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June 22, 2020

Updated May 1st 2022

Update 25 April 2022: Changes are being made to entry requirements, effective 1 May 2022:

  • A negative COVID-19 test and insurance will no longer be required.
  • Travel authorization via the TCI Assured portal will no longer be required.
  • Face masks will no longer be required.
  • All visitors aged 18 and over must still be fully-vaccinated to enter the Turks and Caicos.

You need a TCI Assured Travel Authorization to board your flight. This is a free authorization and you apply online. You’ll need:

  • All visitors 18 years of age and over must be fully-vaccinated (see below for details). This is in addition to all other requirements.
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (see below for acceptable types). The test must be taken within 3 days prior to travel in the islands. Children under 2 are exempted from this requirement.
  • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, air ambulance and quarantine. Visitors are fully responsible for the cost of quarantine in the event they test positive during their stay.
  • Completed online health screening questionnaire (part of the TCI Assured free online travel authorization).

Once granted entry, no further COVID-19 tests are required and visitors are permitted to stay for 90 days (extendable for an additional 90 days). There is no mobile tracking app or daily health checks (as in some other Caribbean countries). Visitors are free to travel throughout Providenciales and the rest of the Turks and Caicos without restrictions during their stay

send an email to info@hauteretreats.com for more details

Updated January 28th 2022 

As of the 28th  January 2022, all visitors and unvaccinated returning residents 2 years of age and older will require proof of a negative COVID test within three days of travel.

The TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal is available by clicking here

  1. The portal has a link for visitors/tourists as well as residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The travel authorization form should be presented at the time of check-in to the appropriate airline.
  2. Persons without an authorization slip either physical or e copy will not be able to travel to the islands.
  3. Once a passenger registers at the Authorization Portal and completes the registration process as outlined, a travel authorization notification will be given to the email address registered with. Airlines will not be able to board passengers without this authorization.

We look forward to welcoming you to our ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands.21

Please visit our selection of Luxury Villas in Turks and Caicos at Turks and Caicos Villas | Haute Retreats

Updated September 9th 2021

Turks and Caicos’ new vaccination rules have officially taken effect, headlined by a new vaccination requirement for incoming travelers.

The British Overseas Territory is now requiring all visitors 16 and over to show proof of full vaccination in order to be granted entry into the destination.

All visitors additionally need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken and received within three days before arrival to Turks and Caicos.

Tralvers also need proof medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs, full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance/medevac and quarantine.

All travelers need to fill out a health screening questionnaire and submit a Travel Authorization Form. https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/

Visitors who are unable to take a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical reasons will be exempt from showing proof of vaccination; however, they need written and signed proof from a medical professional stating the exemption, which will be reviewed by the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health.

The move is part of an increasing trend toward vaccination requirements across the Caribbean. Turks and Caicos joins destinations that have enacted similar measures, including St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla.

What to do when returning to the U.S., Canada or the UK

Returning to the U.S.: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new Order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.
U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight’s departure.

U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Returning to Canada:  

As of October 30, all travelers over 12 years old departing and returning to Canada must be fully vaccinated. For their return to Canada, they must show a negative Covid-19 test. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult and show a negative test to return to Canada. Additionally, they must take a Covid test 8 days after their return home. Children under 5 years old are exempt. The test required must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada and can only be one of the following tests:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

All travelers must complete the ArriveCAN travel authorization within 72 hours prior to their travel to Canada.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html

Returning to the UK: 

All fully vaccinated travelers will be required to complete a Passenger Locator form https://provide-journey-contact-details.homeoffice.gov.uk/passengerLocatorFormUserAccountHolderQuestion to be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK. Additionally, they must organize a Covid-19 test on day 2 after returning to the UK. They will need to enter their Covid-19 test reference numbers on their Passenger Locator form. Resident children under 4 years old do not have to take the COVID-19 travel test.

Resident children between 5-17 years old do not have to take the COVID-19 travel test but they do have to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 after their arrival into the UK.

If travelers are not fully vaccinated, they will need to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure, organize a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival into the UK. Additionally, they must complete a Passenger Locator Form. On arrival, they will need to quarantine at home for 10 days.

Updated August 15th 2021

The Turks and Caicos Government has published entry requirements. All travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to apply for TCI Travel Authorization through the TCI Assured Portal at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/.

