Travel Guide

Anguilla Basics

The Basics


Time: GMT -4

Electricity: Electrical current in Anguilla is 110 volts, 60Hz with flat blade attachment plugs and flat blades with round grounding pin plugs in use.

Money: The East Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency of Anguilla, although US dollars are widely accepted, with prices on menus etc. generally quoted in American dollars. There are several ATMs throughout the island and one at the airport. Credit cards are accepted at most establishments.

Currency Exchange Rates

XCD1.00 = USD 0.37GBP 0.29CAD 0.48AUD 0.54ZAR 5.35EUR 0.33NZD 0.56
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English is the official language in Anguilla.

Entry requirements for Americans: A valid passport, USA birth certificate, voter's registration or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, is required. US nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. Passports and other identification documents must be valid on arrival.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK citizens do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals require a valid passport and a visa for Anguilla, unless holding a valid visa for the United Kingdom, the USA, or Canada for a maximum of three months.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require all documents needed for next destination, a return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers travelling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. If departing from the USA, a valid passport will be required. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required for those arriving from infected areas.

Getting around: There are more than 60 miles (97km) of roads on Anguilla, the majority of them with a sealed surface. Car, bike, jeep, and taxi hire are available. Driving is on the left and the speed limit is 30mph (48km/h).

Travel Health: Travellers over a year old arriving from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended for all travellers as well as polio and tetanus vaccinations. Mains water on Anguilla is chlorinated, but bottled water is available and recommended for visitors. All food on the island is safe to eat. There are three private medical clinics and a small hospital, which can deal with minor emergencies, but serious cases are transferred to neighbouring islands or the USA mainland. Adequate medical insurance is therefore strongly advised.

Tipping: A service charge of 10% is generally added to restaurant and hotel bills in Anguilla, and any tipping over and above this is discretionary.

Safety Information: Visits to Anguilla are trouble-free. The crime rate is low, but it is wise to take sensible precautions with valuables. Hurricanes usually affect the island between June and November.

Local Customs: In Anguilla, skimpy dress in public is frowned upon and nudity on beaches is not permitted.

Business: Business in Anguilla is centred on tourism and the financial services, as it is a zero-tax environment and an offshore jurisdiction. Due to the balmy climate, lightweight suits or a buttoned up shirt are sufficient for business meetings. Business hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Communications: The international dialling code for Anguilla is +1 264. The island is well covered by a GSM mobile network. An internet service provider is operating on the island with easy access in the resorts and large cities.

Duty Free: Goods that may be brought into Anguilla without paying duty are 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco and 1.14 litres of spirits.