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Travel Advisory #5 Return of Turks and Caicos Islanders and Residents Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Ministry of Tourism wishes to advise the general public of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 which came into operation on 15th May 2020. This amendment to the principal Regulation, provides for the return of Turks and Caicos Islanders, students and residents to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Subregulation 4 of Regulation 8 which refers to the closure of airports and seaports was amended to remove the restriction on incoming flights for the purpose of returning Turks and Caicos Islanders or residents to the Islands.

Persons permitted entry into the Islands by international air travel, subject to the satisfaction of these Regulations, include any:

  1. Turks and Caicos Islander
  2. Permanent resident who ordinarily resides in the Islands for the majority of the year as opposed to those who reside outside of the Islands and only travel to the Islands occasionally during the year
  3. Residence Permit holder who is married to a Turks and Caicos Islander

The above mentioned persons should note the following:

  1. You must contact the airlines directly to book a seat.
  2. You will be required to complete and submit to the airline a health screening questionnaire for COVID-19 prior to arrival in the Islands.
  3. You will be placed under quarantine in a specified place for a period of fourteen days and shall be monitored by a health officer for symptoms and signs of COVID-19 disease.
  4. You will be required to sign a quarantine order and to complete other relevant forms as required by the Ministry of Health.

For full details and guidance on the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 please go to: https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/regulations

Turks and Caicos Islanders, students and residents who wish to return should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to provide the following:

  1. Name
  2. Number of persons in your traveling party
  3. Contact information
  4. Country of departure
  5. Proof of legal status in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health advised the public that as at 12am on 21st May, 2020 the COVID-19 position in the Turks and Caicos Islands saw no new positive cases recorded. The number of active cases remain at zero (0), confirmed positive cases continue to remain at twelve (12); with ten (10) cases now having recovered from COVID-19.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government continues to monitor this fluid situation and will update the general public regularly. For additional information, please visit our website www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirusor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Travel Advisory #4: Extension of Border Closure Emergency Powers (COVID-19)(No. 4) Regulations 2020

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board would like to advise visitors and travel industry partners of the recent changes in regulations that will affect travel to the destination. Please take note of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19)(No. 4) Regulations 2020 which shall come into operation at 6:01 a.m. on 4 May 2020 and shall, except for regulation 8(3), expire at 6:00 a.m. on 1 June 2020.

8 - Closure of Airports and Seaports

1. For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of Covid-19—

  1. all airports shall remain closed to regional and international flights, whether commercial or private;
  2. all sea ports shall remain closed to regional and international seafaring; and
  3. no person shall be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands.

2. The restriction contained in subregulation (1) does not apply to—

  1. outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be;
  2. cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be;
  3. courier flights;
  4. medevac flights;
  5. technical stops (stops by aircraft to refuel and proceed onward to another destination);
  6. emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Airports Authority; or
  7. naval vessels, however no person shall be allowed on or off the vessel with the exception of Chief Medical Officer or other public health officials.

3. Cruise ports shall remain closed until 30th June 2020 and no cruise ship shall be permitted to enter the Islands until after 30th June 2020, subject to guidance from the CDC and the cruise industry.

For full details and guidance on the Emergency Powers (COVID-19)(No. 4) Regulations 2020 please go to: https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/regulations

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health advised the public that as at 12am on 3rd May, 2020 the COVID-19 position in the Turks and Caicos Islands saw no change over 24 hours. The number of confirmed positive cases continue to remain at twelve (12); with six (6) cases now having recovered from COVID-19.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government continues to monitor this fluid situation and will update the general public regularly. For additional information, please visit our website www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirusor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Travel Advisory #3: Border Closure - The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board continue to work along with the Ministry of Health as we prepare for the possibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos Islands as of today 20th March 2020 reported zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus.

The safety and security of the travelling population is our major concern. We would like to advise visitors and travel industry partners of the recent changes in regulations that will affect travel to the destination. Please take note of the following : The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 which will come into operation on 24th March 2020.

Closure of Airports and Sea Ports

(1) For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the virus—

(a) all airports shall be closed to regional and international flights;

(b) all sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring; and

(c) no visitor shall be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands,
for a period of twenty-one days, commencing on the date these Regulations come into force or until such date as the Governor may be notice specify.

(2) The restriction contained in subregulation (1) does not apply to—

(a) outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be;

(b) cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be;

(c) courier flights;

(d) medevac flights;

(e) technical stops (stops by aircraft to refuel and proceed onward to another destination);

(f) emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Airports Authority; or

(g) a Turks and Caicos Islander or resident returning to the Islands.

