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(Updated on: July 22, 2021)
Turks and Caicos islands reopened to visitors as of July 22nd, 2020 and our resort and island community are excited to be accepting guests again! If you’re considering a Turks and Caicos vacation this year, here’s what you need to know to be prepared for your trip, including what you’ll need to travel, what your resort is doing to help ensure your safety and wellbeing, and what to expect when you’re here.
Leading up to your Turks and Caicos Vacation
It sure is nice to be able to visit your favorite destinations again. A Turks and Caicos vacation can certainly help anyone decompress and replenish with loads of sunshine, beautiful beach days, great food, great fun and ample downtime to delve into a favorite book and momentarily forget about all your worries. Everyone needs a bit of an escape at times, and our idyllic island is the perfect place to do just that.
Before you start packing, there are a few other steps you’ll need to take to prepare for your Turks and Caicos vacation as follows.
Apply for TCI Travel Authorization:
Guests visiting Turks and Caicos are required to apply for TCI Travel Authorization from the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website here. When applying for your Travel Authorization, you’ll be asked to answer health questions and upload your negative COVID-19 test results. You will also be required to provide proof of your travel health insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
COVID testing requirements:
(Updated as of July 22, 2021)
The Turks and Caicos government requires that all guests arriving in Turks and Caicos first receive a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, NAA, RNA, or Antigen test result. Your test must be done within 3 days (72 hours) of your scheduled arrival in Turks and Caicos. The tests must be taken from a medical laboratory with one of the following credentials:
- Accredited by the the College of Americal Pathologists (CAP);
- Registered by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA);
- ISO 15189 Certification.
Antibody tests and home-based tests are not accepted.
For more information about testing and entry requirements:
Requirements before departing Turks & Caicos:
Please refer to our Policies and Procedures page for more detailed instructions on pre-departure testing requirements, restrictions and recommendations.
Travel insurance requirements:
The Turks and Caicos government also requires that all arriving guests have valid Travel Insurance that covers COVID-19 related medical treatment, quarantine costs and medivac costs, which you can read more about here.
What to remember to pack:
Besides your favorite vacation wear, don’t forget to pack an ample amount of sunblock, hats, and eye protection. It’s also a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf and shirt to throw on in the event you get too much sun on your shoulders, and waterproof flip flops are ideal for the beach and walking across warm sand.
Pack any prescription medication you take (in their actual bottles if possible) and it’s always a good idea to pack along a small tube of broad-spectrum antibacterial ointment with a few bandaids (just in case).
Regardless of COVID, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer are always excellent travel essentials to include in your carry-on luggage and purse. They can be used to wipe down surfaces on the plane and clean your hands when a sink is out of reach. As for masks, while our resort and many venues will supply you with a mask upon arrival, for your convenience we recommend you pack some PPE. If you forget to, our resort lobby will offer extra disposable masks that can be purchased.
During Your Turks and Caicos Vacation
Our resort and island community have been busy preparing for your arrival and are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our beautiful oasis with you again. When you arrive, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to feast, forage and forget your worries while you sink your toes into warm, white sand and explore our perfectly calm, clear waters. If you’re a returning guest to Turks and Caicos, you’ll find that much of what you love most about Providenciales, hasn’t changed, with the exception of a few extra safety measures as follows.
At the resort:
The Tuscany resort family and staff are committed to doing our best to ensure your comfort, safety and wellbeing throughout your stay with us. You can learn about the extra precautions and protocols we’ve established here, and what to expect when arriving and enjoying the resort’s common grounds. We do whatever we can to ensure your Turks and Caicos vacation is comfortable, safe and enjoyable.
On the beach:
While our government officials encourage all citizens and guests to maintain physical distancing measures (except for people with whom you’re traveling), practice diligent hand sanitization and wear masks while moving within public spaces, a mask can be worn while at the beach but is not necessary.
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Grace Bay Beach offers plenty of space between beachgoers–even at peak travel times, our beach doesn’t feel crowded. Whether you’re enjoying the beachfront or the poolside at the Tuscany Resort, lounge chairs will be sanitized between guest use and spaced according to physical-distancing protocols (except for the people in your group). Who doesn’t enjoy a little space and privacy anyhow?
Shopping and dining:
You’ve probably heard about the delicious Caribbean food that awaits you here, including conch fritters, fresh seafood and jerk chicken. You won’t be disappointed! When you’re considering your restaurant and beach bar options, feel free to ask our concierge for suggestions, and look for restaurants that display the TCI Assured Certification seal which symbolizes their compliance with all COVID-19 Health Protocols.
Upon arriving at shops and restaurants, expect to be asked to sanitize your hands before entering. You will also be required to wear a mask when entering, exiting and moving throughout shops and restaurants, but you can remove your mask while seated at your table.
