COVID-19 travel protocols Anguilla

Anguilla island, Caribbean sea

From August 21, visitors wishing to enter Anguilla may start the pre-registration process online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website, Application requirements include the visitor’s home address and proposed travel dates; the submission of a negative PCR test, taken within three to five days prior to arrival; and a health insurance policy that will cover any medical expenses incurred in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus) treatment. Once the application is approved, an electronic certificate authorizing travel to Anguilla will be issued.

All passengers will be given a PCR test on arrival, with a second test administered on Day 10 of their visit. During this period, they must quarantine at their accommodation. Once a negative result is returned after the second test, guests are then free to explore the island.   

In the event of a positive test, the guest will have to isolate at a government approved location. The use of rental vehicles is also prohibited until clearance is received on Day 10. It should be noted, however, that there is not a minimum stay requirement; guests are free to visit for shorter periods. Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference; those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into consideration their place of residence. Although the United States has the most cases of COVID-19 of any country, according to Johns Hopkins, your place of residence will factor into consideration. For example: New York has done a better job of flattening its curve than other states, therefore, its residents may have better chances of getting approval.

A list of approved accommodations, particularly in the villa sector, will be available on the portal, as all properties must be registered and certified to receive guests. A rigorous program of staff training is currently underway, says the Anguilla Tourism Board. Note: As the island is presently COVID- 19-free, wearing a mask is not mandatory; however, guests on island are expected to observe social distancing and follow the stringent hygiene practices that have allowed the island to retain its coveted status for the past four months.

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