Anguilla has opened its doors to tourists starting August 21st. Visitors can now travel to the Caribbean island on vacation. The Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism, Quincia Gumbs-Marie, announced at a press conference hosted by the Prime Minister, Ellis Webster.
Gumbs-Marie stated: “Anguilla is currently Covid-19 free, so our objective has always been to reopen prudently, taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our residents and our guests.” And also added: “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.”
The pre-registration process, application requirements and the guidelines to be followed
Visitors wishing to visit Anguilla can start the pre-registration process online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website. The application requires few details which include visitors’ home address and scheduled travel dates, the submission of the negative PCR test which must be taken within three to five days before arrival, and also a health insurance policy that covers medical expenses related to Covid-19 treatment. An electronic certificate authorizing travel to Anguilla will be issued once the application is approved.
On arrival, all passengers will give a PCR test and also with a second test administered on day ten of their visit. Visitors can enjoy the facilities and amenities of their villa during this time. After the second test results are returned negative, visitors are allowed to explore the island, but if the result is positive the visitor will be isolated at a government-approved location. Till clearance is received on day ten, usage of rental vehicles is restricted. Taking into the place of residence, visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference while those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case by case basis. However, there is no minimum stay requirement for visitors.
The chairman of Anguilla Tourist Board, Kenroy Herbert, said: “We look forward to welcoming guests back to Anguilla, safely and responsibly.” And continued: “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 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.”
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