What to Expect

  • A Daily curfew introduced for ALL ISLANDS from 1am – 5am effective 1st July 2021 unless otherwise stated.
  • All businesses on all Islands to be closed by 12am
  • Restaurants and bars are to be limited to 70% of normal capacity both indoors and outdoors for sit down only. Bars 50% capacity for indoor bars and 70% capacity for outdoor bars. Persons can now sit at bars, advising as of best practice to know who you are sitting next to.
  • There are no restrictions on inter-island travel.
  • A business establishment shall indicate its capacity by a sign posted outside the entrance to the building, having regard to social distancing requirements.
  • Capacity shall be calculated to comply with physical distancing requirements and other applicable regulations.”.
  • Pleasure craft to be limited to 70% of normal capacity for excursions.
  • As of July 1st, Churches can operate at 70% capacity
  • As of July 1st, the new measures allow 100 persons for social gatherings
  • Mandatory Face coverings must be worn in public areas but is not required on the beach

1. COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Prior to Wednesday, September 1, 2021 all incoming guests, must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, NAA, RNA or Antigen test result from a test taken within three days (72 hours) of travel.

As of September 1, 2021, all visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands will have to upload to the TCI Assured Portal- proof of being fully vaccinated and a negative COVID 19 PCR or Antigen test taken within three days (72 hours) of arrival. Fully Vaccinated visitors are those visitors who would have had both COVID 19 Vaccination shots. The second shot would have to have been taken 14 days prior to arrival. If a visitor took the Johnson and Johnson single shot then that shot would have had to have been taken 14 days or two weeks prior to arrival.

Accepted Vaccinations – Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

2. INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government requires proof of Medical/ Travel insurance that covers; in-country COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions along with air ambulance coverage. A guest is made subject to quarantine or hospitalization shall bear the costs of all treatment received and the costs for accommodation and board.

You may find this suggested medical coverage plan helpful: https://www.auraassistance.com/

July 23rd 2021 (updated)

All travelers now need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken and received within three days before travel.

The new rules take effect on July 28, 2021.

It’s a change from the earlier requirement of five days.

June 24th 2021 (updated)

Update 24 June 2021: The Turks and Caicos will be added to the UK’s Green List of countries effective 30 June 2021 at 4 AM GMT.

Update 7 June 2021: The Turks and Caicos is now ranked as Level 1 (Low Level of COVID-19) by the CDC.

You need a TCI Assured Travel Authorization to board your flight. This is a free authorization and you apply online. You’ll need:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days prior to travel in the islands. Children under 10 are exempted from this requirement. You need a COVID-19 PCR test to enter the Turks and Caicos. You must take the test no more than 5 days prior to arrival in the islands. Antigen LFD tests are not accepted for entry into the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance.
  • Completed online health screening questionnaire (part of the TCI Assured free online travel authorization).

Once granted entry, no further COVID-19 tests are required and visitors are permitted to stay for 90 days (extendable for an additional 90 days). There is no mobile tracking app or daily health checks (as in some other Caribbean countries). Visitors are free to travel throughout Providenciales and the rest of the Turks and Caicos without restrictions during their stay.

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

The Turks and Caicos is open for tourism. There are a few COVID-19 public safety restrictions in place:

  • Masks are required in all public places until 30 June 2021.
  • There is an 11 PM – 5 AM curfew on all islands until 30 June 2021.
  • Businesses must close at 10 PM on all islands until 30 June 2021.
  • There are no restrictions on inter-island travel.
  • Restaurants and bars are open (restricted to 30% normal capacity).

 

February 7th 2021

Turks and Caicos has expanded its testing capacity for travelers who need to meet the CDC’s new requirements.

The destination says it has “exponentially increased” its testing facilities in response to the new CDC order, which requires all travelers returning to the United States to show proof of a negative test taken and received within 72 hours before boarding their flight home.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands’ addition of new testing sites makes it easy and convenient for travelers to abide by the CDC’s new rule without disrupting their vacations,” said Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands. “We are proud to meet the latest requirements, in conjunction with our valued partners, to ensure the ongoing safety of our residents and guests along with a seamless travel experience.”

Turks and Caicos has now set up 12 different testing sites across the country, including sites in Providenciales, South Caicos and Parrot Cay.

There is also the possibility to have testing in the villas.

They range from resorts like Amanyara and the Grace Bay Club to pharmacies and medical clinics.

All travelers to Turks and Caicos need to show proof of a negative test result within five days prior to arrival in the destination.

