Turks and Caicos relaxes entry requirements for visitors

The Turks and Caicos Islands government will relax entry protocols for vaccinated travelers to the destination from May 1, including the elimination of pre-visit registration on the Turks and Caicos Islands Traveler Portal, a report said. Turks and Caicos Islands Tourism Board (TCTB) officials said in a statement. .

The Public and Environmental Health Regulations for Arriving Passengers announced that vaccinated visitors are no longer required to provide a negative Covid test and provide proof of travel insurance to enter the country.

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Additionally, travelers will no longer be required to register with the TCI Assured portal, which will be discontinued on April 30. The Turks and Caicos Islands continue to require all visitors to be fully immunized to enter the country and stay at its resorts.

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“We are thrilled to make it easier for travelers to rediscover the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Pamela Ewing, Turks and Caicos Islands Tourism Director. “Throughout 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, we have seen significant numbers of visitors from our largest source market, the United States, and we believe the measures announced today will further increase the number of visitors. visitors in 2022.”

The new protocols follow TCTB’s announcement of the return of local events, including the weekly Island Fish Fry, which kicked off April 21 and launches a full calendar of cultural and culinary events in 2022.

Fish Fry Island welcomes locals and visitors to a weekly celebration of Turks and Caicos culture in a family-friendly, outdoor setting on Thursday nights at PTV Stubbs Diamond Plaza in Providenciales from 5:30-9:30 p.m. feature more than a dozen restaurants and souvenir vendors, live music and cultural performances.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourism Board is delighted to welcome the return of events, inviting our community and international guests to enjoy the authentic sights, sounds and tastes of the islands,” said Mary Lightbourne, Deputy Director tourism.

“After two years, it’s a monumental time to bring our communities together with a lively calendar of events, kicking off with the beloved Island Fish Fry.”

Other events will include the South Caicos Regatta the last weekend in May; Grand Turk’s TI Summajam during the last weekend of June, featuring the Miss and Little Miss Grand Turk beauty contests as well as live music and entertainment, and the Eco-Sea Swim ‘Race for the Conch’ on June 25.

The annual event features one-mile and half-mile races for new and experienced swimmers in the blue waters of Grace Bay. Proceeds from the race are donated to local charities including Provo Children’s Home, the Reef Fund and the Turks & Caicos Islands Swim Federation.

The Turks & Caicos International Film Festival is also scheduled for the second week of November, with premieres, master classes and movie stars including Delroy Lindo.

Muskanoo on December 26 is a celebration of the West African and Caribbean heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands that developed from 19th-century slaves who celebrated Christmas mocking the colonists’ costume balls. Held near Grace Bay, the event includes fireworks, vendors, music and food.

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