The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board has announced that the destination has increased its COVID-19 testing facilities in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new order. The CDC’s updated requirements, which went into effect on January 26, mandates all air passengers arriving to the United States from a foreign country must be tested no more than three days prior to entry to the U.S. and present negative results prior to boarding their flights.
All travelers to Turks and Caicos now have the option of getting tested at any of 12 different locations across three islands, many of which are located on-site at resorts for enhanced ease and accessibility. Additional testing sites are expected to be added throughout the sister islands.
The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has worked closely with its private sector partners to ensure that the destination has well above the capacity to meet the current testing load for visitors and residents alike. The following centers are open and approved to provide travel-related testing and are now accepting appointments.
- Amanyara (Providenciales), 1-649-941-8133
- Associated Medical Practices (Providenciales), 1-649-946-4242
- Beaches Resort (Providenciales), 1-888-BEACHES
- Carolina Medical Clinic (Providenciales), 1-649-946-4367
- COMO Parrot Cay (Parrot Cay), 1-649-339-7788
- FamilyCare Medical Services Ltd (Providenciales), 1-649-431-3262
- Flamingo Pharmacy (Providenciales), 1-649-941-4527
- Grace Bay Club (Providenciales), 1-649-946-5050
- Grace Bay Medical Centre (Providenciales), 1-649-941-5252
- OMNICARE (Providenciales), 1-649-941-5050
- Sail Rock Resort (South Caicos), 1-649-946-3777
- Seven Stars Resort (Providenciales), 1-649-333-7714
In addition to the CDC’s rules for testing prior to flying to the U.S., the Turks and Caicos Islands still requires negative COVID-19 PCR test results within five days prior to arrival to the destination as a part of “TCI Assured,” a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal.
“TCI Assured” lives on the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website and has been in effect since the reopening of borders on July 22, 2020 to certify international travelers for arrival. A travel authorization is provided only after visitors have provided proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test results from an accredited healthcare facility within five days prior to their arrival to the destination, proof of medical insurance, and a completed health screening questionnaire. A 14-day quarantine period is not required for visitors once they have tested negative for the virus.
Upon arrival to the airport, visitors can present their “TCI Assured” certifications to local authorities, before proceeding through immigration where temperature checks for each traveler will also occur.
For more information, visit hwww.turksandcaicostourism.com.