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luxury yacht arriving at Leeward Channel in the Turks and Caicos Yacht arriving at the Blue Haven Marina on Providenciale.

Getting to Providenciales

Flights to Providenciales

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

The Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is the only airport in the country that welcomes scheduled international flights.

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 clear immigration in the Turks and Caicos. Many nationalities don't need a visa (the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, for example).

Visitors and residents are allowed to bring in to the Turks and Caicos certain amounts of items without incurring customs duty. See Customs Allowances.

If you're travelling with pets, a veterinary certificate stating your animal is in good health is required.

Transport on Providenciales

Once you arrive on Providenciales, you may pick up a rental car or take a taxi to your accommodation.

There is no public transport or bus services on Providenciales.

Cruise Ship Guests

At this time, all cruise ships arriving in the Turks and Caicos only arrive at Grand Turk. Due to time constraints, it's not feasible to see Providenciales 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, the Turks and Caicos is a popular destination and quite a few marinas are located throughout the islands.

Not all marinas are points of entry, and it may be necessary 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 Providenciales or Grand Turk.

Reefs and other hidden hazards are found throughout the country, rendering charts a necessity for navigation. Waveyline Publishing of Grand Turk produces detailed electronic and printed charts of the Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago.

Arriving by Private Plane

JetBlue Airbus A320 flying over Chalk Sound National Park on Providenciales
A JetBlue Airbus A320 over Chalk Sound, Providenciales.

Providenciales has two FBOs, both of which have recently-built and luxury 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 initial 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 they are at Providenciales.