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

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Photo from TCI Tourist Board, which this month celebrates Tourism Environmental Awareness Month

#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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OFFICIAL STATEMENT from Carnival Cruise Line

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Earlier this morning, Carnival Freedom’s emergency response team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk.All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests were cleared by local authorities to go ashore. We continue to assess the situation. Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral on Monday on a five-day cruise.

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Governor Nigel Dakin on Carnival Cruise Line Fire

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can again Update:  Emergency teams including TCI Regiment members were on standby, ready to act once 911 alerted about the fire on board Carnival Freedom, says Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor.The assistance was, however not required as the crew communicated having the situation under control.The question is now, whether the fire has rendered the vessel inoperable. Will it be healthy enough to continue its itinerary.At this hour the Deputy Governor and the Home Affairs Minister are en route to the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The DDME is accompanying them as well, said the governor.“…we remain poised to help if needed, including responding to any requests that may be made by Carnival in support of passengers,” said Governor Dakin.Carnival Cruise Line has also since issued a statement.

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Carnival Freedom suffers fire damage while at port

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can report, information is fluid and changing as we give a update on the incident at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.Cruise passengers sharing photos and videos Stateside have given an up close perspective on this fright at sea, which greets us on this Thursday morning.Guest images show that it is the Carnival Freedom, exhaust stack ablaze in a menacing fire that had passengers scrambling to safety.The Carnival Freedom cruise ship which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida suffered this disaster onboard; no word on what becomes of the voyage given the damages caught on cell phone cameras.While some information is changing, steady is the report that no one is hurt.Tweeted by ‘Chester 4×4’ the video is now making social media rounds and has been picked up by mainstream media in Florida.Officials had not spoken to the alarming matter up to the time of this post.

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