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Turks & Caicos does it! On UK ‘travel corridors’ list for no quarantine

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – November 12, 2020 — UPDATED — From November 14, 2020 at 4 a.m., travelers to the UK from the Turks and Caicos Islands will no longer be subjected to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The UK Government has just issued its revised travel corridors list and the Turks and Caicos has made the cut; a sigh of relief and important triumph for Turks and Caicos public health.

British Airways on TCI tarmac at the Providenciales Intl Airport, file photo

Turks and Caicos had been cited for having one of the highest per capita rates of COVID-19 infection in the world. That fact thrust the Turks and Caicos onto an unfavorable list and attached travel from the territory in the northern Caribbean region to the infamous ‘mandatory quarantine’ of two weeks.

Efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the islands have included a revised (and relaxed) qualification for recovered patients, ramped up testing and the activation of national community testing for asymptomatic individuals.

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On the UK Government’s website the coveted travel corridors clique is described this way: List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.

The TCI, along with Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland , Laos, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) was today included on the ‘travel corridors’ list.

The notice says:  Turks and Caicos Islands (will be added 4am, 14 November – if you arrive in England from Turks and Caicos Islands before 4am 14 November you will need to self-isolate).

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It may be the break Turks and Caicos needs in order to have a return of British Airways (BA) flights to the territory.  BA was originally due to resume flight service to the Providenciales International Airport, PLS in November.

The British Airways flights are currently scheduled to resume flights Sunday flights beginning December 13; there is also a Thursday flight on the roster so far: December 17.

It is hoped that with this inclusion of Turks and Caicos on the UK ‘safe list, the BA flights will return and this new Covid-19 profile – lower new cases, increased recoveries and boosted community testing – will augur well in TCI’s attempts to also find the safe spot with New York, which requires travellers to self isolate for 14-days upon return from these islands.

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

 

February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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The Shore Club makes Travel + Leisure 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – The Shore Club is the perfect place to escape the cold with your family according to well-known travel magazine, Travel + Leisure at least.  The Turks and Caicos resort was featured in the worldwide magazine’s January feature last month.

“It’s hard to overstate the grandness of our accommodations,” travel writer Hannah Selinger gushed as she described the luxurious Shore Club experience that retails for around $750 per night.

The resort owned by Stan Hartling, 2021 TCI Humanitarian of the Year, was lauded for its use of local materials including coral harvested in Long Bay on which the property resides.  The writer was particularly impressed with the expansive space and multiple amenities at the resort which even when significantly booked “never feels even remotely full”.

She described the food and the entirety of her experience as ‘extremely satisfying’.

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