Anguilla will begin accepting applications for entry from visitors wishing to travel to the island starting Aug. 21, 2020, the Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Quincia Gumbs-Marie announced last week.
Authorities said that Phase One will last through Oct. 31 this year and most tourists will then be allowed to return after Nov. 1.
“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,” Gumbs-Marie said at a press conference.
“We have witnessed the developments on some of our neighboring islands, and we have therefore established very strict protocols, grounded in our ability to contain and mitigate the risks of an imported case,” she added.
Those who wish to plan a vacation to 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 three to five 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.
Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference, while those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into consideration their place of residence.
A list of approved accommodations, particularly in the villa sector, will be available on the portal, as all properties must be registered and certified to receive guests.
Upon arrival, all passengers will be given a PCR test, with a second test administered on day 10 of their visit. During this period, Travelers will then be restricted to their villa/accommodation and its amenities. Once a negative result is returned after the second test, guests are then free to explore the island. In the event of a positive test, the guest will have to isolate at a government approved location.
There is no minimum stay requirement.
Anguilla’s Tourism Board says workers who interact with tourists are in the middle of a training on safety. Most hotels and resorts will reopen by Nov. 1.
“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,” said Kenroy Herbert, chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board.