Friday 4 December, 2020

Travel Tuesday: Anguilla is open for approved visitors

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Since closing its borders in March, the Government of Anguilla has taken every precaution to safeguard the island from the spread of COVID-19. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the island recorded only three positive cases of COVID-19.

The Tourism Authority said: "With the only 3 confirmed cases fully recovered in April of 2020, the island and people of Anguilla have set an exemplary standard throughout the region in their management of COVID-19. Our islands response efforts have been internationally recognized as a model for other island governments around the World."

Being COVID-free, the island is one of the most in-demand destinations for prospective travellers.

Wanting to maintain the country's position on the CDC's No Travel Health Notice list, Anguillan authorities have implemented several measures to mitigate the possible spread of the virus.

International visitors can now apply for entry to the island but their eligibility hinges heavily on their country of origin.  

All visitors including returning residents are required to obtain pre-travel authorisation, failure to do so could result in them being refused entry.

Here we've itemised the protocols in place for every step of the process if you're hoping to travel to Anguilla.

Pre-arrival

  • All persons returning to Anguilla are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was done between 3-5 days before their arrival date.
  • All visitors are required to provide proof of insurance that covers costs related to COVID-19, full hospitalisation, doctors visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Complete online passenger information and health screening questionnaire.

An electronic travel authorisation certificate will be issued via email if the application was successful.

Travel to Anguilla

  • Visitors are urged to adhere to all safety protocols as established by airlines and vessels while journeying to Anguilla
  • Visitors are expected to take preventive measures to protect themselves and others from infection during travel
  • Masks are required on vessels to Anguilla and in other spaces and areas where persons can't maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet from others

On arrival to Anguilla visitors will be required to:

  • Provide a hard copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result
  • Undergo mandatory testing and screening
  • Use masks during transit through air and seaports and en route to preapproved accommodations
  • Visitors are also required to remain at their approved quarantine facility for a minimum of ten days.

They will also be subjected to regular health monitoring.

The Anguilla Tourism Authority said visitors will not be allowed to access rental vehicles until after they've been medically cleared at the end of the stipulated quarantine period.

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