Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas

Health Alert

Location: Turks and Caicos Islands

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos government has announced that there are five suspected cases.

On March 20, the Ministry of Health announced travel restrictions which will take effect at midnight on March 24. All airports will be closed to regional and international flights; all sea ports will be closed to regional and international seafaring; and no visitor will be permitted to enter or transit through the Turks and Caicos Islands through midnight on April 14, 2020 or until such date as the Governor may by notice specify. These restrictions do not apply to (a) outgoing flights or outgoing ships; (b) cargo flights or cargo ships; (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. A Turks and Caicos Islander or resident who, at as March 24 had travelled to the Turks and Caicos from another country, will be subjected to screening, passenger tracing and clinical examination at port of entry; and required to remain at home or such other place of quarantine as specified by the Chief Medical Officer for a period of fourteen days.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

Visit the local government COVID-19 webpage for updated information. The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline numbers are +1-649-333-0911 and +1-649-232-9444.

Effective March 16, U.S. Embassy Nassau has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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