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Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Last Updated: June 14, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Duration of stay

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

None

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Only for visits over 90 days

 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

$10,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

$10,000

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Nassau

#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

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency
2 Venture Ct.
Grace Bay Suite 102E
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Telephone: 649-232-5713

Email:  ACSNassau@state.gov

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Destination Description

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.

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Entry, Exit and 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.

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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.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on schemes.

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.

We can:

  • 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 webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

Domestic Violence

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.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties

You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some offenses are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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.

Hurricanes

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.

Faith-Based Travelers

See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers

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.

Students

See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers

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.

Wildlife

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.

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Health

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:

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Travel and 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.

Traffic Laws

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Nassau

#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

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency
2 Venture Ct.
Grace Bay Suite 102E
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Telephone: 649-232-5713

Email:  ACSNassau@state.gov

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General Information
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Hague Abduction Convention
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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available by writing to the Registrar of Births, Registrar of Marriages, or Registrar of Deaths (as appropriate), Registrar of the Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. The document is certified to be a true copy of an entry in the register of births, marriages, or deaths. There may be a fee for this service.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available by writing to the Registrar of Births, Registrar of Marriages, or Registrar of Deaths (as appropriate), Registrar of the Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. The document is certified to be a true copy of an entry in the register of births, marriages, or deaths. There may be a fee for this service.

Divorce Certificates

Available. Certified copies of a divorce certificate, known as a decree absolute, may be obtained by writing to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. There may be a fee for this service.

Adoption Certificates

Available. The procedure is the same as for a divorce certificate. There may be a fee for this service.

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Identity Card

Please check back for update.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. Police certificates indicating whether the person has a police record are obtainable from Police Headquarters, Grand Turk. Former residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands may address requests to the Commissioner of Police, Police Headquarters, Grand Turk. Requests should include full name, date and place of birth, nationality, and dates of residence. There may be a fee for this service.

Prison Records

Available. The prison record is indicated on the police certificate.

Court Records

Available. Court transcripts may be obtained by writing to the Magistrate, Grand Turk. There may be a fee for this service.

Military Records

Please check back for update. The Turks and Caicos Islands have no military forces.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Please check back for update.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Nassau, Bahamas (Embassy)

Visa Services

IV and NIV applications for nationals of the Turks and Caicos Islands are processed by the U.S. Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Nassau
#42 Queen Street
P.O. Box N-8197
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone
+(242) 322-1181
Emergency
+(242) 322-1181
Fax
+(242) 356-7174
Turks and Caicos Islands Country Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Duration of stay

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

None

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Only for visits over 90 days

 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

$10,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

$10,000

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Nassau

#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

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency
2 Venture Ct.
Grace Bay Suite 102E
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Telephone: 649-232-5713

Email:  ACSNassau@state.gov

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Destination Description

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.

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Entry, Exit and 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.

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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.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on schemes.

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.

We can:

  • 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 webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

Domestic Violence

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.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties

You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some offenses are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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.

Hurricanes

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.

Faith-Based Travelers

See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers

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.

Students

See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers

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.

Wildlife

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.

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Health

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:

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Travel and 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.

Traffic Laws

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.

Public Transportation

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.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Nassau

#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

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agency
2 Venture Ct.
Grace Bay Suite 102E
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Telephone: 649-232-5713

Email:  ACSNassau@state.gov

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available by writing to the Registrar of Births, Registrar of Marriages, or Registrar of Deaths (as appropriate), Registrar of the Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. The document is certified to be a true copy of an entry in the register of births, marriages, or deaths. There may be a fee for this service.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available by writing to the Registrar of Births, Registrar of Marriages, or Registrar of Deaths (as appropriate), Registrar of the Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. The document is certified to be a true copy of an entry in the register of births, marriages, or deaths. There may be a fee for this service.

Divorce Certificates

Available. Certified copies of a divorce certificate, known as a decree absolute, may be obtained by writing to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, Judicial Department, Grand Turk. There may be a fee for this service.

Adoption Certificates

Available. The procedure is the same as for a divorce certificate. There may be a fee for this service.

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. Police certificates indicating whether the person has a police record are obtainable from Police Headquarters, Grand Turk. Former residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands may address requests to the Commissioner of Police, Police Headquarters, Grand Turk. Requests should include full name, date and place of birth, nationality, and dates of residence. There may be a fee for this service.

Prison Records

Available. The prison record is indicated on the police certificate.

Court Records

Available. Court transcripts may be obtained by writing to the Magistrate, Grand Turk. There may be a fee for this service.

Military Records

Please check back for update. The Turks and Caicos Islands have no military forces.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Please check back for update.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Nassau, Bahamas (Embassy)

Visa Services

IV and NIV applications for nationals of the Turks and Caicos Islands are processed by the U.S. Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Nassau
#42 Queen Street
P.O. Box N-8197
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone
+(242) 322-1181
Emergency
+(242) 322-1181
Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.