Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

We are happy to announce that our Antigua marina is now open.

While Antigua is opening its borders for international travelers, certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements, which as of the 30th October 2020, include: 

  • All travellers must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test taken within 7  days prior to arrival.

  • Curfew hours in Antigua are from 6pm-5am.
  • Beaches are open on weekdays and weekends between the hours of 6a.m. and 6p.m. during the current curfew period.
  • All bars are closed.
  • Restaurants are only allowed to give take out.
  • Social gatherings are limited to 5 persons.
  • Starting January 26, 2021, the U.S. Government will require all travelers coming from international countries - including U.S. citizens - to present negative test results within 3 days of departure aboard a flight. Antibody tests and vaccines are not accepted.
  • Upon your arrival at the airport, please state your intended destination is Antigua Charter Services, NOT Moorings. We are recognized as Antigua Charter Services.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
There is a testing facility at Mount St John's Medical Center, which is approximately 45 mins to 1 hour by car or taxi. To schedule an appointment in advance of your trip, please complete this form. The cost of the test is $200 USD.

Smartraveller.gov.au is a good source of information.

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Before You Travel

The Moorings Antigua Base 
Nelson’s Dockyard National Park 
English Harbour 
Antigua, West Indies

Base Hours 
8am - 5pm, seven days a week
Season: This destination is open from early November through the end of July.

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist Information Centre 
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Third Floor, ACB Financial Centre
High Street
St John’s, Antigua
Tel.  1.268.562.7600 | Fax 1.268.562.7602 
Email: [email protected]
Website: visitantiguabarbuda.com

General Information
Area: 108 sq. miles (279.719. km.)
Population: 80,161 
Official Name: Antigua
Capital City: St. John’s 
Official Languages: English
Religion: Christian
Government: British Dependent Territory 
Driving Side: Antiguans drive on the left
Climate: Tropical with its rainy season from June through November. For more information, view this destination's Cruising Conditions.

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How to Get There

V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is 35 to 45-minutes by car to our base.

Upon your arrival at the airport, please mention your intended destination is Antigua Charter Services, NOT Moorings. We are recognised as Antigua Charter Services.

We are unable to provide transfers at Antigua, however there are taxis available outside the airport. Please inform the driver that you are going to The Moorings base in English Harbour. The Moorings can arrange a taxi from the base back to the airport at the end of the charter. It is approximately $32 USD per taxi for up to four people (one way).

Car Rentals
A local license compulsory of $50 ECD is required, plus the cost of the car rental.

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: 12:00 pm
Sleep Aboard Time: 6:00 pm
Briefing Times: Scheduled upon arrival.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals
The Customer Service Desk is open until 5:00 pm. If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 11:00 am

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Only one cooler per boat.

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. A mobile phone is available free of charge if you wish to have one. A security deposit of $200 USD is required.

While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

All yachts in this destination are equipped with 110V two-pin plugs. Don't forget to bring a USB adapter to charge your phone as not all yachts are equipped with usb outlets.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licences
A formal sailing licence is not mandatory to charter here. A completed Sailing or Power resume is required to ensure you have the necessary experience required to charter yourself.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-antigua-and-barbuda/

The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD). We recommend carrying some of the local currency with you as not all restaurants and stores accept USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Note:This base cannot accept cash or personal cheques.

A 10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag is standard for bellhops.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
Antigua is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

Protecting our Oceans
Sustainable practices help us protect our environment, sailing areas and surrounding communities. The Moorings actively implements eco-friendly initiatives to reduce our footprint across all our bases.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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