We’ve all been waiting for the day that we pack our bags and hop on a plane again especially if you’re travelling to sunny Turks and Caicos. While we’re all very excited to welcome you here, we prioritize the health and safety of everyone. The Turks and Caicos Islands government is requiring everyone entering the island, visitors and locals alike, to apply for a Turks and Caicos pre-travel authorization as an extra step to make sure that we prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus.
In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the frequently asked questions to make your application process smooth-sailing.
What are the requirements I need to have before applying for a Turks and Caicos Pre-Travel Authorization?
Before you apply, make sure you have the following requirements:
1. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory (antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted).
Once you have all of your requirements completed, visitors may apply for their pre-travel authorization at least 5 days prior to your arrival date.
Where and How do I Apply for a Turks and Caicos Pre-Travel Authorization?
The Turks and Caicos travel authorization application is done through an online portal. You will be asked to enter your email address, and once you’re done, you will receive a one time pass – OTP code in your email to verify that you are using a legitimate account.
Make sure you use your personal email for verification purposes.
Complete the sheet with your personal details. Don’t forget to double check to make sure everything is correct.
You will then be asked to upload all of your documents to be verified by the Turks and Caicos government for inspection and review. Once your information is verified, a TCI Assured Travel Authorization pass will be issued to the traveler. Make sure you have a printed copy of this with you at all times. You maybe asked to present this form to the airline in order to board your flight to Turks and Caicos, and then again when you land in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Having a screenshot on your phone is not enough as you may not be allowed to use your mobile phones in the immigration area. Please avoid putting these forms in a plastic ring binder or similar as they will have to all be taken out for markup or stamping by the local health officials.
The overall application process should not take you more than 30 minutes to complete, and application may be approved within 15 minutes but can take much longer – 24 hours or more after submission. The time it will take to approve your application depends on the volume of applicants at any given time. During peak days, the Turks and Caicos government officials who manage the travel authorization application screening will be working double time to accommodate everyone’s application and make sure they are approved on time.
Can I complete my travel authorization when I arrive at the Providenciales International Airport?
No. alll travelers will be required to show their pre-travel authorization BEFORE boarding their plane going to Turks and Caicos so you must already have yours by then.
What are the procedures upon arrival at the Providenciales International Airport?
Upon arrival at the airport, visitors must present the following documents to the airport health officer and immigration officer:
2. TCI Assured Travel Authorization
3. Original Copy of the negative RT-PCR Covid 19 test result
4. Turks and Caicos Health Questionnaire (issued onboarding your flight)
A health officer will require you to present these documents for inspection and conduct temperature checks for extra safety measures.
What are the health and safety protocols practiced at the Providenciales International Airport?
Everyone is required to have a physical distance of at least 6 feet from one another. One must also wear masks at all times. Everyone must have their hands sanitized arrival upon entry to the terminal and on departure upon entry. Likewise if you wish to enter the screening area and restaurants at the airport, tour temperature will be take and a security officer will spray your hands with sanitizer before entering.
What are the essentials that I need for my trip?
In addition to your sunscreens and swimwear, be sure to pack a pen to complete your immigration and customs form onboarding your flight, these are presently not provided in the terminal to prevent the spread of Covid, also ensure that you have packed your face masks and a good sanitizer.
Navigating your way through the Providenciales International Airport Arrivals should be easy as long as you prepare all the required documents beforehand, and strictly follow the safety protocols. But in the event that you encounter any issues at the airport, Skypass Caribbean can assist passengers who have booked our services. You may contact us at +1649-946-8108 or simply follow the SkyPass sign and/or look for the Skypass Caribbean kiosk located in the immigration area, an agent will be ready to assist you.
Let us all keep everyone safe so that we may once again enjoy the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos.
For additional information, you may visit https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/