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Anguilla Updates Entry Requirements For Tourists

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Anguilla updated its guidelines this week for entry requirements for travelers. Beginning November 1st, travelers will no longer be charged a $200 arrival testing fee upon entry. Instead, the fee will be reduce to $50 upon arrival. Travelers must still quarantine in their hotel for 12-24 hours while they wait for the test results before being cleared for travel.

On top of the reduction in testing fees, the pre-departure Covid testing timeline will be extended from 3 to 5 days before departure to 2 to 5 days. All tests must be nasal swab PCR tests.

Beautiful Shoal Bay beach framed with palms and seaside cafe on Caribbean island of Anguilla,

What Are The Entry Requirements For Anguilla? Update

All visitors to Anguilla (including returning nationals and permanent residents) are required to apply for an official travel authorization before departure. If you're planning to visit, fill out the form online in order to be approved for travel.

Those travelers applying as visitors can stay for up to three months in Anguilla. As previously mentioned, all travelers to Anguilla must present a negative PCR test result prior to departure taken no later than 5 days prior to travel.

Other pre-departure entry requirements for Anguilla:

  • Approved travel authorization form (digital) that was received via email upon approval of your travel application.
  • Completed online passenger form and health questionnaire.
  • Travel/medical insurance is recommended for travel to Anguilla.
Elevated view of Sandy Ground village, Anguilla

Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Travelers From The U.S., Canada And The UK

All adult visitors to Anguilla must be fully vaccinated and have received their last dose at least 21 days prior to travel, according to the Visit Anguilla website. Persons under the age of 18 and pregnant women will not have to show proof of vaccination for travel.

Arrival to Anguilla, travelers guidelines:

  • Show a hardcopy of your pre-departure Covid test results (RT-PCR) to a port health official.
  • Take an on-arrival test and undergo a health screening.
  • Transfer from airport to pre-approved hotel to wait for test results (can take 12-24 hours).
  • Masks will be required while in transit in all public areas.
  • The use of rental vehicles will not be allowed until travelers test results come back negative.
  • If the test comes back negative, you are approved for travel. All fully vaccinated travelers will receive a yellow wristband to wear throughout the trip.
  • Travelers will also be tested on Day 4 of their trip. This second Covid test will be given free of charge.
white sand beach in the Caribbean, Anguilla

Those fully vaccinated travelers staying in unlicensed villas or private households in Anguilla will be required to quarantine for 4 days upon arrival. A Covid test on Day 4 will also be required.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full dosage of one of the approved vaccines for travel (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen).

above view at family of two snorkeling at anguilla enjoying caribbean sea

Remote Workers Can Apply For Digital Nomad Visa

In addition to short stay/visitor applications, Anguilla is also accepting applications for Digital Nomad stays from 91 days to 12 months in total. The visa is renewable each year and the cost is around $2,000 USD, including all registration, testing and travel fees. If you're looking for somewhere to stay longer-term, Anguilla is known to be one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean. The official language of Anguilla is English.

Applicants will also have to provide details of employment/self-employment, have travel insurance throughout your stay and provide your medical records from the previous year. You can see more details on digital nomad visas here.

tourists doing yoga by the beach in Anguilla, Caribbean

Non-Stop Flights To Anguilla

Direct flights to Anguilla will soon be available to U.S. travelers starting this winter. On December 11, American Airlines will launch twice-weekly flights to Anguilla departing from Miami International Airport. There's also non-stop flights available from Puerto Rico.

sun chairs on Meads Bay in Anguilla

Top Things To Do In Anguilla

The British Caribbean Island offers so much to see and do anytime of year. Anguilla is very flat with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so relaxing, sun bathing and beach dwelling are some of the top activities here. If you're looking for some adventure, there's plenty to do:

Sail the Prickly Pear Cays: Take a day trip on a catamaran and sail from St. Maarten to explore Prickly Pear Cays, Crocus Bay Beach, Little Bay and Mullet Bay.

Shoal Bay: Arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Walk on the soft sand and dine at one of the many restaurants scattered along the beach.

Anguilla Watersports: Take the kids to this popular watersports location in Anguilla. There's a large inflatable waterpark, stand up paddleboarding, kitesurfing lessons and more.

Shipwreck on the shore in Anguilla, Caribbean

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