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Anguilla travel guide

About Anguilla

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.

Key facts

Area:

91 sq km (35 sq miles).

Population:

14,764 (UN estimate 2016).

Population density:

164 per sq km.

Capital:

The Valley.

Government:

British Overseas Territory.

Head of state:

HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented locally by Governor Tim Foy since 2017.

Head of government:

Chief Minister Ellis Webster since 2020.

Travel Advice

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.

International travel

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

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling 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. See Healthcare in Anguilla for more information on what you must do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test.

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

Mandatory social distancing and mask wearing are in place in premises that are open to the public.

Mass gatherings are limited to a maximum of 1 person per 30 sq. ft. applicable to both indoors and outdoor settings.

Further information can be found on the Government of Anguilla COVID-19 website and the Government of Anguilla website.

COVID-19 Healthcare in Anguilla

The public are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline on + 1 264 476 7627 if you suspect you might have contracted the coronavirus, been exposed to the coronavirus, or have any questions relating to your health and coronavirus. Do not visit a healthcare facility unless instructed to. The Health Authority have also set up a dedicated COVID-19 information website.

You will be contacted by the Health Authority if you receive a positive COVID-19 test. The Health Authority will advise you whether you can self-isolate where you have been staying and for how long, along with anyone you are staying with, or whether you need to enter a government approved quarantine facility. You will need a negative test to leave self-isolation.

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.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

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

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.

Road travel

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.

Air travel

Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is open to returning residents and vaccinated visitors.

For current regulations on entering Anguilla, see Entry requirements

Sea travel

Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is open to returning residents and vaccinated visitors.

For current regulations on entering Anguilla, see Entry requirements

Emergency assistance

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.

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.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

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.

This page has information on travelling to Anguilla. Check what you must do to return to the UK.

All travellers

Visas

British citizens 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.

Passport validity

If you are visiting Anguilla, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive. UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry to and exit from Anguilla.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Anguilla set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the Government of Anguilla London Office. You should also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Departure tax

A departure tax is payable at the airport when departing Anguilla by air and 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 a number of factors including age, whether you are leaving Anguilla on a day trip or longer, and whether you are travelling to neighbouring French St. Martin, Dutch St. Maarten or elsewhere.

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you are 18 years and older, you must present evidence on arrival that you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and that you received your last vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated on the Anguilla Tourist Board web page.

Additionally, you must provide acceptable evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (NAA/PCR/RNA test taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or Rapid Antigen (taken no more than 48 hours before entry). See information on the Anguilla Tourist Board web page about taking a test before travelling.

The tests must be administered by an accredited health professional and processed at an accredited laboratory. Self-administered home tests and antibody 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.

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla and additionally have had a booster dose, you will not be tested on arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated less than six months ago (and with your last vaccination at least 14 days before arrival), you will not be tested upon arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla, but have not had a booster dose, you are still considered fully vaccinated. However, you will be tested on arrival. The testing fee is US$50.

If you arrive in Anguilla without the appropriate documentation (proof of vaccination and test results), you will be required to return to your country of origin. If that is not possible, you will complete arrival and exit tests, and quarantine for 5 days at your own expense. You will also be charged US$200 by the Government of Anguilla in addition to any fines for unapproved entry.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Anguilla will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival. 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.

Residents of Anguilla

If you are a returning Anguillian National and/or Resident (Anguilla Resident Stamp holders, work permit holders, retired homeowners) aged 18 years and older, you must present evidence on arrival that you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated on the Anguilla Tourist Board web page.

Additionally, you must provide acceptable evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (NAA/PCR/RNA test taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or Rapid Antigen (taken no more than 48 hours before entry). See information on the Anguilla Tourist Board web page about getting a test before entry.

The tests must be administered by an accredited health professional and processed at an accredited laboratory. Self-administered home tests and antibody 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.

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla and additionally have had a booster dose, you will not be tested on arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated less than six months ago (and with your last vaccination at least 14 days before arrival), you will not be tested upon arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla, but have not had a booster dose, you are still considered fully vaccinated. However, you will be tested on arrival. The testing fee is US$50.

If you are a returning Anguillian National or Resident and arrive in Anguilla without the appropriate documentation (proof of vaccination and test results), you will complete arrival and exit tests, and quarantine for 5 days at your own expense. You will also be charged US$200 by the Government of Anguilla in addition to any fines for unapproved entry.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

If you are 18 years and older, you will not be allowed to enter Anguilla as a visitor if you are not fully vaccinated. The Anguilla Tourist Board web page outlines eligibility.

Residents of Anguilla

If you are an unvaccinated returning Anguillian National or Resident (Anguilla Resident Stamp holders, work permit holders, retired homeowners) aged 18 years and older, you will be required to apply in advance on the Anguilla Tourist Board entry portal, test on arrival, quarantine for 5 days and have a negative test to exit quarantine. You will be charged US$100 per person when applying.

The Anguilla Tourist Board web page sets out the application process and requirements.

Children and young people

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla and additionally have had a booster dose, you will not be tested on arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated less than six months ago (and with your last vaccination at least 14 days before arrival), you will not be tested upon arrival.

If you have been fully vaccinated more than 6 months prior to your arrival in Anguilla, but have not had a booster dose, you are still considered fully vaccinated. However, additionally, you will be tested on arrival. The testing fee is US$50.

Unvaccinated visitors aged 17 years and under are only permitted to enter Anguilla if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult aged 18 years and older.

Visitors aged 17 and under must provide acceptable evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (NAA/PCR/RNA test taken no more than 72 hours before entry) or Rapid Antigen (taken no more than 48 hours before entry). See information on the Anguilla Tourist Board web page about taking a test before travelling. The Anguilla Tourist Board are aware that certain countries and territories do not test children under a certain age. Children travelling from those countries and territories without a negative test must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over and will be tested on arrival. The testing fee is US$50.

Unvaccinated returning residents 4 years and under accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult aged 18 years and older will not be required to quarantine. They will be tested on Day 4 after arrival.

If you’re transiting through Anguilla

It is very unusual for visitors to transit through Anguilla. For further additional information you should contact the Anguilla Tourist Board.

Exemptions

If you are an unvaccinated visitor who may have a contraindication to the vaccine, you may apply for a medical exemption to enter Anguilla. You will be required to apply via the Anguilla Tourist Board entry portal.

If you are granted an exemption, you will be required to, test on arrival, quarantine for five days at your own expense and a have negative test to exit quarantine. You will be charged US$100 per person when applying.

There is no COVID-19 vaccination exemption for pregnant women.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

If you are visiting or resident in Anguilla, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive. UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry to and exit from Anguilla.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry to and exit from Anguilla.

Returning to the UK

Check what you must do to return to the UK.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

General health

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).

Health risks

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.

Medical treatment

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.

Travel safety

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.

Further help

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.

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