EXTENSION OF TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR REGISTRATION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

PRESS RELEASE

 

EXTENSION OF TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR REGISTRATION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

 

The Emergency Powers (Covid-19) (Health Professions) Regulations 2020 was made by the Governor

under section 4(1) of the Emergency Powers Ordinance and article 6(1) of the Emergency Powers

(Overseas Territories) Order 2017.

 

It came into operation on June 10, 2020 and shall expire on December 31, 2020, unless earlier revoked.

This Regulation extends the transitional period for registration for a health professional who before June

10, 2019, was registered and licensed as a health practitioner under the repealed Health Practitioners

Ordinance. The Health Registrar, with the approval of the relevant Council, may endorse the extension of

a practitioner on an existing licence, or issue an interim licence at a fee of $50 until December 31, 2020.

 

The Regulation states that a health professional who wishes to be registered and licensed as a practitioner

in the Islands shall submit an application for registration and licensing under the Health Professions

Ordinance no later than August 31, 2020. Health professionals are encouraged to continue to submit

applications for registration with the Health Secretariat, noting the deadline of August 31, 2020. This will

enable the Councils to complete the process of applications by December 31, 2020.

 

A person who submits an application shall follow the procedures set out in the Health Professions

Ordinance and the Health Professions Regulations and ensure that the application complies with all the

requirements set out under the Ordinance and Regulations; and that applications are submitted with the

relevant documentation required as listed on page 4 of the application form for Registration.

 

Any new applications for health professionals who were not registered and licensed under the Health

Practitioners Ordinance, may continue to be submitted as is provided in the Health Professions Ordinance

and Regulations.

 

The Health Secretariat

 

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Virtual live discussion on Covid 19 and Domestic Violence on June 15-17

 

Virtual live discussion on Covid 19 and Domestic Violence on June 15-17

 

The Department of Gender Affairs, under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Library and Social Services, will be hosting a virtual live discussion on Covid 19 and Domestic Violence on June 15-17 nightly at 6pm from the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Gender Affairs Facebook page.

 

The purpose of these three powerful, intense discussions is to increase public awareness about Domestic Violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands and to discuss the nature and dynamics of Domestic Violence and survival strategies for our viewers through a multi- sectorial approach.

 

We will be interviewing motivational speakers, survivors and counselors with experience and expertise to share words of wisdom and hope.

 

Hosting the discussion for these three power packed nights will be our Gender Officer, Mrs. Cutella Bailey Talbot. 

We are looking for your support and participation!!

 

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PREMIER URGES TC ISLANDERS TO APPLY FOR CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT

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PRESS RELEASE 

 

PREMIER URGES TC ISLANDERS TO APPLY FOR CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has launched a number of financial assistance programs for individuals and businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 and the economic shut down as a result of the pandemic.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has by virtue of Section 11 of the Emergency Powers (Covid-19) (Economic Relief Measures) Regulations 2020 established the Coronavirus Business Assistance Grant. This relief measure makes it possible for eligible small businesses (MSMEs) and self-employed persons to access cash grants to assist with the expected economic fallout from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The cash grant may be available to eligible small businesses and self-employed persons as follows:
Self-employed persons: $1,200
Micro Enterprises: $2,000 (1 to 5 employees)
Small Enterprises: $3,500 (6 to 19 employees)
Medium Enterprises: $5,000 (20 to 25 employees)

The Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson commenting on the Grant Programme stated: “The Government of the Turks and Caicos has allocated $25.5m for the Turks and Caicos Islands Stimulus Package and will use the full amount to provide assistance for its people. The Government has engineered this grant to help your businesses withstand the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as we work to encourage economic recovery across the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I encourage all eligible businesses to apply and take advantage of this beneficial assistance before the approaching deadline on Tuesday of next week. I wish to remind all that the self employed grant is for ALL businesses and not just for the hospitality sector. As stated publicly for the past weeks, whilst the first Stimulus focused heavily on the hospitality sector (which was impacted first by my Government's closure of the borders and which will be the last Phase to reopen), we are crafting a second Stimulus for employees of the other sectors that were also impacted for a shorter period by our mandatory closure of the local economy. We as a Government will continue to work to provide assistance .”

