Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Turks and Caicos Islands set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Turks and Caicos Islands

Anyone arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands is required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal. With effect from Wednesday 1 September all travellers to Turks & Caicos aged 16 and above must be fully vaccinated and all travellers aged 10 and above (including those fully vaccinated) will be required to upload on to the TCI Assured Portal, one of the following professionally administered test results for entry to the TCI:

  • Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests result (RT-PCR);
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification test result (NAA);
  • RNA or molecular test results; or
  • an Antigen test result

Tests and results need to have been completed within three days of the date of arrival into Turks and Caicos.

Travellers will also be required to provide proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire. From 1 September 2021, all visitors aged 16 and above will also need to provide evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 on arrival to TCI. NHS vaccine cards and/or a letter from your GP or professional body where you were fully vaccinated will be accepted as proof of your vaccination in the UK.

From 1 September 2021, any fully vaccinated tourist testing positive whilst in TCI must self-isolate at their own expense for a period of ten days (10) and undergo a COVID-19 mandatory test on day seven (7) prior to being released.

Any returning resident that is not fully vaccinated must submit a negative, pre-arrival Covid-19 test, and self-quarantine for a period of seven (7) days, including their household, and undergo a mandatory test (required to be negative) on day five (5) prior to being released.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands. More information on pre-travel authorisation to the Turks and Caicos Islands is available online.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

Visas are not required if you have a valid UK Passport. The Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration department will normally give you permission to stay for up to 90 days. You will need a permit to work on any of the islands.

For more information on visa requirements, visit the website of the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Border Control and Employment.

Passport validity

You must hold a valid passport to enter Turks and Caicos. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Turks and Caicos.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit for Turks and Caicos Islands.

Customs regulations

There are restrictions on the import and export of agricultural, food and marine products. Before arrival, all flight passengers will be asked to complete a form providing details of products they are bringing into the country. This form should be handed to a customs official on arrival.

There are no restrictions for travellers on the import of cameras, film or sports equipment. To bring in firearms of any type (including spear guns and Hawaiian slings), you will need written approval from the Commissioner of Police.

Travelling with medicines or any controlled drugs must be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription. Keep all medication in original packaging to avoid confusion and questioning at ports of entry.