destination
few people, even fewer facilities, magnificent beaches
tiny uninhabited island

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Visa policy of Antigua and Barbuda

EU Muslims can enter without a visa.

Muslims visitors of the following countries may also enter without a visa: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nauru, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and citizens of British Overseas Territories.

If you do need a visa, you must have a passport valid at least 6 months after time of visit, a completed application form and 1 passport size photo. A single entry visa costs 30GBP and multiple entry costs 40GBP.

Note that if you are of a nationality that normally requires a visa and you are entering Antigua and Barbuda as a port for a cruise ship, you do not need a visa provided the ship will be leaving the day it arrives.

Travel by plane to Antigua and Barbuda

V.C. Bird International, (IATA Flight Code: ANU) located in north eastern Antigua on the outskirts of St John's, is the nation's main international airport. The airport serves flights into the United States, Canada, Europe and other Caribbean islands.

LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport Services), ] headquartered in Antigua, operates Flights to various destinations in the Eastern Caribbean.

The following international airlines serve the airport:

To the US: American Airlines/American Eagle (Charlotte, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico), Delta Air Lines (Atlanta, GA and New York JFK), United Airlines (Newark, NJ)

To Canada: Air Canada (Toronto, Ontario)

To Europe: British Airways (London-Gatwick), Condor (Frankfurt, Germany), Livingstone (Milan, Italy), Virgin Atlantic (London-Gatwick)

To Caribbean: American Airlines/American Eagle (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Caribbean Airlines (Barbados, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica)

Travel by boat to Antigua and Barbuda

Many excursionist come in via cruise ships and enjoy their day in Antigua. Many cruise lines travel to Antigua.

Yacht charters offer another alternative in and around the islands. There are a variety of companies that service this area including Worldwide Boat and [ Windward Islands, both of which offer crewed, luxury yacht charters of Antigua and Barbuda.

Transportation in Antigua and Barbuda

Hafen von Street John's - Harbour of St. John's

Tourists mainly get around by taxi or tour operators. However for the tourist on an economy budget the bus service is acceptable, but slow. Unfortunately the nicest spots are only reached by your own transport. But if you stay a week or more, rates for rental cars become quite reasonable(see below).

By ferry

Barbuda Express runs ferries between Barbuda and Antigua.

Car rentals

There are various vehicle rental agencies, so they're unlikely to be hard to find.

Local Language in Antigua and Barbuda

Languages spoken are English (official) and local dialects. There is also an expanding Spanish-speaking migrant population.

What to see in Antigua and Barbuda

Nelson's Dockyard - Harbour C IMG 1040 - Nelson's dockyard

  • Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour
  • The British forts and the views from Monk's Hill in Falmouth (Antigua) | Falmouth
  • Frigate birds on Barbuda
  • Mount Obama, previously known as "Boggy Peak" the nation's highest point and a national park named for U.S. President Barack Obama on his 48th birthday in 2009.

Top Muslim Travel Tips in Antigua and Barbuda

Shopping in Antigua and Barbuda

Money Matters & ATM's in Antigua and Barbuda

The currency of the nation is the East Caribbean dollar, denoted by the symbol: "$" or "EC$" (ISO currency code: XCD), which is also used by seven other island nations in the Caribbean. The EC dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. It is pegged to the United States dollar at an exchange rate of US$1 = EC$2.70.

Coins circulate in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 cents and 1 dollar. Banknotes circulate in denominations of 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Galley Boutique, English Harbour has great clothes.
  • 1000 Flowers, St. John's has great clothes.

Study as a Muslim in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Antigua State College
  • Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology
  • Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute
  • University of the West Indies (Open Campus)
  • University of Health Sciences Antigua
  • American University of Antigua

Learn about local legacy and culture. Learn a bit of dialect along the way. Buy a copy of the local newspaper The Observer: they have a nice cartoon in local creole which helps with the interestingAntiguan dialect.

How to work legally in Antigua and Barbuda

Working longer than three months requires an official working license, to be filed with the employer. The employer also has to pay for it. There might be good jobs at the tourism sector and the entertainment industry (mainly on-line casinos and sports betting).

Halal Restaurants & Food in Antigua and Barbuda


The national dish is fungie (pronounced foon-gee) and pepper pot. Fungie is a dish very similar to the Italian Polenta being made mainly of cornmeal. Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned Rice, saltfish and lobster (from Barbuda). Local confectionaries include sugarcake, fudge, raspberry and tamarind stew and peanut brittle. The various restaurants around the island sell both local and international food.

