Foreign travel advice

Turks and Caicos Islands

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the island of Grand Turk. In the remainder of the Turks and Caicos Islands, in particular Providenciales, services are returning to normal.

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 of the 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 has been significant damage to infrastructure and communications with many homes and buildings damaged. Grand Turk remains without mains power and with limited telephony, though the authorities are working with power and telephone companies to restore service as soon as possible.

The UK is providing assistance and financial support to the Turks and Caicos Islands. See this page for more information on the UK government response and advice for British nationals.

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.