Turks and Caicos IslandsOfficial Name: Turks and Caicos Islands
Duration of stay
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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Only for visits over 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
#42 Queen Street
P.O. Box N-8197
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone: +(242) 322-1181
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(242) 322-1181
Fax: +(242) 356-7174
U.S. Consular Agency
2 Venture Ct.
Grace Bay Suite 102E
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCIS) are a British Overseas Territory consisting of eight major islands. See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Turks and Caicos for information on U.S. - Turks and Caicos relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A tourist visa is not required for stays under 90 days. A valid passport is required for entry and exit. The nearest emergency U.S. passport facility is located in Nassau, The Bahamas. To learn more about emergency passport issuance visit U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Turks and Caicos.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page and visit our website at usembassy.gov.
Exit Requirements for Minors Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 are required to present a valid passport and notarized consent from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to exit the Islands.
Safety and Security
Crime in TCIS is low but increasing.
- Travelers should be aware of their surroundings and take precautions to secure personal belongings.
- Exercise caution when visiting isolated areas after dark on the Islands
- Be careful using ATMs in the evening hours.
Victims of Crime
Dial 911 or 999 for police assistance in TCIS.
If you or someone you know becomes the victim of crime, you should contact the local police and the U.S. Consular Agent in Providenciales.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in contacting the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- replace a stolen or lost passport
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
For more information, see our webpageon help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy in Nassau or the U.S. Consular Agent in Providenciales for assistance. If you are in immediate danger, first contact the local police at 911.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to contact you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy in Nassau and the U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Penalties for possessing, using or trafficking in illegal drugs in TCIS are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and/or heavy fines.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are vulnerable to hurricanes. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, although hurricanes can occur outside this time frame as well. Visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands during hurricane season are advised to monitor weather reports daily and have contingency plans.
See the following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
There are no legal restrictions on same-sex relations or the organization of LGBTI events in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more detailed information about LGBTI rights you may review the State Department’s Human Rights Report and see our LGBTI Travel Information page.
If you are a woman traveling alone, please review tips for Women Travelers.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance
There are very few buildings with special facilities for people with physical challenges and disabilities.
There are laws and ordinances in the Turks and Caicos Islands for specific fishing limits, the protection of plants and the protection of wild birds. There are also areas marked as National Park Zones where restriction of certain activities harmful to ecology is prohibited. Visitors and residents can find further information from the TCI Government Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs. All other hunting is prohibited in TCIS. A number of endangered and/or protected species reside in the Turks and Caicos Islands. You may receive severe penalties if you disturb, harass, or otherwise threaten wildlife.
Medical facilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands have improved with two new hospital facilities on Providenciales and Grand Turk managed by InterHealth Canada. However, serious medical problems may require medical evacuation by air to neighboring countries or the U.S.
The repatriation of the remains of U.S. citizens who die in the Turks and Caicos Islands can take weeks to return to the United States due to the fact that Turks and Caicos Islands do not always have a pathologist available to perform autopsies if required. Periodically scheduled nonresident foreign pathologists often travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands to perform this public service.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare or Medicaid does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Medicines: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Turks and Caicos to ensure the medication is legal in TCIS. Always, carry your prescription medication in its original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization is not required for traveling to the Turks and Caicos. For more details check Health Information for Travelers to Turks and Caicos Islands.
Further health information is available here:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety
Traffic drives on the left in the Turks and Caicos. Primary roads are in generally good condition, while secondary roads are often unpaved. There are not many road signs but you will be able to navigate with a map as there are few roads on Grand Turk and Providenciales Islands. Hazards such as blind intersections, road work, unmarked changes in road conditions, and a lack of familiarity with roundabouts are often the main cause of problems while driving. At a roundabout, drivers are required to give way to those on their immediate right and those who enter the roundabout first. Animals often wander on the roads, presenting a hazard to drivers, especially at night.
You need a valid driver’s license to drive in the Turks and Caicos. A U.S. or International Driving Permit is good for up to a month, after that a local TCI license from the Department of Road Safety is required. Speed limits are 20 mph in town and side roads, and 40 mph on the highway. The use of seatbelts is mandatory. Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Traffic accidents are on the increase and are often fatal. For emergencies, call 999 or 911 for police.
There is no public transportation available in TCIS but taxis are readily available. Only use marked taxis and wear your seatbelt. Car and scooter rentals are available but you must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 years or older. There is a government tax on all car and motor scooter rentals (insurance is extra).
For tips on driving abroad please review Road Safety Tips.
Aviation Safety Oversight
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Turks and Caico’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of TCI’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.