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An update from Turks and Caicos Public and Environmental Health

Today the following advisory was issued by Turks and Caicos Islands Public and Environmental Health (Control Measures).  Below is the announcement issued entitled: Travel Advisory # 3 The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board continue to work along with the
Ministry of Health as we prepare for the possibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos Islands as of today 20th March 2020 reported zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus.

The safety and security of the traveling population is our major concern. We would like to advise
visitors and travel industry partners of the recent changes in regulations that will affect travel to the
destination. Please take note of the following : The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020
which will come into operation on 24th March 2020.

Closure of Airports and Sea Ports
(1) For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the virus—
(a) all airports shall be closed to regional and international flights;
(b) all sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring; and
(c) no visitor shall be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands,
for a period of twenty-one days, commencing on the date these Regulations come into force or until such date as the Governor may be notice specify.

(2) The restriction contained in subregulation (1) does not apply to—
(a) outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be;
(b) cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be;
(c) courier flights;
(d) medevac flights;
(e) technical stops (stops by aircraft to refuel and proceed onward to another destination);
(f) emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Airports Authority; or
(g) a Turks and Caicos Islander or resident returning to the Islands.

(3) A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident who, at the date of commencement of these Regulations, had traveled to the Islands from a place outside the Islands, shall be—
(a) subjected to screening and passenger tracing at port of entry;
(b) subjected to clinical examination at port of entry;
(c) for the purposes of surveillance by the Chief Medical officer, required to remain at home or
such other place of quarantine as specified by the Chief Medical officer and subject to such
conditions as are provided by the Chief Medical Officer, for a period of fourteen days.

Screening Requirements
4. (1) For the purposes of these Regulations, the screening and clinical examination requirements, in relation to a person are requirements to the effect that a person shall—
(a) answer questions about his health or other relevant circumstances (including travel history
and information about other individuals with whom he may have had contact);
(b) produce any documents which may assist a medical officer in assessing his health;
(c) at such time as a medical officer may specify, allow a medical officer, to take a biological
sample the person, including a sample of his respiratory secretions or blood, by appropriate
means including by swabbing his nasopharyngeal cavity, or provide such a sample; and
(d) provide sufficient information to enable the person to be contacted immediately by a
medical officer during such period as a medical officer may specify, where the medical officer
considers that such provision of information is necessary in order to reduce or remove the risk
of the person infecting or contaminating others.

For full details and guidance on the Emergency Powers Regulation COVID-19 20th March 2020
please go to:

Please be reminded that: As of March 17th the list of ‘infected countries’ in Regulation 2 of the Public and Environmental Health (Control Measures)(COVID-19) Regulations 2020 has been amended to include the following additional countries which are experiencing sustained in country transmission and may pose a risk to the public health of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This list is based on the CDCs travel advisories which lists the following countries as having widespread ongoing transmission (level 3 warning). The expansion includes the following countries;
a. Austria
b. Belgium
c. Czech Republic
d. Denmark
e. Estonia
f. Finland
g. France
h. Germany
i. Greece
j. Hungary
k. Iceland
l. Italy
m. Latvia
n. Liechtenstein
o. Lithuania
p. Luxembourg
q. Malta
r. Netherlands
s. Norway
t. Poland
u. Portugal
v. Slovakia
w. Slovenia
x. Spain
y. Sweden
z. Switzerland
aa. Monaco
ab. San Marino
ac. Vatican City

In addition to the above screening protocols, travelers coming from such states will be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms over the subsequent 14 days and if they develop symptoms, then immediately call the Ministry of Heath’s Coronavirus hotline: (649) 333-0911 and (649) 232-9444.

The government continues to monitor this fluid situation and will update the general public regularly.

For additional information, please visit, or email [email protected].

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Island Hopping the Caicos Bank

The Turks and Caicos Islands lie in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the Bahamas, and about forty minutes by plane from Miami and the North American mainland.

The archipelago of 40 cays and islets sits on a sea mount called the Caicos Bank, which rises up from the Atlantic Ocean. Each cay is unique and provides a glimpse of life in the Caribbean in times gone by. And all around is a spectacular shallow turquoise sea of the Caicos Bank.

Turks and Caicos Map
By Flickr user Rian Castillo. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A String of 40 Islands and Cays

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays (pronounced keys) that rise above the submerged Caicos Bank, including our own island of Providenciales, or Provo. Provo is one of the Caicos islands. Middle and East Caicos can be reached fairly easily from Providenciales. Salt Cay, in the southeast corner of the Caicos Bank, is harder to reach. To the east of the Caicos Islands, across the Caicos Channel,  lies island of Grand Turk.

Exploring the Caicos Islands Chain

While Grand Turk is an interesting place, if you’re staying on Providenciales it’s easiest to plan an adventure to isolated spots on the Caicos Bank, to visit the Caicos Islands.

The Caicos islands are:

  • Providenciales
  • Middle Caicos
  • North Caicos
  • South Caicos
  • East Caicos
  • West Caicos

Each has its own unique character, and provides a glimpse of the Caribbean of days gone by.


The Sands at Grace Bay is located on the calmer, leeward side of Providenciales. Grace Bay Beach is protected from strong trade winds that power the large breakers which are very popular with surfers and kiteboarders on other parts of the island.

Island tours can be arranged from Providenciales, typically by ferry or by plane. The ferry to Middle Caicos leaves from Blue Haven Marina on Leeward, while flights to other cays depart from Providenciales Airport.

North Caicos

After landing on North Caicos you will set off to explore the conch bar caves and venture deep inside the earth with your native guide to view stalactites and stalagmites, bats, white owls and incredible limestone formations.

