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Turks and Caicos Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

All travelers to the Turks and Caicos must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal.

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Airport is Open

queue spacing at a supermarket in the Turks and Caicos to reduce transmission of COVID-19
To reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), grocery stores in the Turks and Caicos limit the number of persons in-store and maintain queue spacing.

Borders are open. U.S. Citizens and residents are welcome to visit.

  • The Providenciales Airport is open for international tourism and passenger travel.
  • The Grand Turk Cruise Center is closed until 1 January 2021. Opening is subject to Ministry of Health recommendations and guidance from CDC.
  • As of 23 November 2020, there have been 746 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Turks and Caicos (of which 1 is in hospital care). The total number of deaths is 6. Results are typically updated between 7 PM and 10 PM daily.
  • Masks are required in all public places until 31 December 2020 (this is subject to review).
  • A nightly curfew has been reimposed until 30 November 2020, from 12 AM (midnight) to 5 AM.
  • Until 30 November 2020, all businesses (including restaurants) must close at 11 PM daily.
  • All travelers must obtain pre-authorization via the TCI Assured portal.
  • Inter-island travel, including for tourism purposes, is now permitted (no travel authorization is needed).
  • For queries, please contact the Ministry of Health at covid19@gov.tc

Cumulative COVID-19 Cases in Turks and Caicos

Visiting Requirements: TCI Assured Online Certification

The Government has launched TCI Assured, an online portal where international travelers to the Turks and Caicos are required to provide the following prior to travel:

  • 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.
  • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Completed online health screening questionnaire.

Questions

Please direct any questions regarding testing, insurance, and entry to covid19@gov.tc.

Inter-island Travel

Travel between islands, including for tourism purposes, is now permitted. Local domestic inter-island travel no longer requires the online authorization.

Flights

The airport is open (opened 22 July 2020). For more information and route information, contact your airline or travel agent.

Lockdown and Curfew

There is a curfew until 30 November 2020, from 12 AM (midnight) to 5 AM. This applies to all islands.

The beaches and snorkeling reefs in the Turks and Caicos are open

Half Moon Bay in the Turks and Caicos
The beautiful Half Moon Bay beach and lagoon near Providenciales.

The Providenciales International Airport Is Opens

The Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is open for international passenger travel (along with all other airports in the country).

Travel Ban Lifted

The flight ban has been lifted and the airport is open.

You can see a flight tracker on Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

Resort and Hotel Openings

Please contact properties directly as different resorts and hotels have different reopening dates.

The construction of the Ritz-Carlton on Grace Bay has been ongoing throughout much of the year.

Grocery Stores Are Open

Grocery stores on Providenciales are open with good stock. At busy times, typically only around the end of the day, customers are being asked to wait outside to limit the number of persons in a store at any time.

Some cleaning products, such as hand-santizers and disinfectant wipes have sold out or are low, but food remains well stocked.

Cruise Ships to Grand Turk Are Currently Banned

On 16 March 2020, the Premier announced that all cruise ships would be banned for a period of 30 days, which was later extended until 1 January 2021. This is subject to review. This affects the Grand Turk Cruise Center (the only cruise port in the country).

All Schools in Turks and Caicos have closed from 20 March 2020.

All schools on all islands have closed from 20 March 2020. This is subject to review and further updates from the Ministry of Education.

Restrictions on Hospital Visits

There are restrictions in place for some visitors to the National Hospital (Providenciales) and National Hospital (Grand Turk), to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable persons. Please contact the Ministry of Health and the Hospital directly for up to date information.

Restaurants in the Turks and Caicos are Open

perfect beach and ocean at Leeward Beach on Providenciales
The vibrant and beautiful Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

Restaurants have reopened. There is a limit of 30% of capacity until 2 November 2020.

Large events have been cancelled, including the weekly Thursday Fish Fry.

On 16 March 2020, the Premier announced that all Government hosted and sponsored events were cancelled until further notice. This includes the Thursday night Fish Fry and other athletic events.

Private chefs and catering services are still operating.

Things to Do, Attractions, and Activities

Most boat charters, sunset cruises, water sports, the golf course, spas, and family and wedding photographers are open. Historical and natural attractions that require an entrance fee are typically open via appointment.

COVID-19 Emergency Legislation

On 10 March 2020, the Government passed emergency legislation to allow for quarantine, notification, and restricting travel.

Full text of the regulations can be found here.

Financial Impact to the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Government has announced an emergency budget which will draw upon the Contingency Fund and other sources (such as the National Wealth Fund and reprioritization of capital expenditures) to address the expected financial shortfall due to the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The Government has announced a stimulus package which includes a variety of cash grants, waivers, and reductions on tariffs and stamp duties. For example, hospitality workers are eligible to receive a one-off $1,200 cash grant. Micro, small, and medium businesses are eligible for grants of $2,000, $3,500, and $5,000. Stamp duty rates have been reduced by 50%.

  • Hospitality (hotel, watersports, transportation, etc) are eligible to receive a one-off payment of $1,200.
  • Self-employed persons are eligible to receive a one-off payment of $1,200, if they are a British Overseas Territories Citizen (Turks and Caicos Citizenship).
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) are eligible for cash grants of up to $5,000, if the majority of the business is held by persons with Turks and Caicos Islander Status.
  • Social Enhancement Aid Stimulus - up to $200 per month for up to 3 months.

To apply for relief, contact the Ministry of Finance for application forms.

Please note that legal citizens of the Turks and Caicos (holding Turks and Caicos passports) are excluded from some of the Government's relief programs outlined above, as they require that persons hold Turks and Caicos Islander Status. For more information about eligibility and details on the various programs, please contact the Ministry of Finance.

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Secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos.
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