Staying Healthy in Anguilla

Medical facilities on the island are limited, but health risks are few and often preventable

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Visiting a foreign country exposes travelers to new environments and potential new health concerns. Travelers should keep in mind a few medical tips to stay healthy while vacationing on the alluring island of Anguilla.

If you are traveling to Anguilla with prescription medication, make sure to keep the medication in their original, clearly marked container, packed alongside a prescription slip and note from your physician detailing the condition which causes you to depend upon the medication. This will make it clear the customs officials that you need the medicine, and prevent them from confiscating the drugs. 


One of the main safety concerns while vacationing on Anguilla is overexposure to the elements. Spending time on the island's beautiful beaches can make for a wonderful time, but can also cause serious health problems if you're not careful. Here are a few tips to make having fun in the sun safe:

  • Always remember to wear adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the scorching sun's harmful rays. Also consider wearing sunglasses, hats, and protective coverings to beat back the sun.

  • To avoid overheating, dehydration, and sun stroke, remember to drink plenty of liquids, especially water.

Probably one of the most unexpected dangers on the island lies in the form of a tree. The poisonous manchineel tree is sometimes found on Anguilla's beaches, and tourist should avoid touching this hazardous plant. Mosquitoes and other bugs can be a pesky nuisance and a danger to your health. Avoid nasty bug bites by using bug spray and wearing long clothing when spending time outdoors.

Travelers aren't required to receive specific vaccinations prior to visiting the island, but they should be up to date on their routine immunizations, as well Hepatitis A and B.

Travelers should check with their insurance providers to find out if they'll be covered overseas. Anguilla has only one major hospital, so any major medical issues will probably require evacuation, which may or may not be covered under your policy. Medical evacuation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, so its always a good idea to find out what your insurance company covers. Consider purchasing travel insurance to supplement your coverage. Also, don't forget to bring a copy of your insurance ID card, claims forms, and other relevant insurance documents.

If you need emergency medical attention, you can go to Anguilla's Princess Alexandra College, which is located in Sandy Ground. Anguilla also has clinics in major settlements, and ambulance and emergency room service around the clock. For emergencies, dial "911" from anywhere on the island.

For any other small incidents, it is wise to have a Travel Medical Kit at your disposal.  This should include the following items:

  • Painkillers including acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen;
  • Antihistamines;
  • Topical disinfectant;
  • Antacids;
  • Rubbing alcohol;
  • Bandages;
  • Thermometer.

Though a medical emergency is not likely to occur during your Anguilla vacation, it is always best to arrive knowledgeable of any possible health concerns and prepared to handle anything. 


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