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Not bad for a doctor’s office! TCIG names 12 sites for Covid-19 testing and six are luxury resorts

#TurksandCaicosIslands – January 26, 2021 – When the medical service gives you views like this one, how do you say no to a holiday in the Turks and Caicos?  Ministry of Tourism and other stakeholders are hoping for this irresistible effect on travellers who may be Covid-Rule-Weary.  

Half of the sites approved by Government to shoulder the weight of having to provide Covid-19 test results for guests leaving to return home are located on the World’s #1 Beach or located on some of the most celebrated and exclusive resort escapes in the Caribbean.

Not bad.  Not bad at all.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government must be ready for the rush of requests it will need to meet as Americans exiting the territory will have to be in possession of a negative Covid-19 test if they are going to board their aircraft.

“We are proud to meet the latest requirements, in conjunction with our valued partners, to ensure the ongoing safety of our residents and guests along with a seamless travel experience.”

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has worked closely with its valued 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,” informed the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.

The new CDC regulation was on Monday signed into effect by new president Joe Biden, just as the United States recorded 25 million infections of Covid-19. 

Now all travellers entering the United States from international destinations, from the age of two-years-old will have to present the negative for the coronavirus.  It applies to American residents and visitors and the new regulations ban travel altogether from countries where the new variants of the coronavirus are prevalent including the UK and South Africa.

All travelers 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.

A work completed in around two weeks by a special task force led by the territory’s governor, Nigel Dakin.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands’ addition of new testing sites makes it easy and convenient for travelers to abide by the CDC’s new rule without disrupting their vacations,” said Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Travel requirements changed for both the UK and Canada this month as well; Canada however requires a ‘gold standard’ PCR test and is contemplating barring vacation travel altogether after surges there forced crippling lock downs for some provinces.

The TCI Government identified the dozen testing facilities which have been established in three islands, namely: Parrot Cay, South Caicos and Providenciales.

The list includes:  Amanyara; Associated Medical Practices; Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos; Carolina Medical Clinic; COMO Parrot Cay; Family Care Medical Services Ltd; Flamingo Pharmacy; Grace Bay Club; Grace Bay Medical Center; OmniCare Medical; Sail Rock Resort in South Caicos and Seven Stars Resort.

Turks and Caicos continues to keep its travel entry requirements high, requesting of travellers a negative PCR test, obtained no more than five days prior to travel to Turks and Caicos.

In the past 34 days, TCI has recorded 490 new cases of the coronavirus which have led to a 14-day string of measures including a curfew in Grand Turk, a ban on all parties and business closure across the country no later than 10 pm.

The latest restrictions expire on January 27.  New restrictions are due to be announced today.

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