The Turks and Caicos Islands is linking its aggressive tourism promotion strategy to an equally strong demand that tourists test before travelling there.
The government has now mandated that travellers must present negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen tests taken within 72 hours of their travel dates rather than five days. Previously, Turks and Caicos only accepted PCR tests. Antibody tests and results from home-based test kits will not be accepted.
The new requirements take effect this Wednesday, July 28th.
The TCI government says this is part of its 'TCI Assured' pre-travel system, which also requires that travellers have travel and medical insurance.
“We are proud to have safely welcomed travellers to our beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands over the past year and are updating travel requirements to ensure ongoing vigilance and in consideration of the efficacy and turnaround of available COVID-19 tests,” said Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“More than 60 per cent of the adult population in the Turks and Caicos Islands is fully vaccinated, making us one of the most inoculated countries in the world; combined with our updated TCI Assured program, we are confident in the overall wellbeing of our communities and visitors as travel to the destination continues to flourish.”