How to get a COVID-19 test in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos vacations from Canada or the USA in 2021

Those keen to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands for a vacation in the pandemic era will no doubt have already seen in the new that both the Canadian Federal Government and the U.S.A. Center for Disease Control ( CDC) have just issued recent new travel regulations . These are effective from January 7th 2021 in Canada and January 26th in the USA. Both countries now require all travelers arriving in in the respective homelands to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight to to that country. For those who are considering visiting TCI from Canada or the U.S.A, 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 travel 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.

The U.S.A requirements:

Effective January 26th 2021 all person aged 2 years or older arriving to the US from a foreign country are required to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This includes all US citizens and legal permanent residents, The test must be a viral test ( NNAT/PCR test. ) Airlines are mandated to refuse boarding to any passenger who does not provide a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.

Testing facilities in Turks and Caicos:

There are currently three fully operational 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.

ACCU Diagnostics

C101 Cabot House, Graceway Plaza, Providenciales

+1 (649) 941-5629

https://www.facebook.com/…/ACCU-Diagnostics…/

Test cost – $185

Express service cost – $260

• Results are guaranteed to be emailed within 24 hours

• Express results have a 3-hour service for results

In-house testing (Hotel, Villas & Offices) by request at an additional cost of $125 for up to 5 people. For 5-10 people the cost is $200.

Grace Bay Medical Center

30 Allegro Road Box, Neptune Plaza, Providenciales

Tel: +1 (649) 941-5252

Website http://www.gracebaymedical.com/

• Test cost – $215

• Results available in – 36-48 hours

OmniCare Medical Clinic

Town Centre Mall, Downtown, Providenciales

Tel: +1 (649) 941-5050

Website: https://www.facebook.com/omnicaremedical/

• Test cost $150 USD

• Results available – 24-36 hours

Whilst this is not an ideal situation and adds an additional cost to consider, it is a measure that is needed in order to make the future of travelling safe for everyone. The sooner we are able to manage and defeat the pandemic the quicker we will all be able to enjoy travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands in a carefree and enjoyable way as before, The good news is that with testing readily available in Providenciales there should be no issue with planning a vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands. We look forward to hosting your next stay. Let us know if you have any comments or concerns.

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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.

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Turks and Caicos jumps in popularity with visitors

Providenciales airport

A new study by the U.S. based travel insurance company Squaremouth shows that the Turks and Caicos Islands are now the fifth most popular destination for American tourists. This puts TCI ahead of the ever popular Bahamas for the first time in the history of the data aggregation.

The Turks and Caicos Islands were reported as being the fastest growing destinations. The country saw a 303% boost in the data compared with a year ago taking the Islands from 60th position in 2019 to 5th in the latest study. Only the U.S itself, Mexico , Canada and the U.K received high numbers of visitors**. The change has been fueled in part by the closure of borders to travelers in many of the popular European destinations and the reluctance of travelers to go too far in the current pandemic. The short flight times from the US mainland ( around 90 minutes from Miami) make it a favorable choice.

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Travel to Turks and Caicos from Canada

An in-practice real-life look at the process of meeting the Turks and Caicos travel requirements

I’m headed back to Providenciales and had to negotiate the travel requirements in place right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who need more info or have concerns over the process, here is my journey through the travel requirements that are currently applicable to visitors to Turks and Caicos.

Trip Details

Lester B Pearson Airport, Toronto, Canada to Providenciales international Airport, Turks and Caicos on Saturday October 3rd, 2020.

There has been much discussion on social media with people concerned, postponing and even cancelling visits to TCI due to the travel restrictions and the stringent requirements in place to protect the Islands. Therefore, I started a little early to make sure that there were no issues that would prevent my travel over to Providenciales.

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TCI Assured – How to safely arrive in Turks and Caicos for your vacation.

Since our original blog post on the travel restrictions applicable to visitors to The Turks and Caicos Islands much has changed and the situation has been updated to make the process clearer and assist potential visitors to understand the travel requirements.

The Turks and Caicos Tourism website now has the full TCI Assured program online. This portal allows visitors to the islands to clarify the travel requirements for arrival. The system allows visitors to upload the documents relating to the required COVID-19 PCR test results and information on the medical travel insurance policies needed. Both of these are required. Continue reading “TCI Assured – How to safely arrive in Turks and Caicos for your vacation.”

Travel Restrictions | Turks and Caicos Islands | COVID -19 Regulations

With the Turks and Caicos borders opening again on July 22nd 2020, many people wishing to take a Turks and Caicos vacation are wondering about the government regulations that apply to their travel and how it will affect their arrival and subsequent vacation.

The TCI government regulations dictate certain conditions for arriving visitors which follow a similar pattern to other Caribbean countries that have already opened borders. These regulations follow three main criteria. Continue reading “Travel Restrictions | Turks and Caicos Islands | COVID -19 Regulations”

Should I rent a private villa or stay in a hotel or resort?

Self-catering vs resort – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

When looking for a vacation, many people ask this question.Not so long ago the dilemma rarely arose as the private villa vacation was the reserve of the more affluent and the average traveler would gravitate to a hotel because it tended to be easier to arrange and less expensive. Nowadays however, this question has become the norm ever since the independent stay became more mainstream. This rise in popularity has been driven by the internet presence of third party booking portals such as AirBNB and VRBO Continue reading “Should I rent a private villa or stay in a hotel or resort?”