The closing date for submitting an application under the Coronavirus Business Assistance Grant is Monday 15 June 2020.

Self-employed persons and small businesses who have not yet applied to access the funding available under this Grant programme are therefore encouraged to do so before Tuesday 16 June 2020.

To view eligibility criteria and submit an online application form please visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs at: www.gov.tc/trade/stimulus.

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Repatriation of Illegal Migrants

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

MINISTRY OF IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 


Three Degree Office Complex

Airport Road, Grand Turk,

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

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

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10th June, 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

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Press Release

 

Repatriation of Illegal Migrants

 

The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services in collaboration with the Immigration Department, is pleased to announce the successful repatriation of 271 Haitian migrants to Haiti.

 

The illegal migrants comprising 219 males and 52 females, were all repatriated on Saturday June 6, 2020. 

 

Based on information received from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch, confirmed the total of two illegal migrant vessels interceptions with a combined total of 136 and 129 respectively, with a follow up in land operation, which saw the apprehension of a further 6 illegal migrants.

 

The Enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are again appealing to persons with information concerning planned and landed arrival of illegal person. Additionally, the marine community assistance is required on poachers’ activities and any suspicious movements. You are asked to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477 TIPS.

 

The Hon Vaden Williams, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services, in his comments expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to all agencies involved in this successful apprehension and repatriation of these illegal migrants and encouraged them to keep up the great team work as we all do our part in protecting the Borders and residents of the TCI, particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He further advised that these dangerous voyages are very risky and not worth the loss of life.

 

Honorable Williams went on to thank the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Department, the UK Marines and our partners of the United States Coast Guard, for their assistance in protecting our borders.

 

The public is reminded that it an offence to harbour or assist illegal persons and that persons found guilty engaging in such activities are liable to a fine of US$20,000 or a term of imprisonment of four years, or both in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised or any law.

 

As such, the public is also requested to provide the Police with tips or any information related to this or any other illegal landing. We encourage the public to submit information or tips anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either to www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.

 

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Statement from MOT on Returning Residents

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News Release

 

Statement from MOT on Returning Residents

 

The Ministry of Tourism continues to encourage Turks and Caicos Islands residents and students who wish to return to the country, to register with the Tourist Board. Persons who wish to return should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to provide the following:

  1. Name
  2. Number of persons in your traveling party
  3. Contact information
  4. Country of departure
  5. Proof of legal status in the Turks and Caicos Islands

 

As of May 15th the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 came into operation and provided for the return of the following persons by international air travel:

  1. Turks and Caicos Islanders
  2. Permanent residents who ordinarily reside in the Islands for the majority of the year as opposed to those who reside outside of the Islands and only travel to the Islands occasionally during the year
  3. Residence Permit holders who are married to Turks and Caicos Islanders

 

Flights arrangements are currently in progress and final details will be provided to persons registered in our database. The following upcoming flights have been coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism for returning residents:

  • London, Heathrow to Providenciales on 11th June 2020 via British Airways
  • Nassau, Bahamas to Providenciales on 11th June 2020 via Bahamas Air

 

Additional flights will be announced to facilitate the return of residents prior to the reopening of our borders on July 22, 2020.

Returning residents should note the following:

  1. You must contact the airlines directly to book a seat. Details will be provided to you via email.
  2. You will be required to complete and submit to the airline a health screening questionnaire for COVID-19 prior to arrival in the Islands.
  3. You will be placed under quarantine in a specified place for a period of fourteen days and shall be monitored by a health officer for symptoms and signs of COVID-19 disease.
  4. You will be required to sign a quarantine order and to complete other relevant forms as required by the Ministry of Health.

 

For full details and guidance on the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 please go to: https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/regulations 

 

 

 

Turks & Caicos Government

Office of the Governor

Office of the Deputy Governor

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