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 Anguilla - Formalities

Clearance

The SailClear advance web notification service for clearance is now operational. Users previously registered with the old eSeaClear system will find all their details have been carried over to the new system.

2014: Customs are up and running with SailClear, however Immigration is not.

Yachts must proceed directly to Road Bay and clear in at the Customs and Immigration office at Sandy Ground. See RoadBay/Clearance for details.

Visiting  any area outside of Road Bay, requires a cruising
permit.

Blowing Point is NOT a Port of Entry for yachts.

Last updated July 2016.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for 6 months.

For stays up to 90 days: No visas are required by nationals of EU countries or most Commonwealth countries, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Uruguay, United States and Venezuela.

See www.gov.ai/immigration for the full list of nationals requiring a visa. This site was last updated in January 2011 and may be out of date now.

Last updated July 2017.

Department of Immigation
Immigration Building , The Valley, Anguilla
Tel:(264) 497 2451/2 Fax:(264) 497 0310

Customs

Firearms should be licensed and must be securely locked on board, under the captain's control only.

The bringing in of illegal drugs is treated very seriously.

Each visitor is allowed to bring in food for their own consumption, plus one bottle of spirits, duty free.

There is no specified time limit on how long a yacht may stay.

Last updated July 2016.

Customs Headquarters
The Valley, Anguilla
Tel:(264)497-2513 Fax:(264)497-5483
Road Bay Customs
Tel:(264)497-2213 Fax:(264)497-5483

Health

There is only one hospital (and 3 private clinics) on the Island and medical facilities are relatively limited. Serious cases requiring major surgery may have to be transferred to neighbouring islands or to Miami.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Anguilla is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Last updated September 2016.

Documents

Unless only visiting Road Bay, a cruising permit is required. This is issued by the Customs Officer.

Cruising Permit fees: depends on tonnage and the duration of a visit, e.g. a boat from 5 to 20 tons for a week would pay EC$750 (EC$275 if under 5 tons). The permit can be obtained on arrival. It also counts as a clearance certificate and with it, it is not necessary check out with Customs when leaving Anguilla.

Last updated May 2017.

Fees

Overtime: EC$30 at Road Bay outside of official hours and on Sundays and holidays.

There are mooring buoys in marine parks. The fee for their use is now included in the cruising permit. These buoys are white and designed to take boats up tp 55 feet (18m). They can be booked in advance.

A departure tax of EC$13.50 (US$5) per person is payable.

There is also a fee for diving. Currently US$4 per person/per dive.

All yachts must pay for a cruising permit if wishing to visit areas outside Road Bay, (even in a dinghy). There are no exemptions for cruising yachts with the owner on board. The amount depends on the yacht's tonnage and is charged by the day - Note: a day is midnight to midnight - which means that 1 overnight stay is 2 days.

FEES FOR CRUISING PERMITS (2017)

These fees now include include a maine park mooring permit.

Tonnage - Period - Fee (EC$)

up to 5 tons - 1 day - 75
5 to 20 tons - 1 day - 150
over 20 tons - 1 day - 375

up to 5 tons - 1 week - 275
5 to 20 tons - 1 week - 750
over 20 tons - 1 week - 1,500

up to 5 tons - 1 month - 700
5 to 20 tons - 1 month - 2,750
over 20 tons - 1 month - 3,000

up to 5 tons - 3 months - 1,400
5 to 20 tons - 3 months - 6,000
over 20 tons - 3 months - 8,500

Last updated May 2017.

Restrictions

There are several areas where anchoring is prohibited or severely restricted. These include Little Bay, around Sandy Island, Prickly Pear Cays and Seal Island reefs, Dog Island and Rendezvous Bay.

Anguillian waters are all protected as a national park.

The rules for the Marine Park are:-

  • Please do not stand or lean on corals
  • Please do not break off live or dead coral
  • Please do not anchor on any reef or seagrass areas - sandy areas only
  • Please do not throw garbage into the sea
  • Visitors are NOT permitted to fish within Marine Park boundaries
  • NO flora, fauna, or artifact found within any of the Marine Parks may be removed or damaged
  • Activities that may lead to the damage of any flora, fauna, or artifact found within any of the Marine Parks is PROHIBITED
  • Water skiing is NOT allowed within Marine Park boundaries
  • Jetskiing is NOT allowed in any of Anguilla's waters
  • Fires are NOT allowed on any of Anguilla's beaches
  • Absolutely no anchoring in Little Bay

Visitors are prohibited from spearfishing and the collection of
coral and shellfish.

There are also restrictions on waste disposal for which there is a charge.

Wide Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.

Local Customs

Dress Code
This is casual, and, when in The Valley, in good taste (no short-shorts, bikinis, bra-type tops or shirt-less men).

Nudity (and toplessness for women) is illegal for everybody in all public places, including remote beaches.

Pets

Animals allowed to visit Anguilla providing they have a Health Certificate 10 days or less before travel and dogs must have a Rabies Vaccination Certificate at least a month old and no more than a year.

A month prior to your arrival on the island contact the Agricultural Department at The Valley, Anguilla BVI and obtain a set of importation papers.

Have these papers together with your pet and its health certificate when you arrive.

Only certain pets are allowed on Anguilla.

Last updated March 2016.

Agriculture Department
Tel: (264) 497 2615 Fax:(264) 497 0040
Opening hours: 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00(Mon-Fri)
Pet import regulations. Recommended contact: Isabel C. Rosario at Isabel.Rosario@gov.ai
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Justinh
Justinh says:
Aug 27, 2017 10:47 AM

here's a great map of anchorages in anguilla for anyone looking
https://www.virtualbeachs.com/anguilla4.html

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