Turks and Caicos is implementing a vaccine requirement for entry going forward. By Alison Fox
Starting September 1, all visitors 16 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in order to enter the territory, according to the Turks And Caicos Tourist Board. Accepted vaccinations include Pfizer-BioNTech, Astrazeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
While Turks and Caicos will allow proof of vaccination in electronic format or a vaccination letter signed by a doctor, the tourism board said handwritten vaccination cards will not be accepted.
The new vaccination mandate is in addition to the requirement to show proof of a negative test taken within three days of a trip and the requirement to obtain insurance that would cover medical expenses related to COVID-19.
Travellers must also complete a health screening questionnaire and travel authorisation form.
Children under 16 will be allowed to enter the territory by providing proof of a negative test. Additionally, anyone who is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason will also be exempt from the new rule but must provide a signed letter from a medical professional.
Turks and Caicos — known for having some of the best beaches in the world — first reopened to tourists in July.
The territory, which is made up of more than 40 small islands and cays, has had relatively few COVID-19 cases, recording a total of 2,568 throughout the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. Of those, 115 have come in the last 28 days.
In Turks and Caicos, face masks are required to be worn in public and a nightly curfew is in place from 1 am to 5 am. Restaurants and bars are limited to 70 per cent capacity and the tourism board says travellers should only dine at places that display the TCI Assured symbol.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.