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Anguilla Country Guide

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  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
  5. Embassies & Visas
  6. Finance

Quick Facts

Official Name: Anguilla
Capital: The Valley
Official Languages: English
Spoken Languages: English
Population: 13,452 (2011 est.)
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Time Zone: UTC-4

Anguilla is a territory located in the Caribbean, the territory is owned by the UK. The main island of Anguilla is supported by many smaller islands and cays, these do not have a permanent population but can be visited by tourists. The island is popular with businesses and individuals due to its taxes, there is no tax for estate, profit, capital gain or any direct taxation to individuals or businesses throughout Anguilla.

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Anguilla is situated east of Puerto Rico and north of Saint Martin. The islands are flat and low lying. Anguilla is popular for its spectacular coral reefs and beaches which attract tourists to the islands every year. Anguilla has a tropical climate. Rainfall is very common in Anguilla, most of the seasons throughout the year are wet with the only dry months being February and March. Temperatures can be as high as 31°C (88°F) or as low as 23°C (73°F).

Geographic data: 18.22723° N 63.04899° W

Natural hazards: Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are risks in Anguilla

Birth rate: 12 births/1000 people (2013 est.)

Death rate: 5 deaths/1000 people (2013 est.)

Life expectancy: 81.2 years (2014 est.)

There is no public transport available. Taxis are available. You are allowed to drive and hire a car if you have a valid driving license. You will have to pay $20 for an Anguilla license before you are allowed to drive. You must drive on the left.

Crime is generally low; keep an eye on your possessions, and do not carry valuables around with you. There has been rare cases of armed robbery, if this does occur do not offer any resistance putting yourself in danger. Take care travelling at night.

If you are a British national then you do not require a visa to visit Anguilla but you must be able to prove that you have accommodation.

Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from the date of entry into Anguilla. You will require a passport to enter.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Most major credit cards are accepted throughout Anguilla in hotels, shops and restaurants. US dollars are widely accepted as well as the official East Caribbean Dollar.

Visit your health professional prior to travelling. There are limited medical facilities in Anguilla, one small hospital and three private clinics. They can deal with a handful of emergencies but not all, you may have to be evacuated to another country to deal with your treatment. There has been cases of the Chikungunya virus, avoid getting bit by mosquitoes as best as you can. It is advised that you take out good medical/travel insurance due to the limitation of medical care available. If you require medical assistance, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance.

Currently, FCO have not advised to avoid travelling to Anguilla. There is a low threat from terrorism. However, this information could change at any time. It is advised that you check the FCO website before you travel: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Direct Travel Insurance cannot offer cover for any areas or countries to which the FCO advise against travel.

Anguilla has been influenced by the Caribbean due to where it is geographically positioned, the territory is also influenced by Britain. Music, cuisine and sport are all key aspects in the entertainment of Anguilla. Seafood is the most popular dish in the territory, however, goat is the most commonly eaten meat. Boat racing is the most popular sport in Anguilla, hosting many competitions. Boat racing is the national sport of Anguilla.

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