Anguilla has begun taking steps to reopen its borders. Government-approved aircraft, ships, vessels, or boats used for the repatriation of Anguillian citizens to Anguilla, and the departure of Anguillian and Non-Anguillian citizens from Anguilla, are now allowed to operate into the island’s air and seaports of entry.
“We are keeping both our citizens overseas and our travel partners in the marketplace updated on our progress and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Anguilla in the very near future,” declared the Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism. “We intend to reopen in a safe, responsible way that protects both our citizens and our guests, yet still ensures the wonderful vacation experience that has made Anguilla the #1 destination in the Caribbean for three years in a row.”
At this point, no definitive date for reopening the borders to commercial international travel has been announced. However, the government has outlined its measured approach to reopening, which will take place in phases.
- Phase One is the repatriation of Anguillians overseas – students, family members, residents — who need to return home. An online portal has been set up on the www.beatcovid19.ai platform to assist Anguillians abroad with the registration and screening requirements, in order to effectively manage the repatriation process.
- With the help of the British government, Anguilla has acquired both the GenXpert and the Quanstudio PCR machines, along with testing kits, supplies, and staff training which has enabled the Health Authority of Anguilla to now accurately and quickly test for COVID-19.
- Guidelines for industry stakeholders, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, international and regional associators including the USTA, CHTA, CARPHA, and IATA, are being circulated and implemented across all product sectors – accommodations, transportation, attractions, retail and dining establishments.
- In Phase Two the administration will prepare to welcome paying guests; both travel advisors and stakeholders have indicated that there is a demand for Anguilla, in particular from repeat guests who spend up to two months on the island.
- The administration is also working on a number of touchless solutions, such as online immigration processing, virtual check-in, and check-out at hotels; that will also be in effect as part of the travel safety protocols implemented on reopening.