Airliner over Chalk Sound National Park. The view when approaching Providenciales is unforgettable.
The Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, and many uninhabited islands and cays. Nearly all visitors to the Turks and Caicos arrive by either plane to the island of Providenciales, or by cruise ship to the island of Grand Turk.
The Turks and Caicos is a very easy destination to visit for residents of the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, as visas are not required for citizens or legal residents of these countries.
There are currently flights offered from many major United States cities, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Antigua.
You'll need a valid passport and return/onward ticket to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands. Many nationalities do not need a visa (including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom), yet we recommend that you verify before booking your tickets. See Passports and Visas.
Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll have to clear immigration and customs. There may be a bit of a wait if several flights have recently landed, yet the customs and immigration process is typically simple and easy. As is the case in most countries, you’ll be required to fill out basic immigration and customs landing cards. There are limits on the amounts and types of goods that can be brought into the Turks and Caicos duty-free. See Customs Allowances.
If you're traveling with pets, you'll need a veterinary certificate stating your animal is in good health. See Traveling with Pets.
The Turks and Caicos is a great destination for yachts and cruisers, offering many marinas throughout the islands.
Your initial stop, once you arrive in the islands, must be at a port-of-entry. There are several such marinas on Providenciales and Grand Turk, and one each on North Caicos and South Caicos. The harbormaster at the port of entry has the authority to grant leave to enter for one week. If you wish to stay longer or cruise among the islands, you must get a Cruising Permit (valid for 90 days), and/or visit one of the immigration offices on Providenciales or Grand Turk.
The waters around the Turks and Caicos have many reefs and shallow hazards, so having up to date and proper charts and GPS is highly recommended.