Getting to Anguilla by air or sea
Traveler Update: Anguilla re-opened its borders to international travelers in November and has introduced new health and safety protocols, a new pre-approval for entry process, required testing and in-bubble vacation strategy. Some transportation options may be adjusted or not available. Learn more>
Fly into one of the area’s international gateways, including St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts or Antigua. Many airlines offer direct flights from the US, Canada and Europe. Use the gateway airport as your destination, not Anguilla. See Arriving by Air above.
Step 2: Then fly to Anguilla or travel by boat.
From your choice of the international gateways take a second, short commercial or private flight to Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd Airport (AXA). Anguilla is just an 8-minute flight from St. Maarten (SXM) and a 50-minute flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).
Or, what many travelers find more flexible and economical, after flying into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on Anguilla’s closest neighbor, the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, take the public ferry (not currently running) or a pre-arranged private or shared sea shuttle to Anguilla. See Arriving by Sea above.
Step 3: Take a 5-minute taxi ride to Villa Alegria
Once you’ve arrived in Anguilla you will have your first of two on-island PCR tests and travel via approved taxi to Alegria to wait for your test results (typically within 24 hours).
Step 4: Sit back, kick your shoes off and relax, you’re here. Get ready to enjoy Anguilla’s bubble!
Our concierge will pre-arrange your arrival at the villa. Check-in is at 4 pm local time and complimentary welcome refreshments will be waiting for you. We can also pre-stock the villa with groceries and any other requests before you arrive. While waiting for your test results, you will remain at Alegria and will need to wait to access the beach by the villa. Results are typically returned by the next morning. Guests who test negative will receive a wristband and enter a vacation bubble for 14 days (guests staying a shorter time will depart Anguilla while still in the bubble). While in bubble, guests can enjoy all of the amenties at Alegria. Housekeeping will be provided on an adjusted schedule and our concierge will be available by phone/what’s app to make requireed advance reservations and transportation for boat charters, snorkeling and diving excursions, golf and dining out at participating restaurants. Socially-distanced yoga and fitness training can also be arranged onsite. This moving bubble strategy keeps everyone safe and healthy while ensuring you have an amazing vacation experience. Health officers will check in daily during the bubble period for temperature checks and to confirm you are following bubble protocols. Guests who test negative after the second test at the end of the 14-day bubble period will be cleared to exit the bubble and can roam the island freely and rent a car.
First fly into one of the Caribbean’s international gateways listed in the table below.
TIP: Most travelers will find flying into St. Maarten the fastest and most economical destination, so type in SXM as the airport code destination for your first flight. Then book another separate flight through a local carrier that departs from SXM to AXA. You’ll save money, have more flights to choose from, and will avoid delays. Spend less time at the airport and more time on the beach! Visit the St. Martin Tourist Board for detailed flight information>
Arriving by Your Own Private Plane
Private planes may land at the Anguilla airport (AXA), but there are size restrictions. Our concierge Michelle can assist you with planning, or you can contact the Clayton J. Llloyd International Airport for more information.
Airports and Airlines
Flight Time to Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd Airport (AXA)
Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
Anguilla Air Services
With Anguilla Air Services’ VIP service, you can skip St. Maarten customs and recheck your bags through to Anguilla from the airline’s in-airport Transfer Desk.
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
Rainbow International Airlines
Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport (RLB)
Depends on Stops
Anguilla Air Services (Charter)
VC Bird International Airport (ANU)
You can get to Anguilla by sea from our neighbor island St. Maarten/St. Martin via scheduled public ferry (currently not available due to COVID-19 protocols) from the island’s French side (St. Martin) or by private or semi-private charter ferry or boat from the Dutch side (St. Maarten). Many visitors prefer this option over flying into Anguilla as it is usually more economical and offers a wider choice of departure times.
Anguilla Public Ferry (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)The reliable public ferry runs daily between Marigot Port on St. Martin (the French side) and Anguilla’s Blowing Point Ferry Terminal every 45 minutes. The one-way trip takes approximately 25 minutes. Your name must be on the ferry manifest at least 15 minutes before the ferry departs, but advance reservations are not required.
Getting to the Public Ferry from the St. Maarten Airport
From the Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten (the Dutch side) take a 25-minute taxi ride to Marigot Port on St. Martin (the French side).
Public Ferry Schedule
Please confirm the current ferry schedules with the Ferry Terminal.
Departing St. Martin’s Marigot Port Every 45 Minutes:
- First Ferry: 8:10 am local time daily
- Last Ferry: 7 pm
Departing Anguilla’s Blowing Point Ferry Terminal Every 45 Minutes:
- First Ferry: 7:30 am local time daily
- Last Ferry: 6:15 pm
Fares are one-way.
There is also a US departure tax per person 12 years and older from Anguilla to St. Martin (at the time of your final departure) and a $US departure tax per person 12 years and older from St. Martin to Anguilla.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Private or Charter BoatAs an alternative to the public ferry, you can take a private or semi-private shuttle or charter boat (often called ferries when used for scheduled crossings) which you book in advance. Charter ferries and boats have higher per-person fares, but may be more affordable for larger groups who can book the entire boat. They also offer more flexible schedules, earlier and later crossings and depart from the convenient St. Maarten dock just three minutes from the airport on the Dutch side. Most companies will meet you at the airport and escort you to the pier.
Fares vary based on time of day and number of people in your party, but this method of transportation may be more economical for larger groups, or if you need early morning or late evening service.
Reserving the entire boat costs $400 or more one-way, but you can control the schedule. Shared semi-private charters range from $50 to $65 per person one-way, but have a set schedule. However, if another party is delayed, you may find yourself waiting for the other travelers before heading out.
TIP: Booking a round-trip fare can save you money, so be sure to ask about discounts.
Getting to the Charter Boat from the Airport
These companies offer airport transfer service between St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport and Anguilla’s Blowing Point Terminal. Our concierge is happy to assist you with arrangements or you can contact the charter companies directly for current pricing, schedules and booking.
Who to Contact
Start with our concierge as advance reservations are required and she can advise approved vendors providing service under the current health and safety protocols.
Company Notes Phone GB Express Scheduled daily service (264) 235-6205
Offers discounts for round-trip fares
firstname.lastname@example.org Times vary
Offers 10 pm night charter to Anguilla
email@example.com Public ferry that can be chartered privately (264) 476-0975
firstname.lastname@example.org Calypso Offers early morning departures (264) 584-8504 email@example.com
A valid passport with at least six months before expiration, as well a return or onward ticket(s) are required for all visitors.
For visa information, please contact the Anguilla Department of Immigration.
NEW MANDATORY PRE-APPROVAL FOR ENTRY & PRE-TRAVEL AND ON ISLAND TESTING AND BUBBLE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE. Details on the Anguilla Tourist Board website.
Customs & Immigration
All persons traveling to and from Anguilla must clear Customs and Immigration at either Blowing Point Ferry Terminal or at Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport.
If you are arriving by private boat, you must contact and clear Customs and Immigration at Sandy Ground. The facility is open from 8:30 am to Noon and then again from 1 pm to 4 pm. For communications with the Sandy Ground Customs and Immigration port, please tune into VHF channel 16.
Be sure to bring your passport with you on any day trips to neighboring islands.
For more information contact the Anguilla Department of Customs.
Pets & Service Animals
Contact the Anguilla Agricultural Department for information on importation.
Tourist Departure Tax
There is a US departure tax per person 12 years and older from Anguilla to St. Martin/St. Maarten and a US departure tax per person 12 years and older from St. Martin/St. Maarten to Anguilla.
Taxes are subject to change without notice.