The Canadian Federal Government has just issued a new COVID-19 travel regulation effective from January 7th 2021. This requires all travelers arriving in Canada to have a Negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight to Canada.For those who are considering visiting TCI from Canada, it is important for you to know that this new announcement should have no impact on your decision to test as testing is now readily available in Providenciales.
Here is the information you need to know that will help you with your travel arrangements:
The Canadian requirements
All persons flying into Canada aged five years and above need to take a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test within 72 hours before their flight’s scheduled departure.A negative PCR test is required and written or electronic proof of the negative result must be shown to the airline prior to boarding the flight to Canada.The test must be a completed a lab accredited by “an external organization” like a local government or professional lab in the country where the traveler is flying out of.
Testing facilities in Turks and Caicos
There are currently three fully operation testing centres in Providenciales which can provide the tests required for return to Canada. All of the centres are fully licensed under the Turks and Caicos Islands Health Practitioners Board and Business Licensing Bureau.
C101 Cabot House, Graceway Plaza, Providenciales+1 (649) 941-5629
Results are guaranteed to be emailed within 24 hours
• An express 3-hour service option is also offered
Grace Bay Medical Center
30 Allegro Road Box, Neptune Plaza, Providenciales
Tel: +1 (649) 941-5252
• Test cost – $200
• Results available in – 36-48 hours
OmniCare Medical Clinic
Town Centre Mall, Downtown, Providenciales
Tel: +1 (649) 941-5050
• Test cost $150 USD
• Results available – 24-36 hours
Whilst not ideal and adding an additional cost to consider it is a measure that is needed in order to make the future of travelling safe for everyone. However, with testing readily available here should be no issue with planning a vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands.