Travel Guide to Anguilla
Found East of Puerto Rico and North of St. Martin, is Anguilla; a British Overseas Territory. The main island measurely a mere 35 square miles or 90 square kilometres. Anguilla also has several outer islands and cays, most of which are uninhabited.
The name "Anguilla" derives from the word "eel", which is thought to be based on the islands shape. Interestingly, Anguilla only introduced its first type of income tax in 2011, which was at a rate of 3%.
The average air temperature is 80 °F (27 °C), and the rainfall measures an average 35 inches (890 mm) annually.
Sustainable energy is highly important here. Anguilla aims to have 15% of its energy obtained from solar power, and has many initiatives regarding climate change.
Anthem: God Save the Queen
National Song: God Bless Anguilla
Capital: The Valley
Time Zone: (UTC-4)
Power Outlets: 110-120 Volts (Same as North America, most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted.
Traveler Checks: Traveler checks accepted.
Side of road to drive on: Left
: : ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Every visitor must hold a valid passport to enter Anguilla. Those travelling from Canada, United States of America, the United Kingdom, and many common wealth countries do not require a Visa in advance.
Visitors are not permitted allowed to stay longer than six months, and should have a return ticket as proof that they are not planning on staying in Anguilla. Visitors should also have their hotel confirmation, and evidence that they can maintain themselves financially for their visit to Anguilla. Although most visitors will not be required show these documents upon arrival, you must still be able to produce them if asked.
If a traveler is uncertain whether they need a Visa or not, they should verify with the British Consulate in their area.
: : CUSTOMS INFORMATION
All airports in Anguilla follow and meet strict international security standards. All passengers are subject to these regulations.
Upon arriving in The Islands of the Anguilla, everyone must fill out and sign an immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing.
You are allowed to bring the following items into the country:
-200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1/2 lb of Tobacco products
-1 quart of wine or spirits
-Already used clothes
Each adult visitor is allowed to leave Anguilla with 100 non-cuban (US residents) cigars, 200 cigarettes, 2 litres of alcohol, and (one litre must be made in a Caribbean Basin Initiative country).
Prohibited Materials Include: Pets and animals (special permission can be granted), illegal drugs, knives (and any other deadly weapons), explosives, plants, plant products (ie. tea), counterfeit money, and pornographic material.
SALES TAX AND FEES
There is no Sales Tax in Anguilla
A hotel room tax rate of 10% is applicable.
An airport departure fee of approximately $20.00 USD is charged to each visitor when they leave.
: : MEDICAL INFORMATION
The emergency number in the Anguilla is 911. You can also dial (264) 497-2333 for fire and rescue.
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Tel: (264) 497-2551; Fax: 497-5745
East End Clinic
Tel: (264) 497-4420
Island Harbour Clinic
Tel: (264) 497-4020
South Hill Clinic
Tel: (264) 497-6421
Valley Health Centre Clinic
Tel: (264) 497-8492
West End Clinic
Tel: (264) 497-6898
Hodges Medical Services
Tel: (264) 497-5828; Fax: 497-5828
Hughes Medical Center
Tel: (264) 497-3053; Fax: 497-3083
K&K Medical Center
Tel: (264) 497-3053 or 497-0124; Fax: 497-3083
Dental Unit, The Valley
Tel: (264) 497-3342
Facilities: The Dental Unit has two dentists in attendance.
Bringing in prescriptions: If you are required to take medication, you may carry only the amount you need for the flight in your carry-on bag. It should be in original packaging, along with the prescription.
Vaccinations: Although no vaccinations are required at this time, it is always important to verify with your doctor six weeks before departure.
: : CRIME
Although crime is not often reported by travelers, it has been known to occur. It is not a huge concern for tourists.
Accused of a crime in Anguilla: Persons violating laws in Anguilla, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If accused of a crime contact your embassy or consulate immediately.
Victims of Crime: If you are the victim of a crime in the Anguilla you should contact the local police and your embassy for help. This includes the loss or theft of a passport. The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends, and explain how funds may be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime are solely the responsibility of local Antigua authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.
Travelling to Anguilla with a Criminal Record: Persons with criminal records or persons, who are on parole, should contact the government of Anguilla directly, before purchasing any tickets.
: : TRANSPORTATION
Car Rental: Most rental agencies require you to be 25 years old or more to rent a car. You must have avalid driver's license and acquire a temporary Anguilla driver's license as well, for a fee of $20 USD. it is recommended to rent a car for a tleast a few days of your vacation, but know that 'cheap' hires are not common on this island.
Taxi: Taxis are common easy to find in Anguilla. Government regulated rates are charged by car (1 to 4 passengers).
Public Transportation: There is not public transportation services in Anguilla.
Drivers License Info: You are required to obtain an Anguilla drivers license to drive or rent a car. The fee is $20 USD.
: : CULTURAL INFORMATION
Motto: Strength and Endurance
Wardrobe: Informal sophistication best describe attire that should be worn in Antigua. Most resorts have an answer about attire in their FAQ.
Smoking: There is no regulations regarding smoking in Anguilla's public buildings and spaces. Smoking is allowed, but try not to do so in a crowd or right outside entrance doors. Also be sure to verify with your hotel or resort about their own smoking policies.
Etiquette: Anguilla has a very minimal 'class' system, and is very open to all cultures. They tend to keep things formal with new acquaintances, appreciate when visitors try to be sensitive to local customs. For instance they greet each other with Ms., Mr., and/or Mrs. Also, nude suntanning is strictly prohibited in Anguilla.
Tipping: The usual tip is 10% to 15%. Always verify no tip was charged on your bill.
: : TRAVEL AND SAFETY TIPS
- Always walk like you know where you are going, even if you don't. This
means keep your back upright and eyes straight ahead. When asking for
directions keep your voice low so others don't know you are lost.-Take
precautions. Do not wear a lot of jewelry or conspicuous clothing while
travelling to avoid being a target of crime.
- Be cautious when taking a taxi and always look for the appropriate documentation which should be posted in eyes view. Never take a cab from the airport that is off by itself.
- If your hotel or resort recommends staying on their property you should follow these precautions.
- Never leave valuables in a soft material. The seam can easily be cut. Often the crime takes place long before it is noticed. This applies to purses, bags and luggage.
- Do not invite strangers to your hotel room.
- Do not agree to meet strangers by yourself. Even those you consider new friends and fellow tourists.
- Plan for the unexpected, this includes extra money and medication that is required should your stay be extended.
: : TRAVEL CHECKLIST
- Health book/record of immunizations
- Photocopy of all travel documents. (Do not keep this in the same place as your passport, visa, etc)
- Airline tickets
- Drivers license
- Fax, telex or letter stating that your visa will be available upon arrival for countries who do not issue visas outside their country. (I.e. UAE, Oman, etc.).
- Traveler checks
- Major international credit cards (i.e. American Express, Diners, and VISA/MasterCard)
- Airline frequent travel cards
- Telephone numbers at destinations
- Commercial invoice for laptop computers, etc. - check with the destination office on this.
- Roof of travel/medical/car insurance
- Prescription medicines in clearly labeled containers
- Small first aid kit
- Card listing allergies and medical conditions
- MVP Itinerary
- Camera/extra batteries
- Cell phone/charger