Turks and Caicos Islands has announced an update 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.

The update was announced by Honorable Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, as part of TCI Assured, a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal, which will be live as of July 15 in advance of the reopening of borders on July 22, 2020.

Travelers must additionally 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, 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, and airlines will not be able to board passengers without this authorization.

Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board is confident that these safety measures will allow the safe reopening of its borders, and will continue to review conditions on an ongoing basis and evaluate whether further changes are required.

For more information visit turksandcaicostourism.com.