In the wake of the global proliferation of the novel coronavirus, the Turks and Caicos government has announced the closure of its airports to international commercial passenger and general aviation flights.
The closure will take effect on Wednesday March 24 and will continue until April 14.
For the purposes of preventing, controlling and suppressing the spread of the virus all airports will be closed to regional and international flights; and no visitor will be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands for the twenty-one day period.
The restriction does not apply to outgoing flights, cargo flights, courier flights, medevac flights, technical stops (stops by aircraft to refuel and proceed onward to another destination), emergency flights or Turks and Caicos nationals or residents returning to the Islands.
Returning nationals and residents will be subjected to screening, passenger tracing and clinical examination at port of entry for the purposes of surveillance by the Chief Medical officer.
They may be 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.
As at 12pm on March 20, the Ministry of Health advised that the Turks and Caicos Islands had 5 suspected cases of COVID-19.