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Updated entry requirements for the Turks and Caicos Islands

Effective May 1st 2022, there will be new entry requirements for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Visitors and residents will no longer be required to;

  • Apply for Travel Authorisation
  • Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival
  • Complete a health screening questionnaire
  • Present evidence of travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
  • Wear masks/face coverings

Visitors are however, fully responsible for the cost of quarantine/isolation, hospitalization or medical repatriation in the event they test positive during their stay.

All visitors over the age of 18 years must be fully vaccinated as defined below:

What does fully-vaccinated mean?

Fully-vaccinated means 14 days after receiving the second dose of any World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine course (or 14 days after the first dose if a single dose course such as the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine). The list of WHO approved vaccines includes the following:

  • Moderna (mRNA-1273) - Spikevax
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2) - Comirnaty
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222) - Vaxzevria
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca)
  • Novavax (NVX-CoV2373) (includes COVOVAX)
  • Covaxin
  • Sinopharm Vero Cells (BBiBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac CoronaVac

You must have received your final dose of an approved vaccine course 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 which must be presented on arrival. 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 number 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 exempt from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine:

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

Unvaccinated returning residents

Residents who have not received both doses of the vaccine as outlined above are still required to undergo quarantine for a period of seven days on arrival. A negative test is required at the end of quarantine for release. If the test is positive, the individual must isolate in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines (https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/guidance/1581-guidance-for-persons-who-test-positive-for-covid-19).

For further information, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/.

TCI Travel Protocols (updated 8th October, 2021)

Entry vaccination requirements TCI

From 1st September 2021, all visitors to the TCI will need to meet the following entry requirements;

  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine: received the complete series or a combination of accepted mRNA or Adenovirus vector vaccines as outlined below AND;
    • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter TCI
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination to the TCI Assured Portal TCI || Dashboard (turksandcaicostourism.com)
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in TCI

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273, Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • The list of vaccines accepted for entry to the TCI now includes WHO approved vaccines. At the time of publishing, this expanded list includes; Sinopharm (BBIP-CorV (Vero Cells)) and Sinovac (CoronaVac).

Accepted mixed COVID-19 vaccines

Mixing of accepted vaccines (in a two-dose series) is accepted for entry into TCI; once fourteen (14) days have passed since receiving the second dose.

Recovered from COVID-19 with one dose

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler entry requirement for visitors.

No exceptions for partially-vaccinated travelers

At this time, there are no exemptions for visitors who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the TCI unless a medical exemption is provided by a licensed physician.

Dependents

Unvaccinated children under the age of 16 years who are accompanied by travelers who are fully vaccinated:

  • must follow all testing requirements (unless under the age of 10 years)

This applies to unvaccinated children under 16 years of age, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who is a fully vaccinated traveler.

All unvaccinated children under the age of 16 years should be included as travelers in the submission to TCI Assured.

Traveling with unvaccinated dependent adults

Unvaccinated dependents age 18 or over, must follow all testing requirements and have proof of a medical exemption from a physician as specified, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who are fully vaccinated travelers.

Accepted medical exemptions from vaccination for visitors

Some persons may be exempted from vaccination against COVID-19 on medical grounds. This must be in the form of a signed and stamped certificate including the following information:

  • full name, gender and date of birth of the individual
  • registration number and contact details of a licensed healthcare professional in that jurisdiction
  • reason for medical exemption must be clearly stated/explained

Please note the Turks and Caicos Islands Government through the TCI Assured Portal reserves the right to accept or refuse medical exemptions and therefore can deny entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands on this basis.

Pre-entry test result requirements

All travelers 10 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter TCI.

All travelers must provide one of the accepted types of tests including those who are fully vaccinated.

At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

Travelers should keep proof of their test results for 14 days after their arrival into TCI.

Providing proof of your vaccination in TCI Assured Portal

In TCI Assured Portal, up to 72 hours before your travel, you must provide:

  • e-certificate/digital certificates
  • certification by Doctor or Government Entity
  • vaccination cards/certificates accepted by national authorities: e.g. EU, US, UK (i.e. CDC, NHS) a vaccination letter signed by a medical professional (physician or registered nurse) on official letterhead with contact details or Authorized Government Entity or printed record from an electronic vaccination database
  • the details of the first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
  • the details of the second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines)
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of the vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
    • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
    • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
    • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
  • these must be in English or a certified translation into English

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel for inspection.

Returning residents

Fully Vaccinated in the Turks and Caicos Islands:

Upload TCI COVID-19 Vaccine E-Certificate when applying to the TCI Assured Portal. Pre-arrival test or quarantine on arrival are not required at this time.

Partially Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Resident:

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated residents returning to the Turks and Caicos Islands must upload a negative COVID-19 Test to the TCI Assured Portal within 3 days of travel. On arrival, they will be required to quarantine themselves and their household for a period of seven days and undergo a mandatory test (that must be negative) prior to being released. Fully vaccinated residents are exempt from taking a COVID-19 test prior to reentering the country.

All returning residents, regardless of vaccination status are strongly advised to get tested for COVID-19 after arrival in the TCI.

