Getting Through Customs in Anguilla

Abiding by customs and regulations can help you avoid travel delays

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Anguilla Customs

A vacation on the beautiful island of Anguilla should be a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Though you may want to head straight for the beach when you arrive, there a few processes that you must go through before gaining access to all of Anguilla's glory.

Going through island customs should not be a difficult ordeal for most travelers. By following a few basic guidelines, you can ensure a smooth arrival and departure from your vacation paradise.

For the most part, Anguilla's immigration and customs officers are friendly and helpful and can answer most travelers' questions. But keep in mind that these officers are there to enforce strict regulations and requirements on importing and exporting certain goods to and from the island. Anguilla's custom laws take effect as soon as you begin your travels to the island, so it is important to know what items can be brought into the country and what articles are prohibited. There are severe penalties for bringing contraband and restricted items to Anguilla, and persons who smuggle illegal drugs or other goods in excess of the island's allowance will face serious prosecution.


Visitors to the island can bring personal items into the country, including one quart of alcohol, one half pound of tobacco, foods, and already used clothing. Here are some other customs specifics to remember when traveling to Anguilla:

  • When arriving on Anguilla by private boat, travelers must clear Customs and Immigration located at Blowing Point or at Road Bay.

  • Pets are generally more comfortable in their home surroundings, and traveling may put them under a great deal of stress. But if you're going to bring your pet on vacation be sure to plan ahead. Six months prior to your planned vacation, contact the Agricultural Department at 264-497-2615 or the island veterinarian at 264-497-4600. Remember, only certain pets are allowed on Anguilla, and individual hotels may have their own restrictions.

  • If you love the island of Anguilla so much that you decide to relocate there, you should contact the Immigration Department at 264-497-2451.

Travelers returning from Anguilla will also have to clear customs of their home country. United States citizens may bring original artwork, antiques, up to 200 cigarettes, and up to 100 non-Cuban cigars duty-free. Additional U.S. customs regulations follow:

  • Travelers at least 21 years of age can bring back up to two liters of alcohol duty-free, as long as one liter of it was made in a CBI (Caribbean Basin Initiative) country.

  • If you have stayed on Anguilla for at least 48 hours, you can bring back up to $600(USD) in goods, as long as you haven't used this exemption in the past 30 days.

  • You can mail gifts back home, but must limit this to one package per addressee per day.

  • The contents of your package cannot contain tobacco, alcohol, or perfume worth more than $500(USD).

  • Mark mailed goods worth $100(USD) as "Unsolicited Gift" and "Consolidated Gift Package".

Because custom laws are subject to change, travelers are advised to contact their customs agencies to stay up-to-date on the current customs regulations.

Country Contact
United States U.S. Customs Service
Tel: 877-227-5511

United Kingdom HM Customs and Excise
Tel: 0-845-010-9000
Australia Australian Customs Service
Tel: 1300-363-263
+61 (2) 6275 6666
Canada Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
Tel: 800-461-9999
China Customs General Administration
Fax: 852-2542-3334
New Zealand New Zealand Customs Service
Toll Free: 0 (800) 4 CUSTOMS (428-786)
Fax: 9-359-6730
Sweden Swedish Customs
Tel: +46 (0) 771 23 23 23

Following customs guidelines will make your arrival and departure a simple process so you can enjoy the time of your life on Anguilla.


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