clearing in and out of Barbuda
There are important updates on noonsite regarding Covid 19 Special Procedures for visitors sailing on private boats or yachts in the Caribbean, with a page of information on Antigua and Barbuda, and on Barbuda we have additional restrictions and checks according to the Barbuda Council.
The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association have their own information on their pages for marine visitors.
There has been confusion in the past about visitors to Barbuda having to clear customs in Antigua first, and then leave Barbuda within 24 hours – this is not always the case; some details of what to do are listed on the above sites but those wishing to come to Barbuda before Antigua or stay longer, can contact the Controller of Customs in Antigua at least 48 hours before, by e-mail at [email protected] or on (+268) 462 0829 and get the required permission.
For more information on this call Matthew John, our own Customs Officer at Barbuda Customs on his cell phone (+268) 722-7210
Barbuda is regularly visited by experienced sailors who like to keep the secret to themselves, and the island also has almost 400 historic wrecks around the coast which are enough to put off casual sailors. We have lost boats in recent times too, it is so flat that it is very difficult to see until you are dangerously close to the reefs.
A regular visitor to Barbuda, Chris Doyle is very familiar with the coastline and comes to Barbuda to update his essential guide. Most of those who do make the effort to visit us are delighted when finally anchored off a stunning beach without a soul in sight. But please ask a local person for advice if you are new to Barbuda and need to know where to moor your boat, and please do not anchor to our reefs, fish in the restricted areas or use jet skis, spear guns and other destructive equipment.