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Turks and Caicos Lift Travel Restrictions

Turks and Caicos has amended its “Public and Environmental Health Arriving Passengers Travel Clearance Regulations,” relaxing restrictions for vaccinated travellers to the destination. While all travellers over the age of 18 must still show proof of full vaccination to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, they are no longer required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of travel insurance to gain entry as of May 1. All visitors will also no longer be required to upload their information to the TCI Assured portal, as it will be discontinued on Saturday, April 30, and masks will no longer be required in indoors and enclosed spaces.

“The well-being of our communities has always been our priority, and with the majority of our population vaccinated and a return to normalcy, the government is lifting restrictions to welcome new and returning visitors,” said Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.

Effective May 1, all travellers aged 18 and over must show proof of vaccination (printed card or electronic) at the airports, both at the point of departure and on arrival into Turks and Caicos, with no additional documents required. Previously, travellers were required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days, travel insurance covering COVID-related expenses, and acceptance from TCI Assured, a quality assurance portal and program, which had been in place for travellers since the destination opened its borders to tourists on July 22, 2020.

This dissolution of TCI Assured and the ease of entry requirements represent a significant milestone for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ safety protocols and ongoing vaccine campaign. Currently, more than 80 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated. In addition, a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered in adults throughout the country, prioritizing those aged 60 and older or who are immunocompromised. The destination’s commitment to the health and safety of its communities and visitors has also resulted in it receiving an Alert Level 2 from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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