Fast Track is a VIP concierge service where an agent will greet you upon entrance at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS), and guide you through expedited immigration and customs processing, and assist with luggage, allowing you to reduce wait times when arriving. A similar service is offered for guests leaving the Turks and Caicos, with a representative meeting travellers curb side at the airport prior to check-in.
Fast Track will typically get you out of the airport in 15-20 minutes after flight touch down, with baggage offloading from the aircraft usually being the holdup.
Reservation of transport is also a service that is typically paired with Fast Track, and help with specialty services, such as assistance with visiting the Turks and Caicos with a pet.
The Fast Track service is offered by the VIP Flyers Club at the Providenciales airport, as well as by several concierge service businesses as well.
Prices start at about $65 per person, and may be as high as $200 depending on the package.
Whether Fast Track is a good idea or not depends on a few factors.
The greatest consideration is the arrival and departure times of your flight. Time of year, day of the week, and flights times make a big difference in the queues for immigration, customs, check-in and security.
The Turks and Caicos experiences a high tourism season from later December to April, and the peak weekends can have lines more than an hour long. These excessive wait times are not the usual situation, but usually only occur when several flights arrive in a short time span.
The day of the week also factors into lines, with the weekend and Friday being the busiest. Midday and later afternoon also tend to have more flight arrivals too.
If you’re arriving on a week day outside of the high season, the normal processing times at immigration and customs isn’t very long.
The local government is looking into ways to reduce processing times, as well as the possibility of an airport expansion. The Turks and Caicos has become one of the top destinations in the Caribbean and the Providenciales airport, although recently expanded in 2015, has simply been outgrown.
It’s easy to book the Fast Track service. Simply contact your chosen Fast Track provider with your flight information and reserve the time. Online booking and payment is typically possible.