ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR TURKS AND CAICOS
It is almost time for your trip to Turks and Caicos! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting the island. The ongoing pandemic causes frequent changes to entry requirements and testing guidelines, so be sure to check this page frequently leading up to your trip as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Last Updated: September 10th, 2021
1. Vaccination Required
All travelers 16 and older traveling to Turks and Caicos MUST be vaccinated.
Travelers 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.
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.
2. Obtain Online Pre-authorization
All persons traveling to Turks and Caicos are required by the Turks and Caicos Government to obtain an online pre-authorization prior to boarding their flight to the destination.
To obtain pre-authorization all travelers are required to upload documentary evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory. Acceptable tests are professionally administered Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests (RT-PCR). Acceptable tests are Nucleic Acid Amplification tests (NAA), RNA or molecular tests, and Antigen tests. Antibody and home-test kits are not accepted for entry into the Turks and Caicos Islands. PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within three days of travel. Children under 10 are exempt from this requirement.
All travelers are required obtain medical/travel insurance that covers medevac, or any costs related to quarantine, ambulance care or care while in Turks and Caicos. Lastly, they must complete an online health screening questionnaire which can be found via the TCI portal.
Travel/entry processes are changing as the situation with COVID-19 is fluid. For more details and information on current entry restrictions and PCR test guidelines, please visit the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board website or the TCI portal.
Compliance of pre-departure protocols is mandatory by the Government of Turks and Caicos.
Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).
Reminder-if you do any COVID testing or seek any healthcare while abroad, please retain all receipts for insurance purposes.