Anguilla travel guide
Beyoncé. Paul McCartney. Denzel Washington. Expect to keep good company if you’re holidaying in Anguilla, which has become something of a hangout for the rich and famous in recent years.
Though not the most accessible Caribbean island (geographically and financially speaking), that is precisely why this British Overseas Territory is so appealing for the jet set. There are other reasons, of course. Anguilla also lays claim to some of the finest beaches in the region, as well as some of the most luxurious hotels. Suffice to say, it’s not the place to be penny pinching.
That said, some visitors do just that: favourable tax rates have earned Anguilla a reputation as a place to squirrel away the dollars. However, the island’s true riches lie below the waves, where you will find spectacular coral reef formations and a staggering diversity of marine life: from stingrays to sharks, turtles to tropical fish, there’s as much to see on the seafloor as there is on the shore.
Sailing is another popular pastime in Anguilla and it doesn’t take long to navigate the tiny island and its eight largely uninhabited cays.
If it sounds like a playground for the rich that’s because it is, but that’s not to say more wallet-friendly options don’t exist. There are a range of holiday villas and midrange hotels to suit more modest budgets. A night out needn’t cost the Earth either: potent cocktails go for reasonable prices in Anguilla’s ubiquitous beach bars.
Those who like their food are in for an unexpected treat. The restaurant scene is excellent and there is a surprising range of cuisine, from fine French fare to local dishes. Don’t leave without feasting on buttery Anguillan lobster.
For the culturally minded, Anguilla has many galleries showcasing local art, not to mention a delightfully eccentric museum. Wherever you are though, those beautiful beaches are only minutes away.
91 sq km (35 sq miles).
14,764 (UN estimate 2016).
164 per sq km.
British Overseas Territory.
HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented locally by Governor Tim Foy since 2017.
Chief Minister Ellis Webster since 2020.
Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Anguilla on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anguilla’s ports, sea and air, are open to returning residents and visitors.
Entry and borders
For current regulations on entering Anguilla, see Entry requirements.
Returning to the UK
When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact the Anguilla Ministry of Health on +1 264 497 3930 for information on testing facilities.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Anguilla
There are no restrictions on the movement or gathering, however mandatory social distancing, capacity limits and mask wearing are in place in premises that are open to the public. Further information can be found on the Government of Anguilla COVID-19 website and the Government of Anguilla website.
Healthcare in Anguilla
The Health Authority of Anguilla are asking the public to call the COVID-19 inquiries hotline on + 1 264 476 7627 if they suspect they might have contracted the coronavirus, been exposed to the coronavirus, or have any questions other matters relating to their health and coronavirus. The public are asked to call the hotline and not visit a healthcare facility unless instructed to. The Health Authority have also set up a dedicated COVID-19 information website.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Anguilla
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Anguilla
The UK Government has been supplying vaccines to the people of the UK’s Overseas Territories. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK authority responsible for assessing the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines. MHRA has temporarily authorised under Regulation 174 of Human Medicines Regulations 2012, the Pfizer/BioNTech and Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine for supply in the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories for use in Anguilla.
For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.
For further UK government guidance on support you can access whilst abroad, visit our waiting to return guidance. This includes guidance on finance, health, and staying connected.
If you need urgent assistance, see Emergency assistance
Crime levels are low. However, you should take sensible precautions such as:
- locking doors and windows at night and securing your car when you leave it.
- avoid isolated areas, including beaches after dark.
- don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery.
- valuables and travel documents should be left, where possible, in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes.
- don’t offer resistance if an armed robbery is attempted.
There is no public transport except taxis, but car rental is widely available. You will need to bring your driving licence if you plan to rent a car and obtain a local driving licence from the car rental company at a cost of US $25 (which is valid for 3 months), and car hire costs approximately US$50 per day. Most rental cars are automatic. If you want a manual one, it’s best to order in advance. Driving is on the left, the same as in the UK. Take care when overtaking as most vehicles are left hand drive. Observe speed limits and do not drink and drive.
Clayton J Lloyd International Airport is open to returning residents and visitors.
For current regulations on entering Anguilla, see Entry requirements
Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is open to returning residents and visitors.
For current regulations on entering Anguilla, see Entry requirements
As Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory there’s no British diplomatic or consular representation. The local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance.
Following the impact of the 2017 hurricane, the UK government continues to provide assistance to infrastructure redevelopment, but this won’t impact visitors to the island, which is open for business with levels of security at pre hurricane norms.
In an emergency, dial 911 for a local emergency response.
Hospital: Telephone: +(264) 497 2551
Victims of crime should contact the Royal Anguilla Police Force: Telephone: +(264) 497 2333.
