The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, the exclusive tourism authority for the Turks and Caicos Islands, is proud to announce that the destination has received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The stamp of approval denotes the Turks and Caicos Islands’ existing safety protocols align with the core requirements established by the WTTC, along with governments and health experts, which are designed to standardize safe travel.
“We are pleased to receive the Safe Travels Stamp from the WTTC and feel certain this certification of our hygiene and safety protocols, combined with our TCI Assured program, will further build upon traveler confidence in safely visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board.
“Our Safe Travels stamp is proving a great success and we are delighted to see even more popular countries and destinations adopt our global health and hygiene protocols,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO. “The success of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp shows its importance not only to countries and destinations but also, crucially, to travelers and the 330 million people around the world who work in and depend on, travel and tourism sector.”
The WTTC health and safety guidelines were developed to adhere to precise guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Safe Travels initiative has also received the recognition and support of the United National World Tourism Organization. To achieve the Safe Travels Stamp, the Turks and Caicos Islands ensured its safety guidelines aligned with the WTTC’s core requirements, including specific protocols taken behind the scenes and when welcoming guests. These include, but are not limited to, urging proper physical distancing, enforcing capacity limits, ensuring proper hand washing techniques and sanitation, among other core ‘Safe Travels’ requirements.
The Turks and Caicos Islands has also established the TCI Assured quality assurance portal on the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website which serves to certify international travelers for arrival. A travel authorization is provided only after visitors have provided proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test results from an accredited healthcare facility at least five days prior to their arrival to the destination, proof of medical insurance, and a completed health screening questionnaire. A 14-day quarantine period is not required for visitors once they have tested negative for the virus.
Upon arrival to the airport, visitors can expect to present their TCI Assured certifications to local authorities, all of whom wear personal protective equipment, before proceeding through immigration where temperature checks for each traveler, will also occur.
The Turks and Caicos Islands – home to the “World’s Best Beach” – is a coveted five-star luxury vacation destination for leisure, business, and notable guests from around the globe. With nine main islands of about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays, the destination is inherently safe for travel in this new paradigm of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy, spacious resort accommodations and unique portfolio of extraordinary private villas and private islands vacations.
For more information on the Turks and Caicos Islands, visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com.