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I visited the island for the first time today in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Later my sister (a resident in my town) went to the dock, but Kapp'n wasn't there. Are there restrictions on who may go to the island, or is it only one trip a day?

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It's definitely not only one trip a day, as I've gone several times in one day. –  FAE Jun 14 '13 at 11:04
    
Is your sister a resident of the same town you're mayor of or did she connect to you through local WiFi to try to go? Maybe the requirements are different between local and WiFi players who attempt to visit. –  FAE Jun 15 '13 at 9:38
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Ok, this is the exact requirements:

  1. Get your house built.
  2. Pay off your mortgage.
  3. Wait a day for Tortimer to show up and give you the invite to the island.
  4. The day after that you can go to the island.
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After paying off the first dues of the campsite to an upgraded constructed home, Isabelle will inform the player on the following day that the previous Mayor will want to present himself after a long retirement. Tortimer will address the PC Villager that he in-list your name on the roster for Kappn's boat ride.

There are also restrictions on who may come in from Wi-Fi, being only friends or those with your code added. This outlook changes once you become a pledged member of CLUB TORTIMER sold in-store at the island at times presented by the shop.

Each round about trip costs 1000 bells and consists of this single charge, allowing anyone from a Wi-Fi group to ride for free. Once one wants to travel back the requirements are all characters must go back to their seatings to deploy back to town.

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You may only go to the island if you've paid off your 'mortgage' to Nook.

More information here.

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I hadn't paid my mortgage off and was able to go to a friend's island. –  Fluttershy Jun 14 '13 at 14:55
    
Hmmm. Maybe the source is flawed. Could you access your own island as well, or only your friend's? –  Scyoni Jun 15 '13 at 0:31
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Only my friend's. I don't even have the island unlocked in my town. She talked to Kapp'n, paid the fare, and I rode with. –  Fluttershy Jun 15 '13 at 1:34
    
Don't just link to something on SE. Explain it. –  Hiroto Jul 7 '13 at 18:30
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