Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Turks and Caicos reopens borders for international travel from July 22. Cruise ports still closed. Internal operating protocols remain.

  • Alert Begins: 22 Jul 2020 10:28 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Territorywide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

As of July 22, authorities in Turks and Caicos have reopened the territory's airports to regional and international passenger transport. The cruise center, however, will only reopen Aug. 31. All air and sea ports were closed March 24 in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. All arriving nonresident foreign nationals and returning legal residents and citizens must obtain pre-authorization by providing a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival, proof of medical insurance, and a completed health screening questionnaire.

Domestically, most restrictive measures have been lifted; however, operating protocols for businesses and other activities remain unchanged. Businesses must continue to limit the number of customers allowed within their premises to ensure social distancing and must enhance sanitation procedures. All businesses are to remain closed on Sundays, though recreational activities are permitted. Religious and social gatherings may have up to 25 people in attendance; attendance logs must be kept for formal events. All individuals are required to ensure physical distancing and must wear a protective face mask in public spaces.

Lingering business disruptions are likely to persist even as commercial activity resumes. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Like Turks and Caicos, several governments have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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