Penalties for the submission of falsified test results or proof of vaccination;

Offence

  1. Any person who—
    • gives false information when completing the Travel Authorisation Form under regulation 4; or
    • otherwise contravenes the provisions of these Regulations (Turks And Caicos Islands Public And Environmental Health(Control Measures)(Covid-19)(Arriving Passengers Health Clearance) Regulations as amended

commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment for three months, or to both.

 

TCI Travel Protocols (effective September 1st 2021)

Entry vaccepted COVID-19 vaccines in TCI

From 1st September 2021, all visitors to the TCI will need to meet the following entry requirements;

  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine: received the complete series or a combination of accepted mRNA or Adenovirus vector vaccines as outlined below AND;
    • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter TCI
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination to the TCI Assured Portal TCI || Dashboard (turksandcaicostourism.com)
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in TCI

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273, Spikevax)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

Accepted mixed COVID-19 vaccines

Mixing of accepted vaccines (in a two-dose series) is accepted for entry into TCI; once fourteen (14) days have passed since receiving the second dose.

Recovered from COVID-19 with one dose

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler entry requirement for visitors.

No exceptions for partially-vaccinated travelers

At this time, there are no exemptions for visitors who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the TCI unless a medical exemption is provided by a licensed physician.

Dependents

Unvaccinated children under the age of 16 years who are accompanied by travelers who are fully vaccinated:

  • must follow all testing requirements (unless under the age of 10 years)

This applies to unvaccinated children under 16 years of age, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who is a fully vaccinated traveler.

All unvaccinated children under the age of 16 years should be included as travelers in the submission to TCI Assured.

Traveling with unvaccinated dependent adults

Unvaccinated dependents age 18 or over, must follow all testing requirements and have proof of a medical exemption from a physician as specified, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who are fully vaccinated travelers.

Accepted medical exemptions from vaccination for visitors

Some persons may be exempted from vaccination against COVID-19 on medical grounds. This must be in the form of a signed and stamped certificate including the following information:

  • full name, gender and date of birth of the individual
  • registration number and contact details of a licensed healthcare professional in that jurisdiction
  • reason for medical exemption must be clearly stated/explained

Please note the Turks and Caicos Islands Government through the TCI Assured Portal reserves the right to accept or refuse medical exemptions and therefore can deny entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands on this basis.

Pre-entry test result requirements

All travelers 10 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter TCI.

All travelers must provide one of the accepted types of tests including those who are fully vaccinated.

At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

Travelers should keep proof of their test results for 14 days after their arrival into TCI.

Providing proof of your vaccination in TCI Assured Portal

In TCI Assured Portal, up to 72 hours before your travel, you must provide:

  • e-certificate/digital certificates
  • certification by Doctor or Government Entity
  • vaccination cards/certificates accepted by national authorities: e.g. EU, US, UK (i.e. CDC, NHS) a vaccination letter signed by a medical professional (physician or registered nurse) on official letterhead with contact details or Authorized Government Entity or printed record from an electronic vaccination database
  • the details of the first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
  • the details of the second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna/Spikevax, and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines)
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of the vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
    • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
    • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
    • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
  • these must be in English or a certified translation into English

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel for inspection.

RETURNING RESIDENTS

Fully Vaccinated in the Turks and Caicos Islands:

Upload TCI COVID-19 Vaccine E-Certificate when applying to the TCI Assured Portal. Pre-arrival test or quarantine on arrival are not required at this time.

Partially Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Resident:

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated residents returning to the Turks and Caicos Islands must upload a negative COVID-19 Test to the TCI Assured Portal within 3 days of travel. On arrival, they will be required to quarantine themselves and their household for a period of seven days and undergo a mandatory test (that must be negative) prior to being released. Fully vaccinated residents are exempt from taking a COVID-19 test prior to reentering the country.

All returning residents, regardless of vaccination status are strongly advised to get tested for COVID-19 after arrival in the TCI.

Penalties for the submission of falsified test results or proof of vaccination;

Offence

  1. Any person who—
    • gives false information when completing the Travel Authorisation Form under regulation 4; or
    • otherwise contravenes the provisions of these Regulations (Turks And Caicos Islands Public And Environmental Health(Control Measures)(Covid-19)(Arriving Passengers Health Clearance) Regulations as amended commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment for three months, or to both.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ADDS COVID-19 TESTING SITES TO ACCOMMODATE NEW INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) is pleased to announce that the destination has increased its COVID-19 testing facilities in response to entry requirement for the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada.

As per, the CDC’s updated requirements, which went into effect on January 26, 2021: all air passengers arriving to the United States from a foreign country must test no more than 72 hours prior to entry to the United States and present negative results prior to boarding their flights.  All travelers now have the option of getting tested at various approved locations with further testing sites throughout the sister islands coming on stream.

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has worked closely with its valued private sector partners to ensure that the destination has well above the capacity to meet the current testing load for visitors and residents alike. For Turks and Caicos Islanders traveling to the US, please note that a test will be required for all travel, regardless of length of stay in the US.

Visit the following link to view the list of centers that are open and approved to provide travel-related testing and are now accepting appointments: https://turksandcaicostourism.com/turks-and-caicos-covid-19-testing/

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with key partners will continue to work with interested agencies for the establishment of testing sites on all islands. Agencies interested in becoming testing sites are kindly asked to contact the Ministry of Health for further information.

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..