Aircraft approaching PLS airport over Chalk Sound in the Turks and Caicos United Airlines Boeing 737 over Chalk Sound National Park. The approach to Providenciales is amazing.
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Getting to Providenciales

All international flights to the Turks and Caicos arrive at Providenciales.

Providenciales features many marinas for yachters and cruisers.

Cruise ships only stop at Grand Turk.

US, Canadian, UK, and EU citizens do not require a visa.

Jet Blue airplane on the tarmac at Providenciales
Airliner at the Providenciales International Airport.

All scheduled international flights to Turks and Caicos arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Domestic flight connections are offered by two local airlines to the other main islands in the country on a daily and semi-weekly schedule.

All visitors require a valid passport and return/onward ticket to enter Turks and Caicos. Many nationalities do not need a visa to enter Turks and Caicos, including nationals of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Visitors and residents are allowed to bring certain amounts of items into Turks and Caicos without paying customs duties. See Customs Allowances.

If you’re traveling with pets, you will need a veterinary certificate stating your animal is in good health. You will also need an import permit for your pet to enter Turks and Caicos. Check with your airline to make sure you meet their requirements as well.

Transport on Providenciales

Once you arrive on Provo, you may pick up a rental car or take a taxi to your hotel or villa. If you rent a car, keep in mind that driving is on the left side of the road.

There is no public transport or bus services on the island.

Cruise Ship Guests

Many cruises stop in Turks and Caicos. All cruise ships arriving in the islands call only at Grand Turk. Due to time constraints, it’s not feasible to see Provo when visiting Grand Turk by cruise ship for a day.

Arriving by Yacht

Aerial photos of yachts at Blue haven Marina
Blue Haven Marina at Leeward, Providenciales.

For cruisers, Turks and Caicos is a popular destination and quite a few marinas are located throughout the islands.

Not all marinas are points of entry, so you may need to call ahead to ensure that customs and immigration personnel are present. Harbormasters at ports of entry have the authority to grant leave to enter for one week. For those wishing to extend this, you will need to apply for a Cruising Permit (valid for 90 days), and/or visit an immigration office on Provo or Grand Turk.

Reefs and other hidden hazards are found throughout the country. You will need charts or maps to navigate. Waveyline Publishing of Grand Turk offers detailed electronic and printed charts of the Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago. Printed copies of these maps are available at local bookstores.

Arriving by Private Plane

American Airlines Airbus A321 over Chalk Sound National Park.
An American Airlines Airbus A321 over Chalk Sound National Park.

Provo has two FBOs, both of which have recently built and luxurious complexes, complete with a wide range of available amenities, fuel services, catering, and aircraft services.

Only the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) are ports of entry. Your first stop in the country must be at one of these airports.

Many of our smaller inhabited islands have airports or airstrips. Aircraft parking rates are typically quite lower at these less-frequented airports than in Provo.

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