UPDATED GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL LOCAL TRAVEL
The Ministry of Health would like to remind the general public that only essential travel is permitted between the islands. This is in response to the outbreak of Covid-19 which is currently being experienced by the TCI. The public is reminded that persons should not travel between the islands unless it is absolutely essential. This is to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 between the islands.
The Ministry is updating its previous release to reflect the updated Regulations concerning restrictions on domestic travel which came into effect today 28th August 2020.
Persons are only permitted to travel for the following reasons in accordance with Public And Environmental Health (Covid19)(Control Measures)(No. 2) Regulations 2020 (Legal Notice 91 Of 2020).
12 (1) From 28 August 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 15 September 2020, no person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any interisland private or commercial air or sea transport that is nonessential, provided that an airline or a boat shall reduce the number of persons traveling on interisland transportation to permit physical distancing.
(2) For the purposes of subregulation (1), travel for the purpose of banking, businesses under regulation 4(3)(q)- any water, electricity, telecommunications (including internet services) or other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including print and electronic media, doctor and hospital visits, funeral, international travel or continuing one’s journey to an island of destination upon arrival in the Islands, emergencies and cargo shall be considered essential travel.
(3) A member of the House of Assembly may travel from and return to another island, to attend a meeting of the House of Assembly in the island of Grand Turk.
13 (4) A person who intends to travel interisland shall before undertaking such travel apply to the Ministry of Health for travel authorisation by completing the Interisland Travel Authorisation Form set out on the Ministry of Health website and subject himself to a temperature check prior to his travel.
(5) Every person travelling interisland shall adhere to all health protocols relevant for domestic travel.
Applications should be submitted within 48 hours of travel and subject caption should include the intended date of travel and purpose. Application forms should be completed clearly for review and must indicate that the purpose of travel is essential in accordance with the Regulations, otherwise they will not be approved.