Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Travel Tips

Things You Need to Know When Traveling to Antigua

Passport Requirements

Passports are required. We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport validity date of at least six months past the date of departure from the island and check specific country of origin requirements. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport please visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the HM Passport Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.


Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. We suggest 50 cents per bag for porters and bellhops, and taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.

Credit Cards

AMEX Not Accepted for Local Payments at Galley Bay. Due to ongoing issues with American Express credit card processing, please be advised that, until further notice, American Express credit cards cannot be used to pay local charges and incidentals at the hotel. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are welcomed.


Calling the US is easy "from" Antigua. Our resorts offer US Direct calling service, or can connect you with a US operator for calling home.

Departure taxes & service charges

Antigua has a US$28.00 airport departure tax (normally included in your airline ticket), a room tax of 10.5% and a service charge of 10%.


The resorts predominantly use 110V, the same as in the United States.

Appropriate attire

Elegantly casual. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Most restaurants stipulate collar shirts and long pants for men and pant suits or dresses for women in the evening.

Time zone

Antigua is on Atlantic Standard Time for the duration of the year, which places its clock one hour ahead of Eastern Standard time and four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. During daylight-saving time in the United States, Atlantic Standard Time matches Eastern Standard Time. Those traveling from other time zones may have to make slight adjustments in order to become used to the time difference, but this is usually not too difficult with the sun and sand of the Caribbean to ease the transition.


The official currency of Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. A recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.


  • Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank
  • Antigua and Barbuda Investment Bank
  • Antigua Commercial Bank
  • Bank of Antigua
  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • First Caribbean International Bank, Ltd
  • RBTT Bank, Ltd
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Swiss American National Bank of Antigua

Banking hours are Monday through Thursday "from" 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and again "from" 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Friday "from" 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Medical facilities

There are several general practitioners and specialists on the island as well as a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving ''from'' an endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.

Shopping hours

Monday, Thrusday, Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Personal safety

Antigua is relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.Place your valuables and travel documents in your room safe. Keep your guest room doors and windows locked, especially at night and when you are not in the room.

Illness & Allergies

The Hotel is located in a tropical environment. While the Hotel does employ a year round pest control service, the Hotel and its owners, employees, agents, insurers, and travel suppliers shall absolutely not be liable for any claim, injury or illness resulting from exposure to Zika virus, Chikungunya virus, or any other insect-borne virus or illness whatsoever. The Hotel’s food and beverage outlets use wholesome ingredients, which may include peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, nut-based oils, eggs, shellfish, shrimp, seafood, soy, milk, wheat, and other potential allergens. Due to the large scale of the Hotel’s food and beverage operations, the Hotel cannot guarantee that food items will not come in contact with potential allergens even if a particular food items does not normally include such ingredients. Guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions should be advised accordingly and take precautions. The Hotel is not able to accommodate individually tailored meals for specific guests based on their individual dietary needs. The Hotel and its owners, employees, agents, insurers, and travel suppliers shall absolutely not be liable for any claim, injury or illness resulting from food allergies or specific dietary needs or requirements.

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