  • Lunch might be anything that can be easily bought from a nearby shop, mainly a bakery.
  • Dinner will typically be Rice, macaroni or Pasta vegetables/salad, a main course (fish, Chicken, etc.) and a side dish like macaroni pie, scalloped potatoes or plantains.

On Saturday be prepared to find many drive-by barbecues at important road crossings all over the island. They are serving Rice and Chicken, dumplings, soup and alike. Sometimes they even have a sound system for entertainment.

Sunday is the day when the culture is most reflected in the food. For breakfast one might have saltfish, eggplant, eggs, bacon, Sausages,or lettuce. Dinner may include Beef, baked Chicken, stewed lamb, or turkey, alongside Rice (prepared in a variety of ways), salads and a local drink.

  • The Roti King, corner of Street Mary's Street and Corn Alley, Street John's. Serves Roti, which is an East Indian dish of rolled Indian flat bread filled with hot and spicy Curries and tamarind Sauces.

Buy/Rent Muslim Friendly Condos, Houses and Villas in Antigua and Barbuda

eHalal Group Antigua and Barbuda is a prominent real estate company specializing in providing Muslim-friendly properties in Antigua and Barbuda. Our mission is to cater to the specific needs and preferences of the Muslim community by offering a wide range of halal-certified residential and commercial properties, including houses, condos, and factories. With our commitment to excellence, client satisfaction, and adherence to Islamic principles, eHalal Group has established itself as a trusted name in the real estate industry in Antigua and Barbuda.

At eHalal Group, we understand the importance of meeting the unique requirements of Muslim individuals and families seeking properties that align with their cultural and religious trainings. Our extensive portfolio of Muslim-friendly properties in Antigua and Barbuda ensures that clients have access to a diverse selection of options tailored to their needs. Whether it's a luxurious villa, a modern condominium, or a fully equipped factory, our team is dedicated to assisting clients in finding their ideal property.

For those seeking a comfortable and modern living space, our condos are an excellent choice. Starting at US$ 350,000 and these condominium units offer contemporary designs, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations within Antigua and Barbuda. Each condo is thoughtfully designed to incorporate halal-friendly features and amenities, ensuring a seamless integration of Islamic values into everyday living.

If you are looking for a more spacious option, our houses are perfect for you. Starting at US$ 650,000, our houses provide ample living space, privacy, and a range of customizable features to meet your specific requirements. These houses are located in well-established neighborhoods in Antigua and Barbuda, offering a harmonious balance between modern living and Islamic values.

For those seeking luxury and exclusivity, our luxury villas in Antigua and Barbuda are the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Starting at US$ 1.5 million and these villas offer a lavish lifestyle with private amenities, breathtaking views, and meticulous attention to detail. Each luxury villa is meticulously designed to provide a serene and halal environment, allowing you to enjoy the finest living experience while adhering to your Islamic principles. For further details please email us at

Ramadan 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda

Ramadan 2025 in Antigua and Barbuda

Ramadan concludes with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

The next Ramadan shall be from Friday, 28 February 2025 to Saturday, 29 March 2025

The next Eid al-Adha shall be on Friday, 6 June 2025

The next day of Raʾs al-Sana shall be on Monday, 19 July 2024

The next day for Mawlid al-Nabī shall be on Monday, 16 September 2024

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Antigua and Barbuda

There are many hotels resorts and other kinds in Antigua so finding one should not cause too much of a hassle.

Stay safe as a Muslim in Antigua and Barbuda

Though Antigua is generally a safe place, secure your purses and wallets. Walk only with the necessary money, avoid street urchins and vagrants and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you hire a car, park in a well-lit area.

Homosexual acts between consenting adults are illegal in Antigua and Barbuda, punishable by 15 years' imprisonment. Discretion is advised for travelers.

Medical Issues in Antigua and Barbuda

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Avoid taking unusual risks, eat more from packaged goods. However the public market is a great place to mingle and get affordable provisions.

There are some signs on the road of St. John's, providing you with the ten principles of healthy living:

  1. Breathe deeply
  2. Drink water
  3. Sleep peacefully
  4. Eat nutritiously
  5. Enjoy activity
  6. Give and receive love
  7. Be forgiving
  8. Practice gratitude
  9. Be accepting
  10. Take your time

Tap water is generally drinkable, but people complain about the taste and it may upset your stomach at first if you're not used to it, so most visitors drink bottled water.

Local Customs in Antigua and Barbuda

The local residents are very friendly and respectable. Approach them in a courteous manner and it will undoubtedly be returned to you. Approach them with a smile and remember please, thank you, good afternoon.

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