Anguilla reopens for tourism in the wake of COVID-19

 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 


The British Overseas Territory of Anguilla recently announced that it has decided to reopen its borders for international tourism. Anguillan officials will also begin accepting applications for entry and visitors will be able to travel to the Caribbean island starting Friday, August 21.

The official announcement was made by Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, at a press conference hosted by the Prime Minister Ellis Webster. As of Friday, visitors looking forward to enter Anguilla will have to start the pre-registration process online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website.

In order to apply for the application, visitors would have to provide their house address and proposed travel dates alongside a negative PCR test, taken within three to five days prior to arrival. In addition, they will have to apply for 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 authorising travel to Anguilla will be issued.

All guests will also be given a PCR test on arrival, with a second test administered on the 10th day of their visit. During this period, visitors can enjoy all the facilities and amenities at their villa. After the arrival of the second test, guests with negative results will be allowed to explore the island. In case of a positive result, the guest will have to isolate at a government approved location.

The use of rental vehicles will also be prohibited until arrival of clearance on day ten. However, there is no minimum stay requirement and guests are allowed to take shorter trips. Visitors from low-risk countries will be given preference and those from high-risk countries will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into consideration their place of residence.

Gumbs-Marie said in her statement that Anguilla is currently COVID-19 free, and the destination always held the objective of reopening in a prudent way, taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of residents and guests. She mentioned that authorities have witnessed the developments on neighbouring islands and have therefore established very strict protocols, grounded in the ability to contain and mitigate the risks of an imported case.

Kenroy Herbert, Chairman, Anguilla Tourist Board added that authorities are looking forward to welcome guests back to Anguilla, safely and responsibly. He shared that there has been a considerable pent-up demand for Anguilla, among homeowners, repeat guests, and visitors who wants to take break from the stress and strain of the past several months. He mentioned that Anguilla offers a wonderful respite, a safe haven people can relax and enjoy the spectacular beaches and culinary delights, in the comfort of a lovely villa, as a home away from home.

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