Frequently Asked Questions
If you hold a valid visa to the United States of America, the United Kingdom or Canada you WILL NOT require a separate visa to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. Additionally, if you are a citizen of any of the countries listed on this link, you WILL NOT require a visa.
For an application and requirements for bringing a pet to the TCI please contact the Agriculture Department by visiting https://www.gov.tc/agriculture/
Not all phones will automatically function in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Typically if you are on a plan, you will need to inform your operator to enable international roaming before you arrive. GSM coverage is provided by the two local telecommunications companies (Flow and Digicel), and Flow provides coverage for CDMA (Verizon and Sprint phones). You have the option to buy a local pre-paid SIM if you’re mostly interested in data access and local calls.
Government officials insist that the water in Turks and Caicos is safe to drink. Nonetheless, if you prefer not to, bottled water is readily available throughout the islands.
The legal currency for the Turks and Caicos Islands is the US dollar.
For duty allowance please visit the Department of Customs website by clicking here
We encourage our visitors to explore our Sister Islands which are easily accessible by ferry or short flight. Visit our Island Hopping page for more information.
3 conch shells per person is the allowance, but only during the conch season which is between July 15th and October 15th.
There are quite a few modes of transportation in which tourists can get around. From taxi services, renting a car, moped, scooter, golf cart to riding a bicycle. Many hotels also offer shuttle services, especially to and from the airport.
The best time to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands is any time. During the year we have various festivals and events that will immerse the visitor in authentic experiences, rich culture and unending enjoyment.
There are traditional all-inclusive resorts such as Beaches and Club Med Turkoise, both on Providenciales. Recently the Turks and Caios Collection introduced its all-inclusive options for Alexandra Resort, Beach House and Blue Haven Resort. East Bay also packages all inclusive options for guests.
There are no dolphinariums in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but we have our very special aquatic resident JOJO the dolphin, who swims freely in our clear turquoise waters.
There are no nude beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and public nudity is illegal.
The average temperature ranges between 85 and 90 degrees (29-32 degrees Celsius) from June to October, sometimes reaching the mid 90’s (35 degrees Celsius), especially in the late summer months.
Standard tipping ranges from 10% to 20%, some restaurants include gratuity in the bill automatically.
Fishing is allowed from the shores, but not in the national parks.
Persons travelling to the Turks and Caicos from countries or areas endemic with yellow fever should show evidence that they have had their yellow fever vaccine.
Eastern Standard Time (EST) as the year round time observed in Turks and Caicos.
Yes, it is possible to renew your vows and/or even get married on the islands during your cruise vacation. A special license is in place to accommodate such events.
You can explore the history of the Turks and Caicos at the National Museum in Grand Turk and Providenciales https://www.tcmuseum.org/
The Turks and Caicos Islands boasts multiple banking institutions located throughout the islands, and most stores or places of business accept major credit cards. There are also ATM’s found throughout the islands.