Anguilla Opens Hotels, Resorts and Villas as Part of Phased Reopening

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Anguilla’s Ministry of Tourism is preparing for Phase Two of the tourism reopening, slated to start on November 1, 2020. In Phase Two, hotels and resorts, along with villas, have been added into the approved and certified accommodations mix for visitors to the island. Furthermore, the government is introducing the bubble concept, which allows properties to safely offer their guests access to a variety of approved amenities, services and activities while they stay in place. These vary by property but may include watersports, select indoor and outdoor games, beach yoga and other activities, provided that they are implemented in accordance with general COVID-19 protocols, such as social distancing, sanitizing and hygiene practices.  

A revised fee schedule has also been introduced to help offset the steep costs of managing the re-entry protocols and procedures. For visitors staying at a pre-approved property, for a period of less than three months, the fees listed below are effective immediately:

Five Days or Fewer

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  • Individual Traveler: $300
  • Couple: $500 
  • Family: Main applicant $300 + $250 per additional family member

Six Days to Three Months (90 Days)

  • Individual Traveler: $400
  • Couple: $600 + $250 per additional family member
  • Family: Main applicant $400 + $250 per additional family member

This fee covers two tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence.

For extended stays of over three months and up to 12 months, the original fees still apply, as follows:

  • Individual Traveler: $2,000 
  • Family (four persons): $3,000 + $250 per additional family member

This fee covers two tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence, as well as the cost of extended immigration time/entry and a digital work permit.

All fees are payable only on approval of the travel application.

In June 2020, Anguilla was categorized by the World Health Organization as having “no cases” of COVID-19.  Anguilla currently has the classification of “No Travel Health Notice: Very Low Risk for COVID-19” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To date, there are no active or suspected cases on the island, and to ensure that this remains the case, there is no change to the entry requirements. A negative test result obtained three to five days prior to arrival along with travel health insurance that covers COVID-related treatment is required, and all visitors will be given a PCR test on arrival. A second test will be administered on Day 10 of their visit (for those originating from low-risk countries) or on Day 14 (for guests arriving from higher-risk countries). Once a negative result is returned after the second test, guests are then free to explore the island.  

Travel Applications are being accepted online at the Anguilla Tourist Board's website; a concierge will guide each applicant through the process. The site provides visitors with everything they need to know about the application process as well as experiencing life in Anguilla.

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