Foreign travel advice

Anguilla

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all but essential travel to Anguilla. Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on Anguilla on Wednesday 20 September.

Following the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma, there’s a high risk of further severe damage. Coastal flooding is also highly likely. If you’re in Anguilla, you should identify shelter immediately and be ready to take cover when the hurricane approaches.

The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44 (0)20 7008 0000.

Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory. There is therefore no formal British diplomatic or consular representation. The local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance. See Emergency assistance.

Anguilla was severely impacted by the landfall of Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017. Communications have been damaged in the region, including in Anguilla. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

The hurricane season usually runs from June to November and it is highly likely that further storms will affect the Caribbean. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already caused by Hurricane Irma. You’re advised to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities in the case of any further storms. See Natural Disasters.

If you are considering travelling to Anguilla, you should plan very carefully and ensure you have your own contingency measures in place. There has been widespread damage to infrastructure and communications with many homes and buildings damaged. Access to medical supplies, food and water are limited and power supplies have been affected. You should be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you will be extremely limited. If you’re in Anguilla, you should keep your departure options under regular review.

The UK is providing assistance and financial support and is making an urgent assessment of the needs of communities in Anguilla. See this page for more information on the UK government response and advice for British nationals.

UK health authorities have classified Anguilla as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre

Most visits to Anguilla are trouble-free. However, cases of robbery and other crimes do occur. See Crime.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Anguilla, attacks cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.