Everything You Need To Know About Traveling to Turks and Caicos

It’s no wonder why travelers choose to vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands year after year. The islands are home to spectacular natural landscapes and warm, friendly people. They’re safe to explore and enjoy some of the best weather in the Caribbean.

Plus, they’re easy to get to, with major cities like Miami, New York and Toronto flying direct to Providenciales, the international hub of the islands. Thinking of planning a vacation to our sunny isles? Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Turks and Caicos.

Do I need a passport to fly to Turks and Caicos?

Yes, you will need a passport to enter the Turks and Caicos. Keep in mind that to board your flight, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your departure date. You will also need proof of onward travel to enter the islands. 

Before booking your trip, make sure that there are no restrictions that prohibit you from traveling to the islands without a visa. Travelers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and most Caribbean countries do not need a visa to visit Turks and Caicos. You can find a list of visa-exempt countries here.

As of 2022, Russian and Ukrainian nationals must obtain a visa to visit Turks and Caicos.

How long is the flight to Turks and Caicos? 

Conveniently located for North American travelers, the Turks and Caicos is a 2-hour flight from Miami, 4-hour flight from Toronto, and 4-hour flight from New York. Direct flights are also available from: 

  • Atlanta, GA via Delta Airlines (3 hours) 

  • Charlotte, NC via US Airways (3 hours)

  • Boston via American Airlines (4 hours, seasonal)

  • Fort Worth via American Airlines (4 hours, seasonal) 

  • Philadelphia via US Airways (3.5 hours)

  • Chicago via United Airlines (4 hours)

  • London via British Airways (12 hours)

  • Montreal via Air Canada (4 hours) 

What should I pack for Turks and Caicos? 

The Turks and Caicos are sunny year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 75° F. In the summer, it can get as hot as 95° F. Think light, breathable clothing, sun-protection like sunscreen, hats, and swim shirts, and of course, bathing suits. You may also want to pack:

  • Camera

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Insect repellent for visits to North and Middle Caicos

  • Water shoes

  • Snorkeling equipment

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • A cooler bag for beach trips

  • UK to US plug adapter (the island uses US plugs)

  • A printed copy of your travel insurance policy

Despite being a British colony, the local currency is the US dollar. Most places accept debit or credit card, but we recommend having about $500 in cash handy for small transactions and tipping around the island. 

What else do I need to know?

The Turks and Caicos Islands are an English-speaking overseas territory of the British commonwealth. The territory shares a time zone with New York and observes daylight savings time annually. The water here is safe to drink—incidences of travel-related stomach bugs are extremely uncommon, so give the street food a try (we recommend the conch fritters and conch salad from any of the vendors at the Providenciales Fish Fry).

At 38 square miles, the island of Providenciales is small—but not small enough to get everywhere you need to go on foot. We recommend renting a car if you want to explore the island during your stay, otherwise there are a number of taxi companies to choose from. Bear in mind each company charges per person.

The islands are within the Caribbean hurricane belt, though severe storms are rare. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the threat of storms higher towards the end of August and September.

Let The Somerset be your guide to beautiful Turks and Caicos

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