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The Turks and Caicos Islands is relaxing restrictions to its Public and Environmental Health Arriving Passengers Travel Clearance Regulations for vaccinated travelers to the destination. While all travelers over the age of 18 must still show proof of full vaccination to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, they are no longer required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of travel insurance to gain entry as of May 1, 2022.  All visitors will also no longer be required to upload their information to the TCI Assured portal, as it was discontinued on Saturday, April 30, 2022, and masks will no longer be required in indoors and enclosed spaces. 

“We are delighted to make it easier for travelers to rediscover the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Pamela Ewing, director of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. “The wellbeing of our communities has always been our priority, and with the majority of our population vaccinated and a return to normalcy, the government is lifting restrictions to welcome new and returning visitors to experience our ‘Beautiful by Nature’ destination in an easy, carefree way.” 

As of May 1, 2022, all travelers aged 18 and over must show proof of vaccination (printed card or electronic) at the airports, both at the point of departure and on arrival into the Turks and Caicos Islands, with no additional documents required.  Previously, travelers were required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days, travel insurance covering COVID-related expenses, and acceptance from TCI Assured, a quality assurance portal and program, which had been in place for travelers since the destination opened its borders to tourists on July 22, 2020.  

Currently, more than 80 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated—making the Turks and Caicos Islands one of the most inoculated countries in the world. 

A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered in adults throughout the country, prioritizing those aged 60 and older or who are immunocompromised. The destination’s commitment to the health and safety of its communities and visitors has also resulted in it receiving an Alert Level 2 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

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Anguilla, Brazil, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Cambodia, Costa Rica, NevisCanada, Fiji and Belize, Dominica have also updated it’s entry requirements. Australia is planning to reopen; Hawaii and Grenada lift COVID restrictions. Papua New Guinea is also welcoming international travelers and Brazil has updated vaccine requirement for kids 5 and older. Plus, St. Maarten moves to endemic strategies.