Anguilla has lowered the required quarantine period for fully vaccinated visitors from 14 days to seven days as part of an updated, phased approach to health protocols that aim to revitalize the island's economy.
And beginning July 1, all visitors entering Anguilla must be vaccinated. Fees and quarantine requirements will be removed, although a negative Covid-19 test done three to five days prior to arrival will still be required.
By October, the island projects that all that will be required of visitors for entry is evidence of a completed Covid-19 vaccination.
Barbados was the first Caribbean country to announce a reduced length of quarantine time for vaccinated visitors.
Anguilla's switch to dual requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers took effect this week. Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to quarantine for 14 days.
"We recognize that the widespread distribution and administration of vaccine programs in our major source markets as well as here have profound implications for our tourism industry," said Anguilla minister of tourism Haydn Hughes.
"We are taking a phased approach to the full and safe reopening of our island," he said.
Anguilla's new Covid-19 protocols for visitors still requires arriving passengers, vaccinated or not, to produce proof of a negative PCR test result taken three to five days prior to travel, take a test upon arrival and take another at the end of quarantine.
The island also changed its fee structure for visitors staying less than 90 days. The entry fee for vaccinated travelers is now $300 for the first traveler and $200 for each additional person; unvaccinated travelers pay $600 for the first traveler and $200 for each additional person.
Effective May 1, people traveling in groups of more than 10 must be vaccinated to enter and attend any mass gathering, such as weddings and conferences; spa, gym and cosmetology services will be permitted if both guests and staff therapists are fully vaccinated.
"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," said Kenroy Herbert, chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board.
"There is tremendous interest in Anguilla. We are seeing a significant increase in arrivals, and our forward bookings for this summer and winter 2021/2022 are very encouraging," he said.
It is estimated that 65% to 70% of Anguilla's residents will be fully vaccinated by the end of June, enabling the island to achieve herd immunity.
Details can be found at www.Ivisitanguilla.com.