One of the advantages of shopping in the Turks and Caicos Islands is that you are able to purchase expensive luxury items and not pay any tax, either here locally or when you return home (up to a limit). This is known as duty-free shopping.
Visitors (and residents) are allowed to bring the following in without incurring duty:
Any goods over your allowance will be charged at normal duty rates (typically 36%). Some goods, such as basic food products and books, are exempt.
All controlled drugs must be accompanied by a doctor's prescription. It is advised to keep all medication in original packaging to avoid confusion and questioning at ports of entry.
You may face fines and/or incarceration if you bring in any of the following without prior approval:
Conch shells, whether collected by you or purchased from a shop, require a permit from the Department of Economic and Maritime Affairs to export. This permit can only be obtained during the open season for conch. Other shells, depending on the species and quantity, also require a permit. Corals of any sort cannot be exported legally.
We recommend that you exercise caution when purchasing conch shells, conch jewellery or other conch souvenirs because you must either obtain a permit (which can be a time-consuming process) or will likely have your shells confiscated. We have received several complaints from tourists who have purchased shells from local shops only to have them seized at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).
Residents are allowing to bring the following back to their home country without incurring duty. Please note there are exceptions in some circumstances for stays less than 48 hours.
US Customs and Border Protection allows (for a trip of at least 48 hours, every 30 days):
UK Border Agency allows residents to bring the following duty free:
Canada Border Services Agency allows the following (after a visit of 48 hours):