Foreign travel advice

Turks and Caicos Islands

Summary

The Turks and Caicos Islands were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma on 7 September 2017 and the island of Grand Turk was further affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria on 22 September 2017. Commercial flights have resumed in and out of Providenciales. Shops are open and supplies are returning to normal. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Some hotels were affected by Hurricane Irma and a number have had to close temporarily for repairs (though seasonal closures at this time of year are anyway not unusual). If you are considering travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands, you should ensure you have made arrangements for accommodation and checked they are still available.

On Grand Turk, there was significant damage to infrastructure and communications, with many homes and buildings damaged. Power is now being restored gradually across the island. Telephony currently remains erratic and internet services are still down, but the situation is improving as utility companies work to provide services. Most hotels remain shut for repairs. You should therefore check and reconfirm your accommodation before you arrive.

The UK is providing assistance and financial support to the Turks and Caicos Islands following the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. See this page for more information on the UK government response.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation. The local authorities deal with all requests for emergency assistance. See Emergency assistance.

The hurricane season usually runs from June to November and further storms could affect the Caribbean this year. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already caused by Hurricane Irma. You should monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities in the case of any further storms. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified Turks and Caicos Islands as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the Turks and Caicos Islands, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.