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).
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.
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.