cranes and shipping containers at South Dock on Providenciales South Dock, Providenciales.

Turks and Caicos Customs Allowances

One of the advantages of shopping in the Turks and Caicos Islands is that you're able to purchase expensive luxury items and not pay any tax, either locally in the Turks and Caicos, or when you return home (up to a limit). This is known as duty-free shopping. Duty free shops can be found at the Providenciales airport and at many of the larger resorts.

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

sunny weather and blue water at Grace Bay
The award-winning Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales.

Each arriving visitor and resident over the age of 17 is allowed to bring the following in to the Turks and Caicos without incurring duty:

  • 1 litre (33.8 US fluid ounces) of spirits OR 2 litres (67.6 US fluid ounces) of wine (less than 40% alcohol by volume).
  • 200 cigarettes OR 100 cigarillos OR 50 cigars OR 250 grams (8.8 ounces) of tobacco.
  • 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of perfume.
  • $400 of gifts or items that will remain in the Turks and Caicos (for non-commercial use). In the past there were different customs allowance amounts for residents and tourists, yet this policy has been changed to $400 for all arrivals (2017).
  • '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.

Forms

Upon arrival, the head of each family will be required to complete a customs form (C105). Unrelated friends travelling together (different surnames) will each need to complete their own customs declaration form.

A separate immigration form will need to be completed for every arriving person.

Note: The forms below are provided for your viewing convenience only. You will be provided copies of the form to complete by your airline.
Download PDF Customs Form (C105) (527 KB)
Download PDF Immigration Form (307 KB)

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.

Importing Food

The Turks and Caicos has certain restrictions on importing food, plant products, and animal products, especially pertaining to fresh, unprocessed, and unpackaged items.

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, firearm parts, ammunition, and 'Hawaiian slings').
  • Controlled drugs and narcotics, including (but not limited to) marijuana.
  • Pornography and 'obscene publications'.

Conchs, Shells and Corals

seashells in the Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos seashells.

A limit of three mature conch shells may be exported from the Turks and Caicos by visitors returning home. Arts and crafts made from conch shells and purchased locally may also be exported, as well as conch pearls. Other shells, depending on the species and quantity, may require a permit. Corals of any sort cannot be exported legally.

Be aware when returning home that many countries have restrictions on importing conch shells or conch products, and are signatories of the international CITES Treaty, which oversees the protection of endangered plants and animals. When clearing customs at some destinations, it may be necessary to have a CITES permit to legally import the conch products. This permit can be obtained from the Department of Environment and Coastal Affairs (DECR) on Providenciales.

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.
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