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South Dock, Providenciales.

Customs Allowances

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.

Duty-free Allowances - Bringing Goods into the Turks and Caicos Islands

The award-winning Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales.

Visitors (and residents) are allowed to bring the following in without incurring duty:

  • 1 quart (1.136 liters) of alcohol.
  • 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 8 ounces (220 grammes) of tobacco.
  • $200 of dutiable gifts that will remain in the islands ($400 for residents).
  • 'Reasonable' amount of personal goods.

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.

Prescription Drugs

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.

Prohibited Items and Drugs

You may face fines and/or incarceration if you bring in any of the following without prior approval:

  • Banned weapons (including firearms and 'Hawaiian slings').
  • Controlled drugs and narcotics, including (but not limited to) marijuana.
  • Pornography and 'obscene publications'.

Conchs, Shells and Corals

Turks and Caicos seashells.

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).

Returning to Your Home Country

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.

United States

US Customs and Border Protection allows (for a trip of at least 48 hours, every 30 days):

  • $800 worth of goods.
  • (plus) 200 cigarettes.
  • (plus) 2 litres of alcohol (at least one must be produced in the Caribbean).

United Kingdom

UK Border Agency allows residents to bring the following duty free:

  • £390 worth of goods.
  • (plus) 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22 per cent volume OR 2 litres of fortified wine (such as port or sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic drink that's less than 22 per cent volume
  • (plus) 16 litres of beer.
  • (plus) 4 litres of still wine.
  • (plus) 200 cigarettes OR 100 cigarillos OR 50 cigars OR 250g (8.8 oz) of tobacco.

Canada

Canada Border Services Agency allows the following (after a visit of 48 hours):

  • $800 worth of goods.
  • (plus) 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine OR 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of alcoholic beverages OR 8.5 litres of beer or ale.
  • (plus) 200 cigarettes.
  • (plus) 50 cigars.
  • (plus) 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco.
  • (plus) 200 tobacco sticks.