TORONTO — Travellers can apply to visit the island of Anguilla, which is currently COVID-19 free, as early as Aug. 21.
On this date, visitors wishing to enter Anguilla can start the pre-registration process online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website. Application requirements include the visitor’s home address and proposed travel dates, the submission of a negative PCR test (taken within 3-5 days prior to arrival), and a health insurance policy that will cover any medical expenses incurred in relation to COVID-19 treatment.
Once the application is approved, an electronic certificate authorizing travel to Anguilla will be issued.
All passengers will be given a PCR test on arrival, with a second test administered on day 10 of their visit. During this period, they can enjoy all the facilities and amenities at their villa. Once a negative result is returned following the second test, guests are then free to explore the island.
In the event of a positive test, guests will be required to isolate at a government-approved location. The use of rental vehicles will also be prohibited until clearance is received on day 10.
There is no minimum stay requirements; guests are free to visit for shorter periods as well.
Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference, while those coming from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
A list of approved accommodations, particularly in the villa sector, will be available on the website, as all properties must be registered and certified to receive guests. A rigorous program of staff training is currently underway.
As the island is presently COVID-19 free, masks are not mandatory. However, guests are expected to observe social distancing and follow stringent hygiene practices while in destination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its classification of Anguilla from “sporadic cases” to “no cases” on June 18, marking an important milestone for the island.
“Anguilla is currently COVID-19 free so our objective has always been to reopen in a prudent way, taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our residents and our guests,” said Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Anguilla’s Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism. “We have witnessed the developments on some of our neighbouring islands and we have therefore established very strict protocols, grounded in our ability to contain and mitigate the risks of an imported case.”
Kenroy Herbert, Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board, added: “We know that there is considerable pent-up demand for Anguilla among our homeowners, our repeat guests and those who just need a break from the stress and strain of the past several months. We offer a wonderful respite, a safe haven where you can relax and enjoy our spectacular beaches and our culinary delights, in the comfort of a lovely villa, your home away from home.”