TCIAA Urges Travelers To Contact Airlines Concerning US Lifting Pre-COVID Travel Test


The Turk and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) is advising travelers to check with their airlines concerning the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rescinding its order requiring negative pre-departure COVID’19 Test prior to flight to the United States.



Godfrey Smith, CEO TCIAA

The order comes into effect at 20:01 on Sunday, June 12.


Rescinding the pre-departure COVID -19 test, ends one of the United States’ longest-running travel restrictions of the pandemic.


The rule, put in place by the Trump administration in early 2021 and later tightened by the Biden administration, most recently required inbound travelers, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a negative Covid test a day before boarding U.S.-bound flights. Travelers entering the U.S. at land border crossings were exempt.


The TCIAA stated that it is important that travelers get in touch with their airlines to acquire the most accurate information.


“The TCIAA wishes to advise the General and traveling public, that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that the Order requiring persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, will be rescinded, effective Sunday June 12, 2022, at 12:01AM ET. The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority would like to advise passengers to contact their various airlines for further information,” the statement said.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would reassess the decision in 90 days, according to a senior Biden administration official.


“If there is a need to reinstate a pre-departure testing requirement — including due to a new, concerning variant — CDC will not hesitate to act,” the official said.


The TCIAA said that further information can be had at: www.tciairports.com.


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