Department of Library Service Virtual Read-a-Thon 2020

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services

DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES                                                                    


Turks and Caicos Islands





Department of Library Service virtual Read-a-Thon 2020


The Department of Library Services within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services will be hosting its first virtual Read-a-thon from August 10-14, 2020 under the theme “E-Book: the new Look” 


The format for the Competition has been adjusted due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the need to adhere to the various protocols issued by Ministry of Health. The goals of the Competition though remains the same, which is to promote the habit of reading, introduce children to a wide variety of reading materials and encourage them to develop a love for books.


The Competition is opened to students throughout Turks and Caicos between the ages of 6-14 years old across three sub age groups (6-8, 9-11 and 12-14). For the first time this year the titles to be read will only be available online on the EBSCO database to which the Ministry of Education maintains a subscription. Participants will be asked to select e-titles from the list that will be prepared and submit book reports on a designated form.


Registration begins July 29, 2020. For further information, contact the staff at the undermentioned Libraries.


Providenciales Public Library: 941-7646

Victoria Public Library: 946-2716

Kew Public Library: 946-7095

Bottle Creek Public Library: 946-7751

South Caicos Public Library: 242-3604




Ministry of Health reports on breach in Travel Protocols

Press release


Ministry of Health reports on breach in Travel Protocols


On Wednesday 22nd July 2020, which marked the reopening of the TCI’s International and Regional Borders, the Ministry of Health staff responsible for Port Health and Surveillance at the Providenciales International Airport, through its rigorous screening process, identified two travelers with inadequate health documentation who were flagged for additional review.


These individuals were interviewed and swabbed as per Health Protocols before leaving the airport and the National Public Health Laboratory subsequently identified that one of the persons tested positive for COVID-19.


An investigation is ongoing into how this breach occurred to prevent further occurrences. The Public Health Team has commenced contact tracing.  Persons on flight AA1279 on July 22, 2020 are advised to self-monitor for symptoms or signs of COVID-19 for the next 14 days and to contact the Health Hotlines on (649) 232 9444 or (649) 333 0911 for further advice and guidance.


The Minister of Health, Hon. Edwin Astwood, added that he is pleased that the system in place works in identifying breaches in the testing requirements.  He is also pleased and proud with the success of his staff within the Ministry of Health having the ability to ensure that the individuals were swabbed and tested within a short period of time. 

The general and traveling public are reminded that The Turks And Caicos Islands Public And Environmental Health (Control Measures)(Covid-19)(Arriving Passengers Health Clearance) Regulations 2020 came into force on 22 July 2020 and stipulates the requirements for travelers wishing to enter the TCI. These regulations are designed to safeguard both residents and travelers by mitigating the risk of the importation of COVID-19 into the TCI through a number of measures inclusive of the requirement for a negative pre-arrival PCR COVID-19 tests taken no more than 5 days prior to departure to TCI.


Information required for travel should be uploaded to the travel portal 72 hours prior to travel and includes but is not limited to;

  • Contact information, including name, address, date of birth, nationality;
  • Passport number;
  • Type of transport;
  • Flight information, including date of travel, date of departure, airline, flight number;
  • Intended address(es) throughout their stay in the Islands;
  • Details of travel within the fourteen days before arrival in the Islands;
  • Declaration of health, including disclosure of symptoms, previous COVID-19 positive test results and close contact with known infected individuals;
  • Upload approved documentary evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR COVID-19) test from an accredited laboratory, as provided in regulation 5 undertaken no more than five days prior to travel to the Islands; and
  • Upload proof of health or travel insurance cover, as provided in regulation 6; and
  • Obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorisation
  • Every person arriving in the Islands shall produce a copy of his TCI Assured Travel Authorisation (printed or electronic) and the original copy of the negative PCR COVID-19 test result to an immigration officer and a health officer at the port of entry
  • Every person arriving in the Islands shall complete and submit to a health officer at the port of entry, a health screening questionnaire for COVID-19.
  • A visitor who fails to produce a TCI Assured Travel Authorisation may be refused leave to enter the Islands by an immigration
  • A visitor or resident who fails to produce the TCI Assured Travel Authorisation as required under subregulation (2), shall be subject to a fine of $3,000 by the Director of Immigration.
  • The fine under subregulation (5) shall be payable to the Government.


Persons are reminded to comply with the requirements or be subject to the penalties as outlined above.


For additional information, please visit the Tourist Boards website at



Department of Youth Affairs - SAVING OUR BOYS





Department of Youth Affairs - SAVING OUR BOYS


The Department of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services Leadership Forum HJ Robinson High Grand Turk on July 27th -28th,2020 under the theme “From Boys to Men”.


Saving our boys is an ongoing program, held every year. Violence against youth is still an everyday reality in the Turks and Caicos, where social service professionals are the first ones to come into contact with youth, who are victims of violence, but are still not necessarily properly identifying, reporting or referring cases to ensure an appropriate response to the issue.


The training sessions will take place each day and will encompass a start time of 9am--3pm with 45 minutes for lunch break. There will also be break-out sessions that will deal with various case scenarios to better hone the training objectives and principles.


Outline of Forum

The outline of the areas to cover is as follows:

  • The Importance of Personal Identity and Culture
  • The Importance of Family and Family Structure
  • The Importance of Educational Empowerment
  • The Importance of National Pride
  • The Importance of Financial Literacy and Money Management
  • The Importance of Avoiding Criminal Enterprise and the Criminal Justice System
  • Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Round Table and Sounding Board Session
  • Cutting A Personal Covenant to Succeed


For further information, contact

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grand Turk: 338-5101

Provo: 443-5299

North Caicos:338-6441

South Caicos: 338-6205






Saving Our Sons is a book dedicated to youth looking to gain control of their destiny. This book will encourage, motivate, and inspire our sons to achieve greatness in their everyday lives. Our sons are facing several challenges that should cause great alarm. If the future of young African American boys is going to be bright, changes must be made in this country. As long as imprisonment, murder, and unemployment are on the rise we have work to do in our communities. This book takes an in-depth look into the need for positive mentors and role models for our sons.


