Anguilla Just Dropped Its Pre-arrival Testing for Vaccinated Travelers— What to Know

The Caribbean island will only require COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated travelers.

Aerial view of a beach in Anguilla
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The Caribbean island of Anguilla has stopped requiring pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for vaccinated visitors.

Starting today the island will no longer require vaccinated travelers to get tested before coming, according to the government of Anguilla. Travelers will be required to show proof of their vaccination status to the airline before checking in for a trip and then again upon arrival in Anguilla and nearby St. Maarten.

Additionally, the island is allowing unvaccinated travelers to enter for the first time in over two years as long as they show proof of a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Testing must either be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or a rapid test taken within 48 hours of arrival. At-home tests are not accepted.

Unvaccinated children aged 4 years and younger are not required to provide a test result, but may be tested on arrival. Travelers aged 5 through 17 are required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

Earlier this year, Anguilla stopped requiring fully-vaccinated travelers 18 and older to apply for permission to enter the island through an online travel portal.

The British Caribbean island, which is known for its private villas and beachfront resorts, offers an impressive 33 beaches in the Eastern Caribbean. The island boasts warm weather nearly year-round with peak tourist season from December to mid-April.

Anguilla joins many other Caribbean destinations in easing entry rules, including the British Virgin Islands, which has stopped requiring travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Several other destinations have also dropped pandemic-era entry rules altogether, like Grenada, Aruba, and Bonaire.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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