With an aim to revitalize its economy through tourism, Anguilla recently released its COVID-19 Exit Strategy, which includes a series of revised entry protocols that are currently in effect or will roll out in phases through October 2021. Although being fully-vaccinated isn't required, it sure is beneficial since persons with that status can take advantage of reduced application fees and stay-in-place requirements.

Back in 2019, UPTOWN covered the Eighth Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification that was hosted by the Anguilla Literary Foundation at the Paradise Cove Resort. So trust us when we say you’ll want to experience the sandy beaches, secluded coves, beautiful waters, delectable cuisine, and British Caribbean culture of Anguilla at least once in your lifetime. We think it’s the perfect place to resume traveling as the world reopens following a global pandemic, even if you have to stay-in-place. The Anguilla Tourist Board estimates that between 65 percent and 70 percent of Anguilla’s resident population will be fully vaccinated by the end of June 2021, which enable the island to achieve herd immunity, according to a release.

Anguillan cuisine

Anguillan cuisine

“We recognize that the widespread distribution and administration of vaccine programs in our major source markets as well as here in Anguilla have profound implications for our tourism industry,” stated the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Haydn Hughes, in the release. “As more people become vaccinated, and new infections begin to plateau, we believe that revisiting and updating our entry protocols is merited at this time. As always, the health and protection of both our visitors and our residents is paramount, and we are once again taking a phased approach to the full and safe reopening of our island.”

“We have safely welcomed thousands of guests over the past five months, and we are confident that we will continue to do so under this amended regime,” declared Kenroy Herbert, Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board. “Our visitors appreciate the extra steps we have taken to ensure their safety while enabling them to experience our exceptional tourism product. There is tremendous interest in Anguilla, and we are seeing a significant increase in our arrivals; our forward bookings for this summer and particularly Winter 2021/22 are also very encouraging.”

Walk on a beach in Anguilla

Walk on a beach in Anguilla

The protocols for travel to Anguilla are broken up by date, so it’s best to examine the restrictions based on when you’d like to travel to the beautiful Caribbean island.

The following measure came into effect on Monday, April 12, 2021 (all currency amounts are USD):

  • The stay-in-place mandate for international travelers who are fully-vaccinated, with the final dose administered at least three weeks (21 days) prior to arrival, is reduced from 14 days to seven days.
  • Persons will still be required to submit a test 3 – 5 days prior to their arrival, be tested on arrival and at the end of the quarantine period.
  • Multi-generational families and/or groups with a mix of unvaccinated and vaccinated persons will all have to quarantine for a 10-day period, utilizing only approved short stay services.
  • The Entry Application Fee for fully-vaccinated visitors staying under 90 days in a villa or hotel is $300 per individual, and $200 for each additional person.
  • The Entry Application Fee for fully-vaccinated returning residents or visitors who are staying in an approved private dwelling home is $300 per individual, and $200 for each additional person.
  • The Entry Application Fee for unvaccinated returning residents or visitors who are staying in an approved private dwelling home is $600 per individual, and $200 for each additional person.
Beach massage in Anguilla

Beach massage in Anguilla

Effective May 1, the following protocols will apply (all currency amounts are USD):

  • All persons traveling in groups (i.e more than 10 persons) must be fully-vaccinated to enter and attend or conduct any mass gatherings in Anguilla, e.g. weddings, conferences, etc.
  • Spa, gym and cosmetology services will be allowed if both guests and staff therapists/consultants are fully-vaccinated, i.e. three weeks have passed since the final dose of an approved vaccine
  • All frontline hospitality workers, along with port and transportation staff are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination (first dose by May 1).

Starting on July 1, Anguilla will remove the fee and quarantine requirements for visitors who are fully-vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival. The entry protocols will be further revised in phases, leading to the elimination of all requirements by October 1, 2021.

Wedding at sea

Wedding at sea

Phase 1 runs from July 1 through August 31, 2021 (all currency amounts are USD):

  • All visitors to Anguilla who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to be fully-vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival (i.e. persons 18 and older).
  • Fully vaccinated persons will not be tested upon arrival.
  • Persons with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination will not be required to quarantine on arrival if the final vaccine dose is administered at least three weeks before date of arrival.
  • All persons entering Anguilla will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days before entry.
  • Multi-generational families and/or groups with a mix of individuals who are not eligible for the vaccine (i.e. children), will not need to quarantine, but they will need a negative PCR test 3-5 days ahead of arrival, and may be tested on arrival and subsequently during their stay.
  • Unvaccinated returning residents will be required to:
    • Produce a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to arrival
    • Submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival
    • Quarantine for 10 days in approved accommodation
Yoga on an Anguillan beach

Yoga on an Anguillan beach

Phase 2 runs from September 1 through September 30, 2021:

  • Unvaccinated returning residents will be required to:
    • Produce a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to arrival
    • Submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival
    • Quarantine for 7 days in approved accommodation

Phase 3, which signifies the culmination of the government’s COVID-19 Exit Strategy, comes into effect on October 1, 2021:

  • The travel authorization application for entry will be removed.
  • It will be the duty of all transport operators to ensure that their passengers have all the necessary documentation for entry including:
  • Evidence of completed COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Pre-arrival test for unvaccinated returning residents
    • All Phase 2 provisions for unvaccinated persons remain in place.
    • The legal requirements for businesses providing services to short stay guests (those operating in the bubble) will be removed entirely.

The Exit Strategy was a collaboration between Anguilla’s Executive Council, Tourist Board, and Ministry of Health.

“We worked diligently with the Ministry of Health to develop our protocols, which secured Anguilla’s position as the leading destination in the successful management and control of the pandemic,” declared the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, Quincia Gumbs-Marie. “We have continued this successful collaboration in designing our Exit Strategy, which will allow us to rebuild our industry and return to full employment as welcome our visitors back to Anguilla.”