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A JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 taxiing at the Providenciales International Airport.

Getting to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Nearly all visitors to the Turks and Caicos arrive by either plane on Providenciales, or by cruise ship to Grand Turk. See Getting to Providenciales and Getting to Grand Turk.

Getting Here by Plane

A US Airways Boeing 757 taxiing on the runway at Providenciales International Airport.

All scheduled international flights into the Turks and Caicos land at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

There are currently flights offered from many major United States cities, and the United Kingdom, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, 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), but we recommend that you verify. 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 airliners have recently landed, but otherwise the process is relatively painless. As is the case in most countries, you’ll be required to fill out simple 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 Travelling with Pets.

Flights are available from Providenciales to the other main islands in the country. See Domestic Flights and Ferries.

Getting Here by Cruise Ship

Ocean liner at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

Grand Turk is the only island in the country with a cruise ship port. All cruise ships to the Turks and Caicos arrive at this site.

All immigration and customs matters are handled by the cruise lines, so it's a breeze to land. Most stays average about six hours, which leaves plenty of time to see the the beaches, sights and attractions of Grand Turk.

Due to time constraints, it's really not feasible to visit Providenciales or any of the other main islands in the country.

Getting Here by Yacht

A yacht moored in Leeward Channel.

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 harbourmaster 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.

Getting Here by Private Plane

Providenciales and the other main islands in the Turks and Caicos have become a popular destination for private and charter planes.

There are several fixed-base operators (FBO) on Providenciales to choose from, each offering fuel, immigration and customs clearance and other services.