The Turks and Caicos Islands will reopen to visitors as of July 22 with new safety protocols in place.
Pamela Ewing, the director of tourism for Turks and Caicos, has revealed that they are taking every precaution to ensure that the islands are safe to enhance the visitor experience.
Several airlines will resume flight services from the US, Europe, and Canada once the islands open on July 22nd.
What Are the Travel Requirements for Tourists Visiting Turks and Caicos?
Turks and Caicos will reopen to all visitors regardless of the country of origin. All tourists are welcome to visit the islands for as long as they follow the entry requirements.
Here are the travel entry requirements for all tourists visiting Turks and Caicos:
TCI Assured Sticker
Starting July 22, all visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands must apply for a travel authorization for arrival from the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal. Once approved, a TCI Sticker will be issued, which grants the visitor entry to Turks and Caicos.
Documents and Tests
All visitors must submit some documents before the TCI Sticker will be issued. The following documents must be submitted:
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test result – the test must be taken within five days of departure.
- Medical/ Travel insurance – the insurance should cover medevac and any costs related to quarantine and hospital care.
- Health Screening Questionnaire – the questionnaire must be filled out.
Take note that travelers will not be allowed to board their flight without the TCI Sticker. Children 10 years old and below are exempted from these travel requirements.
What’s Opening in Turks and Caicos?
Currently, a curfew is in place, and masks must be worn in public. Many businesses have already opened, including hotels and resorts, private villas, restaurants, and bars, as well as tour operators. Restaurants are accepting dine-in but of limited capacity. New operational protocols for the airport, hotel, and restaurants will be in place to keep the citizens and visitors safe.
Some of the safety measures that were in place are health screenings, physical distancing, and mandatory use of masks or face coverings in public places. Furthermore, social gatherings are only limited to 25 people or less.
Cruise ships are still banned from Turks and Caicos. The Grand Turk Cruise Center will remain closed until Aug. 31, although this is still subject to guidance from relevant health officials.