PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands – Friday, March 20th, 2020 – The Turks & Caicos Islands Government has approved closure of the borders with effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 24th until midnight Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.
The closure has been initiated for the purpose of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the virus (Covid-19).
Measures that have been undertaken are noted as follows: (a) all airports shall be closed to regional and international flights;
(b) all sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring; and
(c) no visitor shall be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands,
for a period of twenty-one days, commencing on the date these Regulations come into force or until such date as the Governor may be notice specify.
(2) The restriction contained in subregulation (1) does not apply to—
(a) outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be;
(b) cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be;
(c) courier flights;
(d) medevac flights;
(e) technical stops (stops by aircraft to refuel and proceed onward to another destination);
(f) emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Airports Authority; or
(g) a Turks and Caicos Islander or resident returning to the Islands.
(3) A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident who, at the date of commencement of these Regulations, had travelled to the Islands from a place outside the Islands, shall be—
(a) subjected to screening and passenger tracing at port of entry;
(b) subjected to clinical examination at port of entry;
(c) for the purposes of surveillance by the Chief Medical officer, required to remain at home or such other place of quarantine as specified by the Chief Medical officer and subject to such conditions as are provided by the Chief Medical Officer, for a period of fourteen days.
Ensuring the safety and health of our stakeholders and passengers is the top priority of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA). We have taken the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of exposure while we remain functional to facilitate travel. We have strategically placed hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and the Department of Health has increased their presence to monitor this epidemic.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and we urge stakeholders to follow health recommendations for the benefit of all.