The beautiful Half Moon Bay beach and lagoon near Providenciales.
The Turks and Caicos is open for tourism.
Persons arriving in the Turks and Caicos are not required to quarantine.
Rapid tests that meet CDC advisements for entry to the US are widely available throughout Providenciales and in the Grace Bay area, typically for $50. Some resorts and accommodations offer free testing for their guests.
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.
Turks and Caicos COVID-19 News and Updates
Update 16 February 2021: There is a curfew from 9 PM until 5 AM nightly until 3 March 2021. Businesses must close at 8 PM. This applies to all islands. Restrictions on restaurants have not been changed and the previous restrictions (no dine-in service at independent restaurants) remain. Regarding restaurants (unchanged from last week):
Independent restaurants are required to close at 5 PM daily per Government mandate, and can only offer curbside take-out and delivery during the day. No dine-in service is allowed at non-hotel/resort restaurants. The Government will review this the week of 22 February 2021 and may issue new guidelines.
Restaurants at hotels and resorts can remain open for guests of the hotel and resort (including dine-in service).
Update 5 February 2021: Approximately 13.7% of the Turks and Caicos population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least one dose). The UK is providing more doses of the Pfizer vaccine which, once administered, will see approximately 40% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19.
Update 25 January 2021: Capacity for local testing has rapidly increased to 40,000 COVID-19 tests per month, far above the amount needed for visitors. More hotels and resorts are offering COVID-19 antigen testing, including for non-guests. See
Turks and Caicos Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing.
For queries, please email
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As of 27 February 2021, there have been 2,114 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Turks and Caicos (of which 8 are in hospital care). The total number of deaths is 14. Results are typically updated between 6 PM and 10 PM daily.
Masks are required in all public places until 31 March 2021.
The Government has imposed a curfew on all islands, from 9 PM until 5 AM, until 3 March 2021.
All businesses must close at 5 PM on all islands.
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).
No Lockdown or Quarantine - 9 PM Curfew In Effect Until 3 March
There is no lockdown in the Turks and Caicos, however there is a curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM until 3 March 2021. Most businesses are permitted to operate, however indepdendent restaurants and bars have been forced to close and can only offer curbside service. Restaurants at hotels and resorts can remain open for guests of the property. Businesses must close at 8 PM until 3 March 2021. There is no quarantine requirement for visitors (unless persons are showing symptoms upon arrival).
There are no restrictions on tourists traveling around Providenciales or visiting the family islands.
Do I need a COVID-19 test to enter? Yes, all travelers aged 10 and up need a COVID-19 PCR test, taken at most 5 days before arrival. See
TCI Assured for more information.
Are visitors tested upon arrival? No. It's possible that a visitor may be selected for a spot check, but as a rule there is no testing of visitors upon arrival in the country.
My country or state requires a COVID-19 test to return. Can I get a COVID-19 PCR test in the Turks and Caicos? Yes, three local labs offer testing. One of the labs can provide results in less than 24 hours. See the section below on Turks and Caicos COVID-19 testing locations.
Is there any quarantine requirement? No, there is no quarantine requirement for visitors (unless you are showing symptoms upon arrival).
Is there any followup COVID-19 test, such as at 5 days as in other Caribbean countries? No, there are no additional COVID-19 tests. Once you are granted entry, visitors are allowed to stay for 90 days (which can be renewed for another 90 days).
Is there any curfew? Yes, the Government has reimposed a curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM until 3 March 2021.
Are restaurants open? Until 3 March 2021 (subject to possible review), independent restaurants have been required to close and can only offer curbside service. Restaurants at hotels and resorts are permitted to serve guests of the property.
Are there restrictions on where tourists can travel? No, there are no restrictions on where tourists can visit.
Can I visit the family islands, including on a day trip? Yes, tourists can visit family islands. There is a temperature check at ports and airports, however no travel authorization is needed.
Are there any other special entry requirements? All visitors must have travel insurance. See
TCI Assured for more information.
Cumulative COVID-19 Cases in Turks and Caicos
Please direct any questions regarding testing, insurance, and entry to
Where to get a local Turks and Caicos COVID-19 test?
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.
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 31 January 2021. This is subject to review. This affects the
Grand Turk Cruise Center (the only cruise port in the country).
The vibrant and beautiful Leeward Beach, Providenciales.
Update 16 February 2021: Independent restaurants are closed and can only offer curbside service (takeout or delivery) until 3 March 2021. Restaurants at hotels and resorts are permitted to serve guests staying at the property.
Large events have been canceled, including the weekly Thursday Fish Fry.
On 16 March 2020, the Premier announced that all Government hosted and sponsored events were canceled until further notice. This includes the Thursday night Fish Fry and other athletic events.
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.