While the Turks and Caicos Islands are a laid-back tourist destination, visitors will find entry rules to be strict.
Like every country, Turks and Caicos has its own set of entry requirements that are ever changing and can unfortunately be vague at times. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you always carry a passport with you when you travel outside of your country of origin.
It is required not only by the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, but by the United States Government, that all tourists traveling from the United States be required to show a valid passport in order to enter the islands. The passport must remain valid during the duration of your stay on the islands. Children under the age of 16 may travel "piggy-backing" on their parents passports providing they are not traveling through the United States, and a secondary proof of identification for all travelers must always be presented.
It has long been the case that those traveling from Canada may enter Turks and Caicos wielding only a birth certificate and government-issued photo identification card. Customs officials detain passengers not carrying passports as confirmation with Canadian officials are required to ensure that they will be allowed to return to Canada without one. Rumor has it that Canada will soon be added to the list of countries requiring a passport to enter.
Travelers visiting from most other countries will definitely need to carry their passport to enter the islands. Visas are not required for U.S. and Canadian visitors, but may be required for residents of some other countries. Contact the Immigration office on Grand Turk for more information: (649) 946-2939.
Everyone planning to vacation in Turks and Caicos, regardless of their country of origin, must be prepared to present customs officials with a return or onward ticket. It is also important to note that it is only possible stay on the island for 30 days at a time. Tourists may renew this option and stay for another 30 days as a one-time only courtesy.
Planning ahead will be your only ticket into Turks and Caicos, but with a little forethought, you will soon be on your way to your dream vacation.
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