Anguilla has suspended repatriation of nationals from countries with more than two percent of active cases of COVID-19.
The Executive Council said while almost 200 people have been repatriated to date without incident, the significant increase in cases in the Americas, has prompted this decision.
In a release, the Council said the decision was driven by the need to protect the health of the nation.
The suspension is effective immediately and will remain in place until July 25 at the earliest.
Anguilla’s borders will remain closed for passenger movements until at least July 30 except for medical emergencies and evacuations with the approval of the Chief Medical Officer and those wishing to leave Anguilla on flights/boats to approved destinations.
The Executive Council advised that persons who have registered on the COVID-19 website but not yet approved to travel should shelter in place until further notice.
The Council also said that the suspension does not impact those already approved to be repatriated. It also does not impact repatriation from certain Caribbean and European countries with low percentages of active COVID-19 cases. A list of these countries will be published on the beatcovid19 website.
The Council said the greatest threat to the island’s health and security is from illegal boat landings and urged citizens to be vigilant.
“Coordinated land, sea and air patrols remain in place and anyone attempting or assisting an illegal crossing will be arrested. We thank you all for your vigilance in reporting any boat movements,” the Council said.