The program is offered to young Black men, ages 14-19.  The course will include, though not limited to, the art of blogging, video production, and social media. 





Three Degree Office Complex

Airport Road, Grand Turk,

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-2937     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


23rd July, 2020

Office of the Premier

Hilly Ewing Building, Leeward Highway

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-5750/5643     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Press Release




The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services in collaboration with the Departments of Labour and Immigration would like to remind the General Public that in accordance with Section 32 and 33 of the Immigration Ordinance of the 2018 Revised Laws of Turks and Caicos, Permits are authorized by the Director of Immigrations and the Board or Commissioner of Labour for persons to reside or engage in gainful occupations and these Permit are issued with conditions or restrictions set out in the Permit. Full adherence to the conditions is expected.


The public is further reminded of the following immigration offences:


  • In accordance with Section 102 (d) of the Immigration Ordinance of the 2018 Revised Laws of Turks and Caicos, it is an offence to remain within the Islands beyond the time permitted by an Immigration Officer.


  • A person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of two years, or to both; and if the offence is a continuing one, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for every day or part of a day on which the offence has continued.


  • A person commits an offence in accordance with section 19 (1) (g) and (2) of the prescribed ordinance, which states that a person shall not engage in any gainful occupation in the islands unless in the possession of a valid permit issued under section 31,39 or 40, which a person shall not employ whether on his own behalf or on behalf of another person whether under a contract of employment or a contract for services who under subsection (1) is prohibited from engaging in any gainful occupation.


Please note this press release applies to the following categories:


  1. Individuals whose work permit has expired and current employer does not intend to renew;
  2. Individuals whose work permit has been cancelled;
  3. Individuals who are currently unemployed, and will be unemployed for several months after the curfew has been lifted;
  4. If your temporary work permit has expired
  5. Persons whose visitor’s visa has expired and you remained in the country illegally


Visitors are reminded to seek extensions from the Immigration Departments to cover period of stay.

We hasten to add that this does not apply to the following category of persons:


  1. Turks and Caicos Islanders;
  2. British Overseas Territory Citizens;
  3. Holders of Permanent Residence Certificates and endorsees;
  4. Holders of valid Residence Permits and endorsees;
  5. Holders of current Work Permits and endorsee or those currently in the renewal process;
  6. Permits that remain at appeal status;


Hon Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister with responsibility for Immigration and the Departments of both Immigration and Labour and Employment Services, in his comments stated that now that our borders and that of other countries are opened to international air traffic, all persons residing and or working in the Turks and Caicos Islands illegally should make plans to return to their home country or to any other country, which would welcome them or face legal consequences for their actions.


He went on to thank all concerned for their full cooperation and compliance.










The Turks and Caicos Islands Government joined the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) in January 2020.  The organization held its 2020 Annual General Meeting via webinar on Monday, July 20, 2020 which was attended by the Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Mrs. Athenee Harvey-Basden, Permanent Secretary and Mrs. Shonia D. Thomas-Been, Deputy Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment.  There were over 90 delegates in attendance; one of the largest conferences ever.


The Hon. Premier in speaking as a new associate member of the WOCCU, expressed her gratitude to the WOCCU for accepting the TCIG’s request to join; making it the first Government Associate Member in the organization’s 49-year history.  The Hon. Premier emphasized her intentions to utilize all the privileges that membership would bring, whilst too, offering support to furthering objectives of the movement around the world.


As an associate member of the WOCCU the Turks and Caicos Islands Government will benefit from a network of 85,400 institutions in over 118 countries that use credit unions (co-operatives) as a global focus to foster financial inclusion toward the improvement of lives and the financial wellbeing of members.


A delegation from the echelons of the WOCCU was scheduled to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands in March 2020 to conduct stakeholder consultations, and to assist the TCI (Government and Private Sector) in conceptualizing the blueprint for co-operative saving and lending in the country. This, following the recent passage of legislation and prudential standards that will govern credit unions in the territory.  Meetings were postponed owing to the impending effects of COVID-19 on world travel, the imposition of number controlled gatherings and social distancing requirements.


The Appropriations Bill of Financial Year 2020/2021, passed in the House of Assembly in April 2020 included an injection of $250K as seed funding for the inception of the Civil Service Credit Union.  The TCIG is committed to ensuring that the service gap pertaining to access to finance faced by the unbanked and under-banked in the TCI is filled as access to credit is a main determinant of success in small business development as well as personal finance.  The TCIG undoubtedly sees credit unions as an integral part of the solution.


The co-operative movement has long been considered as having a primary goal of addressing the common needs of its membership through enterprises that are jointly owned and democratically managed such as credit unions.  The movement continues to see remarkable growth.

World Council of Credit Unions articulates its key role as building, championing, defending and growing the global credit union community by advocating for its members, and by providing education, training and technical assistance to advance financial cooperatives worldwide.  The movement thrives on the credit union values of “cooperation” and “people helping people”.


The 2020 World Credit Union Conference which was to be held in Los Angeles, California was canceled this year amidst COVID-19 related concerns.  However, the 2021 World Credit Union Conference is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, July 11-14, 2021, circumstances permitting; and will be co-hosted with Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL).



Turks & Caicos Government

Office of the Governor

Office of the Deputy Governor