Turks and Caicos has announced an update to its entry protocols for travelers as of February 2022, Caribbean Journal has learned.
The destination is now requiring all visitors two years and older to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen before entry.
Tests need to be taken within three days of arrival in Turks and Caicos.
The update lowers the testing age requirement from 10 years old to two years old.
All visitors aged 16 and older must continue to provide proof of full vaccination before entering the country.
Turks and Caicos has additionally announce that weddings are limited to 50 percent of approved capacity, while all patrons 16 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated or present a negative test within 24 hours before entering restaurants, bars, nightclubs and discos.
Social gatherings require attendees 16 and up to be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative test within 24 hours.
Any fully vaccinated visitor who tests positive prior to leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to quarantine with all accompanying persons at their own expense for 10 days, and then undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test on day seven prior to release.
In a statement, Turks and Caicos said the changes represented a “proactive response to the Omicron variant and underscore the destination’s commitment to health and safety, expanding on its already vigilant travel protocols, which have been in place for travelers since July 22, 2020, when Turks and Caicos opened its borders to tourists.”
Around 80 percent of the local population in Turks and Caicos is fully vaccinated, making it one of the most inoculated countries in the world.
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