GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands (January 26, 2021) – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) is pleased to announce that the destination has increased its COVID-19 testing facilities in response to entry requirement for the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada.
As per, the CDC’s updated requirements, which go into effect today, January 26, 2021: all air passengers arriving to the United States from a foreign country must test no more than 72 hours prior to entry to the United States and present negative results prior to boarding their flights. All travelers now have the option of getting tested at various approved locations on Providenciales and South Caicos with further testing sites on Grand Turk coming on stream.
For Turks and Caicos Islanders traveling to the US, please note that a test will be required for all travel, regardless of length of stay in the US.
During the past weeks following the announcement of these requirements, HE Governor and the Hon. Premier called for the formation of a task force to proactively find solutions to address the possible fall out from these requirements. At that time the TCI did not have the capacity to conduct more than a few hundred PCR tests on island. This presented a risk to the tourism industry. Key partners of the Health and Tourism Industries began work in earnest.
To meet these requirements TCIG/MOH authorized the use of self-administered lateral flow devices (LFDs) for the purpose of pre-departure Antigen testing for international travelers (for Visitors and Residents of the TCI).
The institution of the new testing sites was made possible by the collaborative work of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Private health facilities and labs, TCHTA, Public Health England, Ministry of Tourism, Tourist Board and other key stakeholders.
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.
Amanyara (Providenciales), 1-649-941-8133
Associated Medical Practices (Providenciales), 1-649-946-4242
Beaches Resort (Providenciales), 1-888-BEACHES
Carolina Medical Clinic (Providenciales), 1-649-9464367
COMO Parrot Cay (Parrot Cay), 1-649-339-7788
FamilyCare Medical Services Ltd (Providenciales), 1-649-431-3262
Flamingo Pharmacy (Providenciales), 1-649-941-4527; Offering Services Starting February 1st
Grace Bay Club (Providenciales), 1-649-946-5050
Grace Bay Medical Centre (Providenciales), 1-649-9415252
OMNICARE (Providenciales), 1-649-9415050
Sail Rock Resort (South Caicos), 1-649-946-3777
Seven Stars Resort (Providenciales), 1-649-333-7714
Visitors not staying at accommodations listed are free to contact any of aforementioned sites for testing appointments.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with key partners will continue to work with interested agencies for the establishment of testing sites on all islands. Agencies interested in becoming testing sites are kindly asked to contact the Ministry of Health for further information.
Additional information testing sites and requirements, will be uploaded on the following sites:
Ministry of Health Coronavirus – www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus
Turks and Caicos Tourist Board – www.turksandcaicostourism.com
TCI Assured – travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public.