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Turks and Caicos Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Turks and Caicos is open for tourism. There's no quarantine on arrival.

A Travel Authorization is required. You need a COVID-19 test, taken no more than 3 days before arrival, and travel insurance.

Local COVID-19 testing is widely available. Many hotels offer free tests for guests.

Visiting Requirements

Update 11 October 2021: The list of accepted vaccines for entry into the Turks and Caicos has been updated to include Sinopharm (BBIP-CorV (Vero Cells)) and Sinovac (CoronaVac). See below for the complete list.

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

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 16 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 10 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.

For queries, please email authorisation@turksandcaicostourism.com or call
+1 (649) 232-7233, +1 (649) 232-5900, or +1 (649) 232-4484.

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 31 October 2021. This applies to all persons over the age of 2 years. Persons not wearing a mask in a public place are subject to a $550 fine.
  • There is an 1 AM - 5 AM curfew on all islands until 31 October 2021.
  • Businesses must close at 12 AM (midnight) on all islands until 31 October 2021.
  • There are no restrictions on inter-island travel.
  • Restaurants and bars are open (restricted to 50% normal capacity).
  • Persons must be fully-vaccinated in order to enter a bar or club. Persons must provide Government-issued ID (which must include a photo, name, date of birth, and holographic mark) along with presenting proof of vaccination (such as their vaccination card). There is no exception to this rule and persons must have this information ready to present to a police officer on spot check to avoid a fine and prosecution. This information will be logged by owners of establishments and provided to the Government on a weekly basis.

What does fully-vaccinated mean?

Fully-vaccinated means 14 days after receiving the second dose of an approved vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Sinopharm/BBIP-CorV/Vero Cells, and Sinovac/CoronaVac). In the case of the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine, this is 14 days after receipt of the single dose.

You must have received your second dose (or single dose in the case of Johnson and Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival or entry will be denied.

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of vaccination is either a digital or paper record uploaded to the TCI Assured Portal. Acceptable forms are:

  • E-certificate/digital certificate (such as those from CVS, Walgreens, or the NHS).
  • Certification issued by a doctor or government entity.
  • Vaccination cards/certificates accepted by national authorities.
  • A letter signed by a medical professional (physician or registered nurse) on official letterhead with contact details. Doctor's registration or license numer should be included with details of the first and second dose (date, country and vaccine you received).
  • Authorized government entity record or printed record from an electronic vaccination database.

Exemptions to Mandatory Vaccination

The following persons are excempt from requiring a vaccine:

  • Visitors under the age 16 (visitors age 10-15 must still provide a negative COVID-19 test, along with all other travelers).
  • Visitors who are not able to take a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical reasons. However, written and signed proof from a medical professional clearly stating that they are medically exempted from taking the vaccine must be submitted to the online TCI Assured Portal. The reason must be clearly stated and will be reviewed by the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health. If an exemption is granted to the individual, note that these persons will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Crew members of a cargo/commercial aircraft or cargo ship arriving for work and expected to remain for less than 24 hours.
  • Crew members of air ambulances, which includes any medical personnel on board.
  • Persons offering to provide emergency aid in times of crisis.
  • Persons who have written permission from the Chief Medical Officer.
  • Persons who are in-transit at the airport, or for purposes of connecting flights.

Please note that there are no exemptions to the vaccination requirement for religious reasons.

Details on the COVID-19 Test Required for Entry

You need a COVID-19 test to enter the Turks and Caicos. You must take the test no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands. Acceptable test types are:

  • Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (RT-PCR).
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification tests (NAA).
  • RNA or molecular tests.
  • Antigen tests completed via nasopharyngeal swab.

The laboratory which processes your test must be accredited. The certificate from the laboratory which conducted the test should include the following:

  • Name (must be same on the TCI Assured application and test result)
  • Date of birth (must be same on the TCI Assured application and test result)
  • Laboratory name and contact details
  • Indication of laboratory credentials (CLIA, ISO 15189)
  • Date and time of sample collection
  • Type of test
  • Type of sample
  • Test result

Notes:

  • For PCR tests: Only results from oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal samples are accepted.
  • For Antigen tests: Only results from nasopharyngeal samples are accepted.
  • Self-administered home tests are not accepted.
  • Antibody tests are not accepted.

Details on the Required Travel Insurance

Important: The names of these companies are provided for your convenience and are not endorsed or approved by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands or the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. If you have any questions about the validity of a service/insurance offering for entry into the Turks and Caicos, you are advised to contact the TCI Assured team at authorisation@turksandcaicostourism.com.

You must have travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance. The following are TCI Assured suggested insurance providers:

  • Travelex
  • Seven Corners
  • TripMate
  • Aura
  • HTH World Wide
  • Allianz Global Assistance
  • Generali Insurance
  • Global Rescue
  • HDI Global
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insured International
  • Trawick
  • Arch RoamRight
  • Apex Travel Limited

FAQs

  • Do I need a COVID-19 test to enter? Yes, all travelers aged 10 and up need a COVID-19 test, taken at most 3 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 test in the Turks and Caicos? Yes, tests are widely available in the Turks and Caicos. Many hotels and resorts offer free testing, and for others it is $50 per person. 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, there is a curfew from 1 AM to 5 AM until 31 October 2021.
  • Are restaurants open? Yes, all restaurants and bars are permitted to operate (subject to the 12 AM (midnight) closing time until 31 October 2021).
  • 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.

Current COVID-19 Statistics

Daily case count last updated 17 October 2021. The numbers in parentheses are the increase/decrease on the previous day.

Total number of COVID-19 cases: 2,925 (+1)

Current number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients: 1 (+0)

Number of COVID-19 related deaths: 23 (+0)

Cumulative COVID-19 Cases in Turks and Caicos

Questions

Please direct any questions regarding testing, insurance, and entry to authorisation@turksandcaicostourism.com or call
+1 (649) 232-7233, +1 (649) 232-5900, or +1 (649) 232-4484

Where to get a local 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.

COVID-19 Status and Updates

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.

No Lockdown or Quarantine

There is no lockdown in the Turks and Caicos. There is a curfew from 1 AM to 5 AM until 31 October 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).

Resort and Hotel Openings

Most hotels and resorts are open. 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 normal stock.

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. 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.

Large Events Are Prohibited

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.

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