Last updated: November 11, 2020. This article will be updated as new information is provided. For more COVID-19 country re-opening and border updates, subscribe to our newsletter here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Even with a mere 3 cases, Anguilla has played it super-safe, keeping its borders closed until the end of October 31, 2020. On November 1, the island’s government reopened its borders, but travelers looking for a Caribbean getaway should do some advanced planning.
In This Post
Who can visit?
There are no restrictions on who can visit, but all guests entering will be required to get pre-approval before entering. More on that below.
What testing is required?
In total, travelers heading to Anguilla can expect to be tested at least three times (assuming they don’t experience any symptoms). They are as follows:
- Pre-arrival – Guests will be provide a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken between 3-5 days before arriving in Anguilla.
- On arrival – Travelers will have to provide a hard copy of the above test, and then will be subject to another PCR test at the airport.
- Ending quarantine (10-14 days after) – To complete your quarantine (discussed below), guests will have to take their third PCR test before they can be allowed to venture unrestricted around the island.
Other rules and requirements?
If you plan to visit Anguilla, you will be required to fill out an application form via their website. Travelers will need to provide passport information, demographics, health status, and travel history. Guests will also be required to have a valid health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related illness.
Once these details and first negative test result is submitted and reviewed, the intended travelers will receive an electronic travel authorization certificate sent via e-mail if approved.
Travelers will have to bear the cost of on-island testing and monitoring, with these costs varying depending on the number of people and length of stay as follows:
|Up to 5 days||Up to 3 months||3 months to 1 year|
|Couples||$500 per couple||$600 per couple|
|Families||$500 for a couple then $250 for each dependent thereafter||$600 for a couple then $250 for each dependent thereafter||$3,000 covering household of 4 persons. $250 for each dependent thereafter|
|Groups||$500 for first 2 persons then $250 per person thereafter||$600 for first 2 persons then $250 per person thereafter|
According to their website, the fee covers, “two (2) tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence, the cost of extended immigration time/entry and a digital work permit.”
No masks (except under certain conditions)
Guests entering the country will only be required to wear masks while on their flight or vessel to the island, and while transiting through their airport and to their approved place of stay. Otherwise, both guests and locals can go mask-free around the island. This explains why travelers entering the island have to take at least three tests at various points of their journey.
Masks are not mandatory and are not required after persons have been medically cleared from the stay in place. However, visitors are required to use masks upon arrival to Anguilla while traveling through the airport or seaport and on their way to their approved accommodation.
Travelers are still required to comply with social distancing policies, in this case maintaining a distance of 3 feet or 1 meter apart.
Will there be a quarantine period?
Anguilla’s government has put a spin on the idea of quarantine. For the first 10 to 14 days (depending on where you arrive from), guests will have to enter a quarantine at their approved place of stay (whether it be a hotel or home), but will be able to dine outside the property and take part in various activities within what is called the “Vacation Bubble”.
On completing the quarantine period and receiving their final negative PCR test, guests can then explore the entire island without restrictions once social distancing and other safety policies are still followed.
What is the Vacation Bubble?
Rather than keeping tourists trapped at a hotel property, the “vacation bubble” was formed to include a number of external activities, as well as be able to take advantage of safe transport to and from different approved locations.
Guests taking part in activities outside their hotel while on quarantine can visit approved “Safe Environment” locations as part of a “Guided Movement” which shields them from locals, and other guests who have completed quarantine. The Guided Movement period is defined as follows:
A period in which protocols are used to guide and facilitate ALL movements of a visitor on island. This applies to visitors who are on property (hotels/villas etc.) for less than 10-14 days. Due to their short stay will not get the opportunity to receive medical clearance and as such will not be able to explore the island at will.
Hotels and restaurants which have received specific training and have met the requirements put in place by the Ministry of Health and whose protocols have been approved will be marked as “Safe Environment Certified” while other services/activities which received training and or attended sensitizing seminars and whose operating protocols have been approved will receive the label of “Safe Environment Approved”.
As mentioned above, guests will only be able to visit locations via approved transportation services and will not be allowed to rent a vehicle until their quarantine period has ended.
For information on approved hotels, dining facilities and activities, check out their tourism page here.
Coronavirus in Anguilla
As it stands, Anguilla is effectively COVID-free, with only three infections reported to date. All three patients made a full recovery, with the last person being declared free of COVID-19 on April 26, 2020. Since then, government officials do not require that locals and guests wear masks once they social distance.
[Featured Photo: Belmond Cap Juluca]