The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory, Located in the Atlantic archipelago that’s 575 miles southeast of Miami Florida, south of the Bahamas and east of Cuba and the country of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). With more than 40 small islands and cays, the eight inhabited islands are separated into two island groups; to the east of the Turks Island Passage are the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay and the west are the Caicos Islands South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay and Parrot Cay.
The islands are home to over 33,098 full time residents, the majority of the population of Turks and Caicos resides on the island of Providenciales. Grand Turk supports the second greatest population, as well as the nation’s capital city of Cockburn Town and attract more than 1 million tourists annually the majority arrive by cruise boat , the rest are short term vacation guests.
The US dollar is the official currency of Turks and Caicos.
Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and Eastern Standard Time ( EST)
110 volt/60 cycle, suitable for U.S. appliances.
Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto everyday, except Tuesday and Thursday; and from Montreal on Sundays.
American Airlines has two daily flights from Miami, and one a day from Dallas on Saturdays.
British Airways provides service to London via Antigua on Sundays and Thursdays
Delta offers Thursday, Friday and Saturday service from Atlanta, as well as Saturday only flights from Boston and New York.
JetBlue has daily flights from New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Saturday service
Southwest Airlines offers daily flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL).
United Airline offers service from Newark, NY every day except Tuesdays. .
WestJet has service from Toronto on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and a flight from Montreal on Fridays.
The Turks and Caicos Islands currently have 2 full service international airports on Providenciales and Grand Turk, and all other inhabited islands have domestic airports, some with limited international entry facilities.
Airport Code: PLS
Latitude: N 21°15′ .6
Longitude: W 72°46′.7
(17° MBPV PLS N21 46.4 WO72 16.0 F-4, Jet A-1. 1100 – 2300)
You are welcomed to visit the local airport web site for up to date flight schedules and route maps.
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All visitors require a valid passport. An onward or return ticket is required for non-residents. Visitors can stay up to 90 days. Pets may travel with you but need an Import Permit, Veterinary Health Certificate, Vaccination Certificate and Lab Test Results, presented at port of entry. Call (649)946-2801 for further information.
Requirements for owning property
There are no regulations restricting foreign ownership of land. Anyone may purchase land for which the Government Land Registry will issue a “Certificate of Title”. There are no property taxes, but a Stamp Duty is payable. For detailed information concerning the legal aspects of owning property in the Turks and Caicos Islands, contact ERA Turks and Caicos.
Transport to and within the islands
There are daily scheduled services to the Turks and Caicos Islands from North America and weekly from Europe. Travel between the islands is typically by air via daily scheduled flights and charter services. Travel between the islands by boat is also possible.
Visitors may bring in duty free for their own use one carton of cigarettes or cigars, one bottle of liquor and some perfume. The importation of firearms, controlled drugs and pornography is strictly forbidden. Returning residents may bring in $400 worth of merchandise per person, duty free. A duty of 15% to 36% is charge on most imported goods.
There is a modern hospital system comprising two state-of-the-art medical centres, managed by InterHealth Canada; Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Providenciales and Cockburn Town Medical Centre on Grand Turk. Providenciales also has a number of private general practitioners and all of the other islands have community clinics.
Taxi Service is available at all our airports and seaports, as well as throughout the islands. Many drivers will also serve as your local tour guide and show you the undiscovered attractions of the islands.