Last updated August 17, 2021
Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is a collection of small islands in the Caribbean with a lot to offer. From prime diving spots teeming with colorful coral and fish to the enchanting overhangs of the Black Forest, you'll find something to make your Turks and Caicos vacation memorable.
Travel insurance is mandatory on the islands
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, travelers to the Turks and Caicos need to be authorized via the TCI Assured portal for travel three days prior to departing their country of origin.
Although the country is open to tourism, the requirements for entering the country are as follows:
- All visitors 16 and older need to be fully vaccinated to visit the island.
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 5 days prior to your trip to the islands. Children under 10 do not have to meet this requirement.
- Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors' visitrs, prescriptions, and air ambulance.
- A completed online health screening questionnaire (part of the TCI Assured free online travel authorization).
Covid-19 in the Turks and Caicos
There is a relatively low level of Covid in Turks and Caicos. Despite the low number of cases, Turks and Caicos islands will require vaccination of all visitors 16 and older starting on September 1, 2021. Visitors will need to prove their vaccination status in one of two ways:
- A vaccination letter that's signed by a medical professional (a physician or a nurse with a license number)
- A confirmation printed from an electronic vaccination database
Keep in mind that, although visitors must be fully vaccinated to enter the country, they must still take a negative Covid test no more than 3 days prior to arrival. Once visitors are given the green light, they can stay in the country for up to 90 days, and will not need to take any further Covid tests.
Health & safety tips
While there's so much beauty and so many things to do on the islands, there are a few health and safety issues to consider.
Crime presents a moderate risk and it's the main security threat in Providenciales. But according to TCI law enforcement data, crime has decreased by 30% since 2015.
Wildlife is relatively safe; there are no poisonous snakes and while mosquitos are common, they are generally not disease-carrying. In fact, the wildest animals you might see on TCI are what the locals call "potcake" dogs. Even still, window screens may not be effective and you'll want to bring bug repellent.
Be careful in the sun. Wear sunglasses, a hat and be sure to apply a lot of sunscreen. Increase your time on the beach gradually. Too much time in the sun without adequate protection might lead to heatstroke. Seek medical attention if fever, chills, dizziness, nausea, or headaches follow overexposure.
Lounging on the beach and swimming in the Caribbean makes for an ideal island vacation. What's more, TCI can be a diver's paradise but you could run the risk of decompression sickness if you aren't careful.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination requirements for Turks and Caicos.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
Once the Covid-19 vaccines are more widely distributed, vaccination may be required prior to departing your country of origin.
You can find more information on the Centers for Disease Control's website.
Visas & documentation
Visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands will need:
- A valid passport for the duration of your stay. You must be in possession of a visa upon your arrival if your passport was issued from a country requiring a visa
- A valid return or onward ticket
- Necessary documents for returning to your country of origin
- You may be asked to prove to the immigration officer that you have a valid reservation for an accommodation
- An immigration officer might request proof of adequate financial support for the duration of your stay or that you have a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of the islands