Turks and Caicos COVID19 Update

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turks and caicos covid19

Airport Opened July 22 2020

Update 4:00pM 11 July 2020: The Government has revised the entry protocols, including increasing the time for COVID-19 tests from 72 hours to 5 days before arrival. Children aged 10 or under are excluded from the test requirement.

  • The Providenciales Airport opened 22 July 2020 for international passenger travel.
  • The Grand Turk Cruise Center opened 31 August 2020.
  • As of 10 July 2020, there are 56 active cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Turks and Caicos. The total number of cases which have been confirmed, including these 56 active cases, is 69. The total number of deaths is 2.
  • Masks are required in all public places until 31 December 2020 (this is subject to review).
  • The Government has announced that the TCI Assured online pre-travel authorization portal will be online by 15 July 2020. A link will be provided once available. Preliminary details can be viewed here
  • For queries, please contact the Ministry of Health at covid19@gov.tc

On 29 June 2020, the Government announced a series of restrictions in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases. These restrictions apply only to Providenciales.

In the week preceding 29 June 2020, 29 new cases were identified. Of these, 20 were asymptomatic (69%).

  • The 22 July 2020 opening date for the airport has not been changed and the airport is scheduled to open on that date.
  • A curfew has been reimposed until 20 July 2020, from 8 PM to 5 AM every day. This applies only to residents of Providenciales.
  • Persons may return to Providenciales from other islands in the country.
  • Persons cannot travel from Providenciales to other islands, except for listed essential purposes.
  • Maximum gatherings of 10 persons reimposed (down from 25).
  • The 6 July 2020 date for reopening all remaining businesses (which includes sit-down restaurants), has been delayed to 20 July 2020.

The Government will shortly be launching TCI Assured, an online portal where international travelers to the Turks and Caicos will be required to provide the following prior to travel:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days of travel (changed from 72 hours).
  • Medical/travel insurance that covers medevac, any costs related to quarantine, ambulance care or care at the local hospital.
  • Completed online health screening questionnaire.

Further information will be published shortly and a link to TCI Assured will be provided once it is launched.

The airport opened 22 July 2020. Several airlines have scheduled flights starting on 23 July 2020. For more information and route information, contact your airline or travel agent.

  • A curfew has been reimposed from 30 June 2020 to 13 July 2020, from 10 PM to 5 AM every day. This applies only to residents of Providenciales.
  • The evening curfew has ended on all other islands.
  • Some businesses remain closed due to Government orders.
  • Providenciales: On 13 July 2020, the local economy will be fully reopened.
  • Other Islands: On 6 July 2020, the local economy will be fully reopened.
  • Many businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and other essential businesses, are open.
  • If you are in the Turks and Caicos and are showing symptoms, please contact the Government’s Coronavirus hotline at +1 (649) 232-9444 or +1 (649) 333-0911.
  • For general information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect yourself, please visit the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak page.
  • For more health information, please visit the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health Coronavirus.

Turks and Caicos COVID19 - Frequently Asked Questions

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 31 August 2020. This is subject to review. This affects the Grand Turk Cruise Center (the only cruise port in the country).

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 are currently closed in the Turks and Caicos, but reopened on 11 May 2020 for takeout service.

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.

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