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|
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.
|Delta Air Lines||800-221-1212|
|TCI SkyKing Ltd.||649-941-5464|
|VI Air Link||284-495-1652|
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 www.faa.gov. You can also phone the FAA regarding specific issues:
|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|
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.
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:
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 www.tsa.gov/public/index.jsp or call 1-866-289-9673 in the United States. Other carry-on rules are as follows:
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.
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