Turks & Caicos Travel Update
All visitors who are 16 years and over will require proof of being vaccinated to be granted entry to destination.
Important update from Turks & Caicos’ Director of Tourism for those who plan on visiting Turks & Caicos.
The safety and health of our local population and international visitors remain top priorities for the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is now one of the most inoculated countries in the world with over 70 percent of the population vaccinated. The Turks and Caicos Islands announces a new update to its travel requirements, mandating all visitors 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated before arriving in the destination.
Starting on September 1st, 2021, all travelers 16 and older will be required to present proof of vaccination through TCI Assured, a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal, prior to entering the country. Travelers must be fully vaccinated, with the second shot taken over two weeks prior to traveling, or one shot taken over two weeks prior for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccines that are currently being accepted are Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. The TCI Assured portal will accept proof of vaccination printed from an electronic vaccination data base or through a vaccination letter signed by a medical professional (physician or registered nurse-license number must be included). Handwritten vaccination cards will not be accepted.
Visitors aged 10-15 do not need to be vaccinated but must present a negative COVID-19 test result. Visitors under 10 years old are not required to be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result. Exempt visitors include those with clear proof from a doctor that they are medically exempt from taking the vaccine and will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to traveling. For information on all updated protocols and the TCI Assured Pre-Travel Authorization Program please visit https://turksandcaicostourism.com/tci-assured-faqs/.
The new vaccination requirement is in addition to TCI Assured’s existing protocols, which require a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, NAA, RNA or Antigen test result from a test taken within three days of travel, medical / travel insurance that covers medevac, and a completed health screening questionnaire. These requirements must be complete and uploaded to the TCI Assured portal, which is available on the Turk and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website (www.turksandcaicostourism), in advance of arrival. Any fully vaccinated visitor who tests positive prior to leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to quarantine with all accompanying persons at their own expense for ten days, then undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test on day seven prior to release.
Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism