The idyllic Caribbean island of Anguilla, a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean, has recently eased its quarantine requirements for incoming travelers, potentially leading to a flood of overseas travelers in the coming weeks and months. Known for its stunning beaches, hidden bays and crystal-clear water, Anguilla is every part the typical Caribbean island, and is also a popular stop for small, luxury cruises making their way through that part of the world.
The news follows the reclassification of the island as a Level 1 country according to the US government’s travel advisory system, suggesting that travelers visiting the island are unlikely to encounter any threats when visiting – a rare occurrence given the rise of the Delta variant around the world. Here’s an explanation of the new quarantine requirements, plus a look at how travelers can visit the island, and why the country has been given Level 1 status.
What Travelers Should Know
Anguilla has changed its quarantine restrictions, making the country a much more attractive proposition for international travelers. This isn’t the first time the island nation has changed its restrictions, with the country having previously reduced the duration of quarantine for some international travelers in April down to 4 days from an original length of 14 days. However, the new update will see quarantine removed completely for some travelers.
Quarantine has been a bone of contention for many travelers, with the costs often too high for travelers to justify, meaning Anguilla’s changes are bound to be welcomed by the masses. Under their new rules, travelers staying at hotels and resorts on the island will be tested upon arrival. The tests results will be ready in around 12 hours, after which travelers will be free to leave their accommodation and explore the island should the result come back negative. This applies to stay of all lengths on the island.
The new restrictions were published on the Anguillan government’s website on August 27th. The easing of restrictions only applies for those staying in specific hotels, resorts and licensed villas, whilst different quarantine restrictions still apply for different types of accommodation. For example, those staying in unlicensed villas or other private rental accommodation types are unable to skip the four days of quarantine even if they return a negative test result.
Travelers should be aware that even if they manage to skip the quarantine thanks to a negative Covid-19 test result, they are still required to fulfil other testing requirements that Anguilla has in place. Travelers will still be required to take a Covid-19 test on their fourth day on the island. Negative results will allow travelers to continue their enjoyment of the island, whilst negative results will see travelers forced to go into isolation.
Prior to entering the country, travelers must first apply online, with only fully vaccinated travelers being granted entry at present. Prospective travelers must provide a negative test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival, and will be tested again at their port of entry. They will then move to their accommodation, where they will receive their results. Anguilla is no longer asking fully vaccinated travelers to provide proof of insurance or pay entry fees.
Only July 7th, Anguilla was designated as a Level 1 country, due to the low levels of Covid-19 on the island. Only nine countries in the world have Level 1 status, making Anguilla one of the safest options for travelers at present.
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