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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Updated Information About Travel Requiremets to Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has announced its updated  entry requirements and effective May 1st 2022, the protocol is as follows:

  • All Visitors 18 and over must show proof of vaccination (to airline and TCI Immigration)
  • Returning Residents must show proof of residency
  • No TCI Assured Portal
  • No Insurance
  • No Covid Test

There’s no question the travel landscape has drastically changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. Indeed, there is a lot more to consider when planning a trip anywhere in the world—including our islands. Fortunately, it’s still possible to travel to Turks and Caicos and to do so with relative ease, as long as you’re prepared and equipped with the knowledge of the travel requirements to visit our beautiful-by-nature islands.

At Blue Heron Vacations, our job is not only finding the perfect villa rental for you—we want to ensure your Turks and Caicos vacation is seamless and worry-free from beginning to end. That’s why we’re breaking down the Turks and Caicos COVID-19 restrictions and entry requirements for you, so you can step on the plane headed for Providenciales International Airport safe in the knowledge that you’re fully prepared to follow all of the safety protocols in place.

Covid-19 Guidelines - Turks and Caicos Islands, Travel Info

Let’s start with the good news: Not only are the Turks and Caicos open for tourism, but as of February 2022, there is no quarantine period required upon arrival.

But if you want to be extra cautious—and want to get the most out of your time in Turks and Caicos—we recommend you consider staying in a villa rather than a resort.

Travel to Turks and Caicos Islands, Entry Requirements

What are the benefits of booking a villa over a resort?

One word comes to mind that’s even more important in the time of COVD: Privacy.

While there are many beautiful resorts in Turks and Caicos, you’ll inevitably come into contact with many people during your stay, including resort staff and fellow guests. And if you’re staying at a beachfront hotel, you’ll be sharing the beach (and pool) with more people than you would on a stretch of beach in front of a private villa. One of the biggest perks of booking a beachfront villa: there’s a good chance you’ll have the beach to yourself during your stay. And in the time of COVID, few things sound more appealing than breathing fresh air on one of the best beaches in the world without another soul in sight.

Private Villa Rental

The privacy and seclusion that comes with a private villa can be appealing on its own, but it’s especially important for those traveling with family members or friends who are older or immunocompromised.

You can further limit your exposure to other people during your villa stay by hiring a private chef instead of eating out at restaurants, hiring a band or DJ instead of going out to see live music, and so on.

We understand that the idea of renting a private villa can sound unaffordable. But if you’re traveling with family or a large group, consider how many rooms your travel party would have to rent to accommodate everyone. And while some high-end villas certainly will be on the expensive side, we offer a variety of villa options that range in price so that there’s something for almost every budget.

Ready to plan your Turks and Caicos trip?

Now you know everything you need to navigate traveling to Turks and Caicos in the era of COVID, and all that’s left to do is book your accommodation. We’d be happy to help you find the best villa to accommodate you. Get in touch with us at Blue Heron Vacations by calling 649-499-4360, or browse through our private villas and book directly.

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