Turks and Caicos Names Travel Requirements; Reopens July 22

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
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Honorable Ralph Higgs, minister of tourism for Turks and Caicos, announced an update to travel requirements to the destination as a part of TCI Assured, a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal, which is live as of July 15 in advance of the reopening of borders on July 22, 2020.    

In consideration of testing availability across the country, Turks and Caicos is now requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within five days of travel, rather than the previous requirement of a test to be taken within three days of travel; children under the age of 10 years old are not required to be tested. Additionally, travelers must have medical/travel insurance that covers medevac (insurance companies providing the prerequisite insurance will also be available on the portal), a completed health screening questionnaire and certification that they have read and agreed to the privacy policy document. These requirements must be complete and uploaded to the TCI Assured portal, which will be available on the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website (www.turksandcaicostourism), in advance of their arrival.  

Once travelers register on the TCI Assured portal and complete the requirements as outlined, a travel authorization notification will be given. The TCI Assured travel authorization should be presented at the time of check-in to the appropriate airline; airlines will not be able to board passengers without this authorization.

“We feel confident these safety measures will allow us to safely reopen our borders and we will continue to review conditions on an ongoing basis to evaluate whether further changes are necessary,” the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board said in a press announcement.

This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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