Marriage, Birth and Death registration enquiries: Judicial Department Telephone: +(1 264) 476 2377
Immigration and Visa information: Anguilla Immigration Department Telephone: +(1 264) 497 3994 email: Immigration@gov.ai
Passport Information: Anguilla Passport Office Telephone: +(1 264) 497 7394
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Anguilla, attacks can’t be ruled out.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Anguilla is a separate legal jurisdiction to the United Kingdom and has its own laws.
There are harsh penalties if you are caught with drugs of any kind.
Topless/nude bathing is not permitted.
You should observe the customs regulations on the importation and exportation of agricultural products and the protection of marine and animal life. Some marine and animal specimens may not be taken from the island. If in doubt, check with the local customs authorities.
There’s no provision for marriage or civil partnerships between same-sex couples. Hotels and resorts are generally welcoming, regardless of sexual orientation. Local attitudes can be conservative and some people may not approve of public displays of affection between same-sex couples. See this information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Anguilla
On arrival, all fully vaccinated people will receive a yellow wrist band. All unvaccinated people including residents and minors, will receive a red wrist band. Wrist bands can only be removed at the direction of the Ministry of Health. Details on vaccinations requirements below.
Anguilla’s ports, sea and air, are open to returning residents and visitors. The regular ferry service from Marigot Port (French St. Martin) to Blowing Point Ferry Port has been suspended until further notice.
All people must use certified ground transportation to move from their port of arrival to their destination. People arriving cannot rent vehicles or go in private vehicles until they receive negative results (more on testing below).
If you wish to travel to Anguilla you will need prior approval from the Government’s Health Team. You can apply for approval by completing the online form on the Government’s COVID-19 website.
As part of the approval process you must provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test taken 3 to 5 days before the planned date of your arrival. Rapid PCR tests and rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
Testing on arrival
All visitors and returning residents will be tested on arrival and may be subject to further testing.
On arriving at your destination, either a residential property, hotel, guest house or private rented villa, all people must stay in place at the property until they have been officially notified by the Ministry of Health that they have been tested out as negative.
Entry requirements for visitors
All adult visitors arriving in Anguilla from 1 July must be fully vaccinated and have received their last vaccination at least 21 days before arrival. The only exception to this requirement is for pregnant women. You will not need to self-isolate on arrival.
Multi-generational families arriving in Anguilla
In a multi-generational family or groups comprising fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated children under the age of 18, or pregnant women, the unvaccinated persons will be required to take a further RT-PCR test four days after arrival, but will not need to self-isolate.
Returning residents who are not fully vaccinated
Returning residents who are not fully vaccinated, including children under the age of 18, will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days after arrival in approved accommodation.
Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated, coming from a fully vaccinated household and arriving to stay in a fully vaccinated household, will be required to take a RT-PCR test four days after arrival but will not be required to self-isolate on arrival.
Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated, coming from an unvaccinated household and/or arriving to stay in an unvaccinated vaccinated household, will be required to take a RT-PCR test four days after arrival and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days in approved accommodation.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status
Anguilla will accept the UK’s solutions to demonstrate your COVID vaccination status. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Regular entry requirements
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Anguilla as a visitor, but accommodation must be booked prior to arrival. Visitors will be granted entry for a 3 month period. A work permit is required for any form of employment during your stay and with effect 30 June work permits will only be issued to or renewed for fully vaccinated persons.
You must hold a valid passport to enter Anguilla. Your passport must have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of entry into Anguilla.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry to and exit from Anguilla.
A departure tax payment of US$28 cash per person is payable at the airport when departing Anguilla by air.
Departure tax is payable at the ferry terminal when leaving Anguilla by sea to either French St. Martin or Dutch St. Maarten. The amount you pay is dependent on age, whether you are going on a day trip or leaving Anguilla permanently, and whether you are travelling to St. Martin or St. Maarten. Payment at the ferry terminal can be made by credit card or cash.
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Anguilla on the TravelHealthPro website
See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Anguilla.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each overseas territory page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in overseas territories. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the local territory government.
While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
UK health authorities have classified Anguilla as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
There is one small hospital, one private day-hospital, 4 functioning public clinics (GP surgeries) and several private clinics on the Island. Patients requiring major surgery may need to be transferred to a neighbouring island.
Scuba divers should note that there are no facilities on the island for treating decompression sickness. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and the National Hurricane Centre.
See our Tropical cyclones page for advice about how to prepare effectively and what to do if you’re likely to be affected by a hurricane or tropical cyclone.
Most major credit cards are accepted in local shops, hotels and restaurants. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). It is pegged to the US Dollar at around EC$2.7 = 1 US Dollar. US Dollars are widely accepted. The territory has modern banking facilities, including ATM machines.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).
Foreign travel checklist
Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.
The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.
When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.
Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.
Refunds and cancellations
If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.
For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizens Advice website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Registering your travel details with us
We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.
Previous versions of FCDO travel advice
If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.
If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.