Middle Caicos

However, now that you’re on North Caicos, continuing to travel on to Middle Caicos is well-worth the effort. A narrow sandy causeway connects the two islands. While it is possible to walk the trail to reach Middle Caicos, it would take far too long.

Caving on Middle Caicos

This adventure begins with a scenic boat ride from Provo to North Caicos—you can most easily get to the caves of Middle Caicos from North Caicos—where you’ll stop along the way to snorkel on the barrier reef.

Middle Caicos itself is home to just 300 full-time residents. It’s a wonderful day trip by boat from Provo.

East Caicos

East Caicos is an uninhabited island but is large in size being 18 square miles. Swamps and mangroves inundate a majority of the island, you can find the highest point of the islands here. There is a splendid 17 mile beach on the northcoast of the island, this is usually only used by sea turtles to lay their eggs because of the large mosquito population.

South Caicos

Located to the southeast of Middle Caicos, South Caicos is not a day trip. Instead South Caicos is a destination in its own right. It can be accessed by water taxi, but it’s far easier to fly there.

Island Hopping in the Turks and Caicos

Full Day Caicos Bank Cruise (Dream Day Getaway)

If you want to truly experience the wild, natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos, a full-day trip up the Caicos Bank to the east of Grace Bay and the Leeward side of Providenciales is the way to do it.

As its name suggests, Caicos Bank is notable for its shallow, crystal-clear water and white sands.

The full day excursion makes a stop at Leeward Reef for snorkeling right from the boat. Leeward reef is located off the northeastern, leeward tip of Providenciales and has been left relatively untouched by development.

The tour also explores some of the more remote cays that most visitors never get to see. One of these small islands is Fort George Cay, less than an hour by boat to the east of our resort.

Fort George Cay is an uninhabited island that once was home to a small fort that protected the Caicos islands from pirates. Some of the gun emplacements still remain, which makes for an incredible beachcombing experience.

As part of its full-day excursion, Caicos Dream Tours provides a delicious BBQ feast.

After lunch the tour resumes with snorkeling at the spectacular coral beds off Pine Cay and exploration stop at Half Moon Bay.

Private Tours to North and Middle Caicos

North and Middle Caicos are the two largest islands in the country. They lie to the east of Providenciales and are connected by a sandbar. Few people live on these islands, and they offer a chance to get a glimpse of the Caribbean of the past.

Both cays feature some fantastic scenery and equally fantastic beaches. Middle Caicos is famous for Mudjin Harbour’s beautiful beach, located on the northern shore of the island and the spectacular Conch Bar Caves.

Plan Your Excursion

The excursions may be conveniently booked by guests of The Sands at Grace Bay at our Tour Desk, located by our main swimming pool. Learn more here.


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New Turks and Caicos Flights

This Month in Turks and Caicos (December, 2015)

Non-stop flights between Chicago and PLS (Providenciales)

United Airlines started nonstop Turks and Caicos flights this month! The flights depart from from Chicago (ORD) to Providenciales (PLS). These non-stop flights to Turks and Caicos continue throughout the busy winter and spring months, and end on April 30, 2016.

The new direct flights between snowy Chicago and sunny Turks and Cacios will operate on Saturdays. The flights come just in time for the chilly winter travel season.

The outbound Boeing 737-800 flight will depart from Chicago Saturdays at 10:40 a.m., arriving in Providenciales at 3:40 p.m., while the return flight will depart Providenciales at 1:49 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:09 PM.

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Turks and Caicos flights: new air service to all major cays

In December Caicos Express Airways announced a new regional “island hopping” service. This service is between Providenciales and a number of smaller cays across Turks and Caicos.

Besides offering flights to exotic South Caicos and out-of-the-way North Caicos, the locally-based airline also offers flights to BahamasCubaJamaicaCayman IslandsHispaniola (Dominican Republic & Haiti), and Eastern Caribbean.

New InterCaribbean  air service also up and running

InterCaribbean Airways has also introduced new flights from their home base on Providenciales, connecting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Antigua and Barbuda. Read more.





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Delta Expanding Turks and Caicos Flights from East Coast

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Delta Airlines will expand its services from Boston and New York Kennedy to Turks and Caicos with the launch of year-round Saturday flights from both cities on March 8, 2014. The new Turks and Caicos flights will be on Airbus A320 aircraft.

Seating between 180 and 200 people, the A320 flies a little faster and features great amenities in economy class including personal entertainment consoles and better lighting.

Delta currently already operates a daily nonstop flight from Atlanta to Providenciales.

According to the airline, Delta is New York City’s largest and fastest growing carrier, and Delta has acknowledged the Turks and Caicos as “the foremost destination in the Caribbean,” so it looks like the expanded service will remain in place for some time.

Providenciales Airport itself launched an expansion project in early 2013 that should be completed in time for the start of the 2014 winter high season.

In other news, Air Turks & Caicos, the national airline of Turks & Caicos Islands has changed its name to InterCaribbean Airways.

Turks and Caicos flight info

When researching a flight to the Turks and Caicos, keep in mind that the Airport Code for Providencialies is PLS.

Other useful links to Turks and Caicos flights can be found here.

Flying times from major cities with direct flights serving Providenciales:

Nassau 45 minutes
Puerta Plata & Santiago, DR 45 minutes
Cap Haitian and Port au Prince, Haiti 45 minutes
Montego Bay/Kingston 1 hour
Atlanta 2 hours
Charlotte, NC 2:15
Philadelphia 2:45
New York 3 hours
Boston 3:15
Toronto 3:30
Montreal 3:30
London 8 hours