(3) A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident who, at the date of commencement of these Regulations, had travelled to the Islands from a place outside the Islands, shall be—

(a) subjected to screening and passenger tracing at port of entry;

(b) subjected to clinical examination at port of entry;

(c) for the purposes of surveillance by the Chief Medical officer, required to remain at home or such other place of quarantine as specified by the Chief Medical officer and subject to such conditions as are provided by the Chief Medical Officer, for a period of fourteen days.

Screening Requirements

  1. (1) For the purposes of these Regulations, the screening and clinical examination requirements, in relation to a person are requirements to the effect that a person shall—

(a) answer questions about his health or other relevant circumstances (including travel history and information about other individuals with whom he may have had contact);

(b) produce any documents which may assist a medical officer in assessing his health;

(c) at such time as a medical officer may specify, allow a medical officer, to take a biological sample the person, including a sample of his respiratory secretions or blood, by appropriate means including by swabbing his nasopharyngeal cavity, or provide such a sample; and

(d) provide sufficient information to enable the person to be contacted immediately by a medical officer during such period as a medical officer may specify, where the medical officer considers that such provision of information is necessary in order to reduce or remove the risk of the person infecting or contaminating others.

For full details and guidance on the Emergency Powers Regulation COVID-19 20th March 2020 please go to: https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/regulations

Please be reminded that: As of March 17th the list of ‘infected countries’ in Regulation 2 of the Public and Environmental Health (Control Measures)(COVID-19) Regulations 2020 has been amended to include the following additional countries which are experiencing sustained in country transmission and may pose a risk to the public health of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This list is based on the CDCs travel advisories which lists the following countries as having widespread ongoing transmission (level 3 warning). The expansion includes the following countries;

a. Austria k. Iceland u. Portugal
b. Belgium l. Italy v. Slovakia
c. Czech Republic m. Latvia w. Slovenia
d. Denmark n. Liechtenstein x. Spain
e. Estonia o. Lithuania y. Sweden
f. Finland p. Luxembourg z. Switzerland
g. France q. Malta aa. Monaco
h. Germany r. Netherlands ab. San Marino
i. Greece s. Norway ac. Vatican City
j. Hungary t. Poland

In addition to the above screening protocols, travellers coming from such states will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms over the subsequent 14 days and if they develop symptoms, then immediately call the Ministry of Heath’s Coronavirus hotline: (649) 333-0911 and (649) 232-9444.

The government continues to monitor this fluid situation and will update the general public regularly. For additional information, please visit our website www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Travel Advisory #2

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board continue to work along with the Ministry of Health as we prepare for the possibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. As of 17th March 2020, the Ministry of Health reported zero confirmed cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board are working closely with its partners from the Ministry of Health, the lead agency for the prevention of this virus. We would like to advise visitors and travel industry partners of the recent changes in regulations that will affect travel to the destination. Please take note that:

The list of ‘infected countries’ in Regulation 2 of the Public and Environmental Health (Control Measures) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 has been amended to include, as of March 20th March 2020, the following additional countries which are experiencing sustained in country transmission and may pose a risk to the public health of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This list is based on the CDCs travel advisories which lists the following countries as having widespread ongoing transmission (level 3 warning). The expansion includes the following countries;

a. Austria k. Iceland u. Portugal
b. Belgium l. Italy v. Slovakia
c. Czech Republic m. Latvia w. Slovenia
d. Denmark n. Liechtenstein x. Spain
e. Estonia o. Lithuania y. Sweden
f. Finland p. Luxembourg z. Switzerland
g. France q. Malta aa. Monaco
h. Germany r. Netherlands ab. San Marino
i. Greece s. Norway ac. Vatican City
j. Hungary t. Poland

Persons in the Islands who have travelled to, from or through infected country may be quarantined

  • A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident of the Islands who arrives in the Islands after travel to, from or through an infected country shall be—
    • subjected to screening and passenger tracing at port of entry;
    • subjected to clinical examination at port of entry; and
    • quarantined for a period of fourteen days, as deemed necessary.

As per protocols for ALL travellers entering the TCI are subject to screening at the airport. This includes completely filling out the health declaration card on both sides and presenting to healthcare officials at the airport. Travellers coming from such states will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms over the subsequent 14 days and if they develop symptoms, then immediately call the Ministry’s Coronavirus hotline: (649) 333-0911 and (649) 232-9444. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO QUARANTINE. Travelers should contact their travel agent and or airline prior to travel. Also, if persons in the general public feel that they or someone they know are showing symptoms or signs of the virus, they should also call the hotline; please DO NOT go to the hospital or any other health facility, as this will increase the likelihood of spread. The government continues to monitor this fluid situation and will update the general public regularly. For additional information, please visit our website www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..