Turks and Caicos will reopen for international visitors in July
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More good news on reopening from the Caribbean. Turks and Caicos, a group of 40 low-lying coral islands popular with tourists in the Caribbean, is reopening for international visitors beginning 22 July.
This British Overseas Territory includes the island of Providenciales, also known as Provo. Details on the reopening remain sparse, but international flights are resuming. The islands have seen 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
All international flights to the country were suspended until 1 June, and cruise ships were banned through 30 June, but a slow reopening is underway.
Through 22 June, real estate offices and retailers are reopening, and on that same date, inter-island travel begins and church services can resume. Beginning 6 July, hotels and restaurants will begin reopening. On 22 July, the borders will reopen and flights will be permitted to land at Providenciales International Airport (PLS). We don’t know yet what testing, screening or quarantine procedures will be in place, but we should have details in the next few weeks.
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Going to the beach, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and other open-air businesses is currently permitted. Restaurants are also reopening, with restrictions.
Grace Bay Beach in Provo is home to luxury resorts, shops and restaurants. There is a 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north shore that’s great for scuba diving, plus another famous scuba spot on Grand Turk Island. In fact, we first learned about the reopening from the water adventure company Big Blue Collective. They wrote in a press release, “Time for all of us to get our island game on and for you to think about getting back down here. Our boats, kayaks, paddle boards and kites will be ready.”
If you’re looking to fly to PLS, there are no nonstop flights from London. However, you could fly to North America and then continue on from there. Here’s a rundown of how to do that:
- American Airlines: Daily flights resume on 22 July from Miami and Charlotte; Service begins in November from Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW)
- JetBlue: Flights will resume from New York JFK on 22 July; Limited service from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) begins 24 July; Service from Boston starts twice weekly on 10 October
- United: Daily service from Newark EWR begins 22 July; There will also be service on Saturdays from Chicago (ORD) and Houston (IAH) the same day.
- Delta: Daily flights resume on 23 July from Atlanta (ATL); Service from JFK begins 20 December
- Sun Country: On 24 July, limited service begins from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
- Air Canada: Saturday service begins from Toronto’s airport (YYZ) 25 July; There will also be Sunday service from Montreal (YUL) beginning 26 July
- WestJet: Saturday service begins from Toronto’s airport (YYZ) 25 July
To give you a sense of pricing, I found American Airlines flights from Miami on 31 July and returning 7 August for $284 roundtrip or 30,000 miles. So, not a great use of miles.
JetBlue has flights in July from JFK for $459 (£363). Delta flights from Atlanta in July and August were very expensive — $749 (£592) roundtrip, but if your dates are flexible, there’s a better points option — 34,000 SkyMiles.
Where to Stay
Resorts and hotels have different opening dates and the government suggests reaching out to your specific property for specifics.
Hyatt has two hotels available in August, but they are pricey, starting at $500 (£395) or 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
I found at least 141 hotels available for booking July 31-August 7. Prices ranged from $223 (£176) to $770 (£608) a night, so there’s quite a range. Unfortunately, most of those are not points hotels.
Neither Marriott nor Hilton have hotels in the Turks and Caicos.
If you want to recreate Brian Kelly’s trip to the Shore Club, a four-night stay in a basic room from 31 July to 4 August would be $499 (£394) per night plus pretty hefty taxes and fees. Grand total? $2,504 (£1,979) for four nights. Brian paid about $1,799 (£1,422) a night back in 2018, but he secured a huge Suite with room for six and a study. Booking Brian’s room would run you a grand total of $6,223 (£4,917). The Shore Club reopens on 22 July.
Brian also stayed at the incredible Amanyara in 2017. It’s an Aman resort that goes for more than $2,000 a night. Current rates for the entry-level rooms are $1,950 per night before taxes and fees (think an additional 25%).
Featured photo of Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos by waterotter/Getty Images.