FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, the exclusive tourism authority for the Turks and Caicos Islands, is proud to announce that the destination has been added to England’s travel corridor list. The decision, which was shared by the United Kingdom’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on November 12, 2020, means that effective immediately, UK travelers will not have to quarantine upon returning home following a visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The destination’s addition to the travel corridor list represents its vigilance in curbing the spread of COVID-19 and the success of its safety protocols.
“We are excited to learn that the Turks and Caicos Islands has been added to England’s safe travel corridor list, allowing us to more easily welcome visitors,” said Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands. “While we are encouraged by this decision, we remain focused on the continued protection against the pandemic and are requiring international travelers to become certified by TCI Assured, our quality assurance portal. Government protocols are also in place to ensure visitors can safely enjoy the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
News of the travel corridor list comes on the heels of the Turks and Caicos Islands receiving the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel Council, which denotes that its existing safety protocols align with the core requirements established by the WTTC, along with governments and health experts, which are designed to standardize safe travel. These include, but are not limited to, urging proper physical distancing, enforcing capacity limits, requiring masks in public places, ensuring proper hand washing techniques and sanitation, among other core ‘Safe Travels’ requirements.
The Turks and Caicos Islands’ TCI Assured has also established the quality assurance portal, which lives on the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website and serves to certify international travelers for arrival. A travel authorization is provided only after visitors have provided proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test results from an accredited healthcare facility within five days prior to their arrival to the destination, proof of medical insurance, and a completed health screening questionnaire. A 14-day quarantine period is not required for visitors once they have tested negative for the virus.
Upon arrival to the airport, visitors can expect to present their TCI Assured certifications to local authorities, all of whom wear personal protective equipment, before proceeding through immigration where temperature checks for each traveler will also occur.
The Turks and Caicos Islands – home to the “World’s Best Beach” – is a coveted five-star luxury vacation destination for leisure, business, and notable guests from around the globe. With nine main islands and about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays, the destination is inherently safe for travel in this new paradigm of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy, spacious resort accommodations, and unique portfolio of extraordinary private villas and private islands vacations.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board encourages travelers to consider Turks and Caicos as a vacation destination for 2020 and 2021. The Islands’ award-winning hotels and resorts, private villas, restaurants and bars, and tour operators have reopened and are accepting bookings.
About the Turks and Caicos Island Tourist Board
Home to the “World’s Best Beach,” breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks and Caicos Islands beckons guests to an undiscovered Caribbean. The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, nine of which are inhabited. World-class hotels, spas, and restaurants await along with famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, guests are invited to relax in the unique serenity, hospitality and beauty of this extraordinary destination
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