COUNTRY DESCRIPTION ^
Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean , part of the British West Indies. It is a small developing island.
While Anguilla 's crime rate is relatively low, both petty and violent crimes have been known to occur. Travelers should take common-sense precautions to ensure their personal security, such as avoiding carrying large amounts of cash or displaying expensive jewelry. Travelers should not leave valuables unattended in hotel rooms or on the beach. They should use hotel safety deposit facilities to safeguard valuables and travel documents.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES ^
While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Anguilla's laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Anguilla are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
MEDICAL FACILITIES ^
There is only one hospital on Anguilla , and medical facilities are limited. Serious problems requiring extensive care or major surgery may require evacuation to the United States , often at considerable expense.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ^
All Caribbean countries can be affected by hurricanes. The hurricane season normally runs from June to the end of November, but there have been hurricanes in December in recent years. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available via the Internet from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Anguilla is provided for general reference only, and it may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Poor
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Fair
Unlike the U.S., traffic in Anguilla moves on the left. The few urban roads are in good condition, but they are narrow. Although tow truck service is limited and inconsistent, local residents are often willing to provide roadside assistance.
For additional general information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, please see the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at
For specific information concerning Anguilla's driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, please contact the Anguilla National Tourist Organization offices in New York. The telephone number is 1 (516) 425-0900. You may also e-mail them at
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT ^
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Anguilla's Civil Aviation Authority as Category 2 - not in compliance with international aviation safety standards for the oversight of Anguilla's air carrier operations. While consultations to correct the deficiencies are ongoing, the Anguilla air carriers currently flying to the United States will be subject to heightened FAA surveillance. No additional flights or new service to the United States by Anguilla air carriers will be permitted unless they arrange to have the flights conducted by an air carrier from a country meeting international safety standards.
For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the United States at tel. 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. In addition, the DOD does not permit its personnel to use air carriers from Category 2 countries for official business except for flights originating from or terminating in the United States. Local exceptions may apply. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at tel. (618) 229-4801.
Please also refer to the separate
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.
January 16, 2004