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coconut palm fronds and cruise ship at Grand Turk A cruise ship off Governor's Beach, Grand Turk.

Getting to Grand Turk

cruise ship and the beach at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos
Ocean Liner at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

As the name suggests, the Turks and Caicos is made up of two groups of islands, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. The Turks Islands consists mainly of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, and is separated from the Caicos Islands by the 20 mile wide Turks Islands Passage. Grand Turk is about 70 miles from Providenciales and 50 miles from North and Middle Caicos. Because of the distance, no public ferry service is offered from Grand Turk to any island other than Salt Cay. No international flights regularly land on Grand Turk.

Arriving by Cruise Ship

Visiting Grand Turk by cruise ship is easy. All immigration and customs matters are handled by the cruise lines, so it's a breeze to land. Due to time constraints, it's not feasible to see any of the other main islands in the country when visiting Grand Turk by cruise ship. Check out the Grand Turk Cruise Center for more information.

Getting to Grand Turk by Plane

interCaribbean Embraer Brasilias on the tarmac at the Providenciales International Airport
Embraer Brasilias are commonly used for flights between Providenciales and Grand Turk.

All scheduled international flights into the Turks and Caicos arrive at Providenciales International Airport (PLS). You'll need to take a domestic flight from Providenciales to get to Grand Turk. Two local airlines offer regular flights. Normal flight time from Providenciales to Grand Turk is about 30 minutes and return fares usually cost between $100 and $190.

See Getting to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) for more flight and airport information.

Visiting Grand Turk by Yacht

Your first stop in the country must be at a port-of-entry. Grand Turk only has one, which is the Government Freighter Dock. A one week entry can be granted by the harbourmaster, but it’s easy to get 90 day Cruising Permits if you expect a longer stay.

The waters surrounding the Turks and Caicos are teeming with reefs, rocks and shallows, so accurate charts (and GPS!) are a must. Waveyline Publishing is the main source of printed and electronic charts.