COVID-19

Travel Update

Due to the nature of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, entry, travel and health requirements for the Turks and Caicos Islands, similar to all countries, are subject to modification at any time. This Health Alert is not a substitute for official guidance and information from the Turks and Caicos government, currently available at https://www.visittci.com/travel-info/turks-and-caicos-coronavirus-covid-19

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

Turks & Caicos Entry Requirements

  • All travelers to the Turks and Caicos must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. The TCI Assured pre-authorization portal will require travelers to submit the following information and meet the following requirements:

• Negative COVID Test:

All visitors over the age of 10 must present a negative COVID-19 test result from an accredited lab.  Acceptable test types are: RT-PCR; Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA); RNA or molecular; or antigen tests completed via nasopharyngeal swab.  The test must be taken within three (3) days of arrival to the TCI. E.g. If you are arriving on a Saturday, you should get tested on Wednesday.

 

• Proof of Vaccination: 

Effective September 1, 2021, all visitors 16 years of age and over must be fully vaccinated, in addition to other requirements noted herein.  Proof of vaccination is either a digital or paper record uploaded to the TCI Assured portal.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since the second dose of an approved vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria, or Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).  In the case of Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, this is 14 days after receipt of the single dose.  There are a limited number of exemptions to mandatory vaccination, which are listed here.

• Insurance:

Visitors must provide proof of travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance. A list of recommended insurance providers is provided at https://www.visittci.com/travel-info/tci-assured. TCI Safe offers government-endorsed insurance to cover the entry requirements.

• TCI Assured Portal:

Your TCI Assured documentation (testing & insurance) should be uploaded to the TCI Assured Portal. Bring your documentation in printed form too as well as in your cellphone.

• Video Tutorials:

Click here to watch our CEO go through the flight & arrival process.

Click here to watch our CEO go through the TCI Assured process. 

Testing Facilities on island

As you may have read, the United States, Canada, and the UK have announced that they will require a negative COVID test for all international arrivals. Omnicare Medical Clinic offers convenient in villa testing for $60 per antigen test. If you travel with United Airlines, you can order a virtually-guided COVID test to take for your return flight back to the US –click here for more info. 

(Offering Services Starting February 1st)
Unit 105/6, Cabot House
Graceway Plaza (Main IGA)
1-649-941-4527

Unit C101, Cabot House
Graceway IGA Plaza Leeward Highway
649 946 8380 / 232 8308
accudiagnostics@tciway.tc

Grace Bay
1-649-946-5050

5a Windward Rd
1-649-9464242

121 Blue Mountain Rd
Horizon House Unit B
1-649-4313262

Town Centre Mall
1-649-9464367

TC Villas is not affiliated with, nor do we guarantee availability/performance of any of these testing providers. We recommend that you schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

What happens if you test positive?

 

If you schedule in-villa rapid testing with Omnicare and you test positive, Omnicare will immediately give you another rapid test to confirm the 1st test was not a false positive. If the second test is positive, you will then be given a PCR test and asked to self-quarantine. 

It is our understanding that the commercial airlines will not let you board if you test positive. We understand that the mandatory medical rider required to enter the Turks & Caicos may offer COVID-19 air ambulance coverage in certain conditions. We are not licensed insurance agents and there are strict regulations that prohibit us from discussing insurance coverage. You are encouraged to contact the insurance provider to have any questions answered including how air ambulance coverage works with the newly announced US testing regulations. You can reach Aura Assistance via contactinfo@auraassistance.com at +1 844 826 7946.

Where will I quarantine?
 

Wherever you wish. If no one is checking into your villa you are welcome to remain there at a 10% reduced rate. Otherwise, there are many Airbnb’s, hotels, etc on island. Note – the cost of accommodations may be covered by your travel insurance company, please contact them for details. 

 
If I test positive how will I get back into the USA?
 
In general, US and Canadian doctors will issue a letter indicating you are cleared for travel 10 days from the 1st day you exhibited symptoms or, if you are asymptomatic, 10 days from a positive test. In the Turks and Caicos, doctors will generally issue such a letter 14 days from the date of your positive PCR test. The letter is sufficient to comply with the current US entry requirements. NOTE –  If you have had covid within the past 90 days, the rapid test may show positive. A letter from your doctor or medical provider indicating that you have fully recovered from COVID and are cleared to travel is sufficient to comply with the current US requirements for entry.  If this applies to you, please ask for a letter from your doctor so there are no issues. If your doctor will not issue this letter (we have not heard of any doctor refusing to do so) you can request a Turks & Caicos doctor provide the letter. You will need proof that you have had COVID (dated PCR test for example) in order to obtain this letter.

Island Update

• Most restaurants are open & operational at 50% capacity. 

• Food delivery services, tour operators, and grocery stores are also open & operational.

• All businesses must close by 12 am and the use of a mask is mandatory in public spaces such as at the grocery store, lining up for coffee, etc. 

• The curfew has been relaxed to 1:00 am- 5:00 am.

• Each of our villas is TCI Assured.

• Click here to learn more about grocery & food delivery services.