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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.

Read more about TCI Assured →

Go to the TCI Assured Portal (apply for authorization) →

Information on local testing for returning guests →

Turks and Caicos is Open For Tourism

Half Moon Bay in the Turks and Caicos
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.

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.

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 covid19@gov.tc or call
+1 (649) 232-7233, +1 (649) 232-5900, or +1 (649) 232-4484

  • The Providenciales Airport is open for international tourism and passenger travel.
  • 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.

FAQs

  • 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

Questions

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

Where to get a local Turks and Caicos COVID-19 test?

There are three labs in the Turks and Caicos which offer COVID-19 testing. ACCU Diagnostics offers the RT-PCR test and can provide results in as little as a few hours.

Several hotels and resorts offer on-site antigen testing, and antigen tests are available for non-guests for $50 per person at many resort testing locations.

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

The curfew has been reimposed on all islands from 9 PM to 5 AM until 3 March 2021.

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

The Providenciales International Airport Is Open

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.

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).

Restrictions on Hospital Visits

There are restrictions in place for some visitors to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and Cockburn Town Medical Centre, 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

perfect beach and ocean at Leeward Beach on Providenciales
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.

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.

Car rental is widely available and unaffected in the Turks and Caicos.

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.

remote sand bar in the Turks and Caicos
Secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos.