Things to know before visiting Turk & Caicos Islands

Things to know Befor you visiting Turks and Caicos

Many first-time visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands may be wondering what to expect when they arrive. Below, we have highlighted what you need to know regarding travel requirements, general information, and where to stay before heading to this Caribbean paradise.  

Turks and Caicos Travel Requirements

Each visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands must have a passport with no less than three months validity prior to its expiration. All visitors must be in possession of a round trip or ongoing ticket and are allowed to stay for ninety days, renewable one time. It is advisable to carry a second form of photo identification and an electronic scanned copy of your passport in the event your passport is lost or stolen. You can also apply for a Turks and Caicos Visitor’s Visa. We recommend travelers check the rules regarding visitors from their country of origin.

Effective May 1, there is no mask mandate and no covid tests are required. However, each visitor over 18 years of age must show proof of vaccination. 

What to Expect

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory. The people who are from these islands are called “Belongers” and are originally from Africa. While the official language is English, you will undoubtedly hear the many different languages of visitors and immigrants from all around the globe. 

While TCI is a year-round destination, there are decidedly busier seasons. For those visiting the Turks and Caicos for the first time, February, March, and April offer a desirable combination of availability, prices, and weather. Lower accommodation rates can be found August through early November; however, this time is considered to be the rainy season. Although, with an average daily temperature between 75-95°F the water and air conditions are conducive to beach days and water sports all year long.

Beaches

Grace Bay Beach

Speaking of beaches, TCI is home to miles of pristine sugar white sand beaches gently lapped by turquoise water. In fact, the Turks and Caicos’ most famous beach, Grace Bay Beach, has once again been voted the number one beach in the world by Trip Advisor. The waters surrounding TCI boast world class snorkeling and diving.

Providenciales, the most populous island in the TCI chain, is also home to gourmet dining, high-end boutiques and shopping, art galleries, casinos, and even a golf course.

The US Dollar is the official currency and tipping protocol closely follows that you would expect in the United States – approximately 15%-20% although some establishments may already add in a gratuity.  

Cabs and rental cars are available to take you where you want to go. But if you opt to drive yourself, remember that because you are in a British territory, motorists drive on the left side of the road.

Where to Stay

There are many options regarding accommodations on Providenciales and it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the choices. Blue Heron Vacations offers a wide selection of luxury and affordable villas to satisfy any vacationer’s needs. No matter if you are looking for a remote, romantic villa for two or a luxury villa large enough for the whole family, we have the perfect accommodations to make your Turks and Caicos vacation the trip of a lifetime.

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