Flying to Turks and Caicos

Travelers fly to the Turks and Caicos Islands according to airlines' set schedules

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Flying to Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands consists of forty islands and cays, but only eight are inhabited and of those eight, only two -- Providenciales and Grand Turk -- have major international airports.  Smaller, connecting flights transport flyers to some of the less populated islands like Salt Cay.

Despite the presence of two full service international airports with restaurants, bars, and tourist information centers, most travelers fly into Providenciales International Airport.  Flights can be arranged between Provo and Grand Turk at the JAGS McCartney International Airport, as well as to the following smaller airports:

Middle Caicos Middle Caicos Airport
North Caicos North Caicos Airport
Pine Island Pine Cay Airport
Salt Cay Salt Cay Airport
South Caicos South Caicos Airport

Ground transportation available from the two international airports include jeep and car rentals, limousine service, buses and taxis.

At the smaller Turks and Caicos airports like on Salt Cay, passengers cannot typically deplane directly to the terminal, and only a few airports provide shuttle service, so passengers should expect to walk from the plane out onto the tarmac to the terminal to claim your luggage. Travelers with difficulty walking should arrange an alternate form of transportation with an airline attendant prior to arriving.


Once you're in Turks and Caicos, you can island hop using one of the many small local airlines. For your initial arrival, however, rely on one of these airline companies, which have regularly scheduled flights to the Turks and Caicos.  Many of the larger airlines, such as American Airlines even fly to Turks and Caicos several times daily.

Airline Telephone Number
Air Canada 888-247-2262
Air Jamaica  800-523-5585
American Airlines 800-433-7300
Bahamasair 800-222-4262
British Airways 800-247-9297
Delta Air Lines 800-221-1212
Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359
Jet Blue 800-JET-BLUE
TCI SkyKing Ltd. 649-941-5464
U.S. Airways 800-352-8747
VI Air Link 284-495-1652
West Jet  855-547-2451

If you are flying into Providenciales International Airport, you can take a connecting flight via Caicos Express Airways or Air Turks Caicos to one of the smaller islands in the chain or sail to your final destination aboard a ferry.   

Visitors heading to Salt Cay, which is the easternmost island in the archipelago, can fly into Provo then take the aformentioned Caicos Express.  Once daily flights are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for between $75 and $170(USD).  You can also charter the Aztec or Cessna 402 for between $800 and $1100(USD).

Travelers unfamiliar with an airline's reputation may consult the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA ranks carriers based on safety, service, and performance. Contact the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave., SW; Washington D.C., 20591 or via the Internet at You can also phone the FAA regarding specific issues:

Regulator Telephone Number
Air Travel Service Problems 202-366-2220
Aviation Safety Hotline 800-255-1111
Aviation Consumer Protection Division 202-366-2220
Questions about FAA-monitored consumer issues 866-TELL-FAA (835-5322)
Transportation Security and Baggage Screeners Concerns 866-289-9673

Entry Requirements

As of 2007, United States citizens are required to present a valid passport in order to enter Turks and Caicos, while Canadian citizens need only an original or notarized copy of their birth certificate or a valid photo identification card.  Visitors from other countries need a passport, but only those from the former Eastern Bloc need a visa.  In addition, visitors must have on them a round trip ticket.

As far as customs is concerned, guests may bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, and 1.136 liters of spirits, wines, or perfume onto the island for personal use.  In order to bring weaponry, you must have written approval from the Commissioner of Police.

Airport Security

Vacationers should be prepared for more thorough baggage screening procedures and additional required security checks. New checkpoints screen both carry-on luggage and passengers. Security officers are stationed at these checkpoints to personally search travelers who trigger the detector alarm as they pass through.

Many airports also conduct random passenger inspections that require a complete search of the person and all their belongings. Because of these added security stops, plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance so you have ample time to pass through all security clearance points.

To reduce waiting time and ensure you reach your gate in a timely manner, some airport standards and advisements include:

  • Before leaving for the airport, make sure you have your your ticket or e-ticket confirmation page and your passport handy.  Call the specific airline to confirm your scheduled flight and time of departure.
  • Avoid wearing metal objects such as steel-toed boots, heavy jewelry, or bulky belt buckles because these items could set off the checkpoint detectors. Be prepared to remove your shoes, jackets, sweaters and other personal items and place them in the bins provided for screening.
  • If you have metal surgical implants, bring a note from your doctor to avoid a long meeting with an airport official.
  • Remember that you will only be allowed to pass through security with a ticket for travel.  An official confirmation page for an e-ticket will suffice.  Non-ticketed persons accompanying a child, elderly, or disabled person should check with the specific airline for required documentation.
  • Bring and keep handy your passport. Children under 16 are permitted to travel with only a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship, although passports for children are recommended.

Carry-On Luggage

Airports and airlines have implemented new regulations for carry-on luggage in recent years. Certain items, such as metal scissors and razors, are not permitted on flights. For a complete list of regulated items, visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site at or call 1-866-289-9673 in the United States. Other carry-on rules are as follows:

  • Do not take any wrapped presents with you. If the package sets off a detector, security officials will be forced to unwrap, and possibly damage, the present.
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels toiletries are allowed in 3.4 ounce bottles or less, in a one quart or smaller sized clear, plastic, zip type bag.  Be prepared to place this bag on the screening belt to ensure a faster and easier screening.
  • The carry-on limit per passenger is one carry-on bag plus one private item, such as a briefcase, laptop case, or purse. Generally, on board luggage must be small enough to store below your seat or in the overhead compartment.
  • Drinks and liquids purchased in stores beyond security checkpoints may be brought on board.
  • Be sure to check with the airline for the most up-to-date carry-on baggage regulations, including their specific size and weight limitations, and any possible added fees which may be imposed.

Travelers visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands will find airlines one of the most convenient ways to reach the islands. With consistent schedules and plenty of flight options, it's easy to see why this is the most popular way to arrive.

Once you decide exactly what island you will be visiting, read our local air travel guides that will help you learn the ins and outs of reaching inidividual parts of the Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos Air Travel Guides
Grand Turk
Middle Caicos
Salt Cay
South Caicos

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