July 22nd 2020 Update

Premier Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson announced Turks and Caicos will begin welcoming visitors starting on July 22nd 2020. “We are eager and excited to reopen our borders and safely welcome travelers back to the picturesque Turks and Caicos Islands later this summer,” said Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. “Our intention is to cautiously reboot the tourism sector, laying the foundation for short- and long-term recovery.”

See the article below for specifics on what to expect when vacationing in Turks and Caicos for the next couple of months, what restaurants are open, and what’s the best way to get there.  You can also contact one of Haute Retreats directly at info@hauteretreats.com . This page is updated daily.

 

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When Can I travel to Turks and Caicos?

Yo can travel to Turks and Caicos starting Wednesday July 22nd 2020. The following conditions will apply to travelers who want to vacation in Turks and Caicos.

Right now who returns to Turks and Caicos has to follow screening requirements:

    • answer questions about his health or other relevant circumstances (including travel history and information about other individuals with whom he may have had contact);
    • produce any documents which may assist a medical officer or nurse in assessing his health;
    • at such time as a medical officer or nurse may specify, to allow the medical officer or nurse to take a biological sample of the person, including a sample of his respiratory secretions or blood, by appropriate means including by swabbing his nasopharyngeal cavity, or phlebotomy to provide such a sample; and
    • provide sufficient information to enable the person to be contacted immediately by a medical officer or nurse during such period as a medical officer or nurse may specify, where the medical officer or nurse considers that such provision of information is necessary in order to reduce or remove the risk of the person infecting or contaminating

The new protocols starting July 22nd will be released during the next couple of weeks.

Wearing Masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, every person shall wear a face mask or face covering, covering his nose and mouth, when in a public place, until 31 December.

Going to the beach, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and other open-air businesses is currently permitted.

Which airlines are flying to Turks and Caicos?

American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United, Delta, will resume flights from different locations in USA to PLS International Airport starting July 22nd. Air Canada will have flights resumed from Montreal starting July 23rd 2020 and also from Toronto.

Please contact us if you would like to receive an update with info@hauteretreats.com

Private Charter Airports in Turks & Caicos

  • Providenciales Intl, Providenciales, Caicos (MBPV, PLS)
  • McCartney Intl Airport, Grand Turk Island, Turks (MBGT, GDT)
  • South Caicos Airport, South Caicos, Caicos (MBSC, XSC)
  • Salt Cay Airport, Salt Cay, Turks (MBSY, SLX)

Are the villas ready to accommodate my stay?

Yes, as of July 22nd you will be able to make reservations in most villas for travel the next months, excepted the villas under renovation. Our professional team in Turks and Caicos is aware of the new health authority guidelines and the housekeeping team are also following the new protocol. We offer on the island 95 villas that we selected. For more details about the villas in Turks and Caicos contact Haute Retreats or start your search here. Or please email info@hauteretreats.com or call toll free from USA and Canada 1.888.279.6444 , 24/7 + 39 333 206 5514 .

Other coronavirus updates from Turks and Caicos:

  • There has been minimal changes in its covid-19 situation last update June 21st. There are two new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases to 14.
  • Turks and Caicos is open for business. You can freely move about beaches and shops. Visitors are asked to practice responsible behavior including social distancing and wearing a mask when entering an enclosed public building like the airport, or a store or shop;
  • hotels, dine in restaurants, casinos, bars and discos, gyms, spas and fitness will reopen on July 6th 2020;
  • concierge services, retail businesses, and real estate businesses resumed operations on June 5th 2020
  • the seaport will resume operations starting August 31st.

For more news updates travel during covid-19, countries with a coronavirus travel ban, and the latest information coronavirus travel restrictions, please see this related article:

Updated July 17th 2020

In consideration of testing availability across the country, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within five days of travel, rather than the previous requirement of a test to be taken within three days of travel. Children under the age of 10 years old are not required to be tested.  Additionally, travelers must have medical / travel insurance that covers medevac (insurance companies providing the prerequisite insurance will also be available on the portal), a completed health screening questionnaire, and certification that they have read and agreed to the privacy policy document.  These requirements must be complete and uploaded to the TCI Assured portal, which will be available on the Turk and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website (www.turksandcaicostourism), in advance of their arrival.

Once travelers register on the TCI Assured portal and complete the requirements as outlined, a travel authorization notification will be given. The TCI Assured travel authorization should be presented at the time of check-in to the appropriate airline; airlines will not be able to board passengers without this authorization.

 

 

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