If your group consists of 6 or more people, restaurants require that you make reservations with them in advance so that they can make arrangements to accommodate your group.
These precautions are in place to help reduce potential exposure when physical distancing measures can’t be maintained.
As part of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ safety measures, an island curfew is in effect from 11 pm – 5 am. While our island’s shops and restaurants close at 8 pm, this doesn’t affect resort restaurants and amenities, which are free to remain open later.
Activities and excursions:
One of the many reasons that inspire people to vacation in Turks and Caicos over other destinations is for our extraordinary beaches and clear, calm waters that are ideal for snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, fishing, sailing and more. When you’re here, you’ll have your choice of several activities to experience, including watersports, golf, tennis, horseback riding, chartered excursions and more. There’s plenty of things to do and experience during your Turks and Caicos vacation.
Most activity operators and facilities are open to guests, and will each have their own set of safety requirements. For example, charters are required to limit the size of groups, maintain physical distance between guests and staff, and require PPE when boarding and moving throughout the vessel or common areas. You will not, however, be required to wear PPE during water activities (for obvious reasons).
If a particular activity interests you, inquire with our concierge or contact the activity operator directly for details before booking,
Located at the quieter end of Grace Bay Beach, the Tuscany resort offers guests privacy while placing you within close proximity to beach bars, restaurants, shops and attractions. Our resort offers complimentary use of bicycles, and our concierge will be happy to recommend a car rental service or arrange a taxi for you. When you reserve your stay at the Tuscany, you’ll hear from our pre-arrivals concierge who can help arrange transportation from the airport.
In The Event of an Emergency
What to do if you experience symptoms:
If you are a guest of the Tuscany resort, and If you or someone in your travel group develop symptoms of COVID or other illness during your visit, you are required to immediately contact The Ministry of Health COVID-19 hotline at 649-232-9444 or 649-333-0911 for information and instructions on what to do next.
Where to go if you require medical care:
Providenciales has one hospital, Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, which is within easy reach and can provide you with excellent care until arrangements are made to get you home.
Prior to Departure
COVID testing requirements:
As of January 26th, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires that all air-passengers (over the age of 2 years) returning to the United States obtain proof of negative COVID-19 test no more than 3-days prior to boarding their flights home.
In accordance with these new CDC guidelines for all air passengers returning to the United States, The Tuscany has partnered with Seven Stars Resort to offer our guests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing before their departure. Testing will be carried out by a certified lab technician at a designated rapid testing location at the nearby Seven Stars resort.
To arrange for your rapid antigen test:
- Upon arrival and check-in at The Tuscany, speak with our concierge about reserving your COVID-19 test to take place three days before your departure..
- Testing must be performed 72 to 24 hours before your departure.
- Same-day results are available (within 30-45 minutes).
- Airlines require that all air passengers provide proof of negative COVID-19 test (or proof of recovery) before boarding. More information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
- PCR testing is also available at an additional cost of $185 USD per person (subject to change).
Get Expert Help Planning Your Trip
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled family vacation, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos offers the perfect balance between outdoor adventure and blissful relaxation. For help planning your best vacation yet, consult with local travel agents in Turks and Caicos, Susan & Val. Susan and Val live in Providenciales and are super familiar with our community and all the things to do, see, and explore while you’re here. They’ll take all the guesswork out of trip planning, so all you have to do is decide what to pack and try to contain your excitement until you’re here.
Privacy, Luxury and Comfort with a Beachfront View
Imagine retreating to an airy and spacious suite that feels like your own luxurious vacation home, with a screened porch and large windows overlooking one of the most beautiful and idyllic beach fronts in the world?
A full-sized and stocked, gourmet kitchen gives you the option to prepare your favorite snacks and late morning breakfasts when you want a break from dining out, and your own in-suite laundry room means you can pack light and not return home with a suitcase full of dirty laundry after your trip.
Conveniently located to Providenciales’ best dining, shopping and activities while being nestled at the quieter end of Grace Bay Beach, guests of the Tuscany Resort take pleasure in the tranquil privacy and luxurious touches that our resort affords them while having one of the most spectacular beaches at their doorstep.
The Tuscany on Grace Bay isn’t just a place you visit, it’s a place you experience and when you do, you’ll understand why most guests keep coming back.
When you’re ready to plan your Turks and Caicos vacation:
Save up to 40% on accommodations at the Tuscany by taking advantage of our seasonal specials. If you’re considering a longer visit, contact us to inquire about our special long-term rates for guests staying with us for two weeks or longer.
On behalf of the Tuscany family and team, we look forward to welcoming you!