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TIME ZONE Atlantic Standard Time.

ELECTRICITY 110 volt/60 cycle, suitable for US appliances.

AREA CODE +1-649


PEOPLE The Turks & Caicos Islanders are mostly of African descent who were brought in to work the saltpans or the cotton plantations. The expatriate population consists of Canadians, British, French, Filipinos, Americans, Jamaicans, Bahamians, Trinidadians, Indians, people from Hispaniola and virtually everywhere in the world.

CLIMATE Constant easterly breezes keep life comfortable, with the coolest months averaging in the 70s (20ºC+) in the winter and the warmest months averaging in the low 90s (32ºC) in the late summer. An average annual rainfall of 40 inches assures us plenty of sunny days.

Casual, comfortable resort and leisure wear is acceptable everywhere, with just a few restaurants requiring formal attire which would include a shirt with collar and pants for the men.

IMMIGRATION/ENTRY Visitors require a valid passport. An onward or return ticket is also required for nonresidents. Visitors can stay up to 90 days automatically. Check your airline for luggage restrictions. For those wishing to work here or establish a business, a business licence and work permit is required before employment. Those wishing to live here need a residency certificate. If you have a valid work permit but do not wish to live here permanently, you do not require a residency certificate.


Visitors may bring in duty free one carton of cigarettes or cigars, one bottle of liquor and some perfume for their own use. The importation of firearms, controlled drugs and pornography is strictly forbidden. Returning residents may bring in $400 worth of merchandise per person, duty free. A duty of 15% to 36% is charged on most imported goods and forms the major source of government revenue.

ECONOMY Initially, the economy of TCI relied on the export of salt and conch meat. Over the years, various exports maintained the local economy. Guano, cotton, sisal, fish, conch, lobster and sponges have been replaced by tourism and financial services. Fish and seafood are still lucrative exports.

A wide variety of financial services are available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. The Financial Services Commission regulates and promotes the industry in major world markets.

TAXES There are no direct taxes on either income or capital for individuals or companies. There are no exchange controls. Indirect taxation comprises customs duty, stamp duty on certain transactions and departure tax.

GOVERNMENT The Islands are a British Overseas Territory, headed by a Governor who is appointed by the Queen. Governor Dr. John Freeman presides over an executive council formed by the elected local self-government, headed by the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.

Government offices are located on Grand Turk, with branches on other Islands as needed. The legal system is based on English Common Law.

PETS Your pet may travel with you but you must meet all the conditions of the TCI Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Services. This includes an Import Permit, Veterinary Health Certificate, Vaccination Certificate and Laboratory Test Results, which must ALL be submitted at the port of entry to obtain veterinary clearance. If you don’t have your documents in order, prior to arrival, the result may be that your pet is deported or euthanised. Animalhealthservicestci@gmail.com

HOLIDAYS IN TCI Public bank holidays - businesses and banks close for the following: (Jan) New Year’s Day, (Mar) Commonwealth Day, (April) Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, (May) National Heroes Day, (Jun) The Queen’s Birthday, (Aug) Emancipation Day, (Sep) National Youth Day, (Oct) National Heritage Day, (Nov) Day of Thanksgiving, (Dec) Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

CHURCHES There are many faiths represented in the TCI. Newcomers are welcomed at all churches, which are a centre of community life. Some of the churches include: Adventist, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist, Catholic, Church of God of Prophecy, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Pentecostal and Faith Tabernacle Church of God.

CABLE TELEVISION Multi-channel satellite television service is provided on Providenciales and on Grand Turk with various channel packages available including movies and sports events.

RADIO Local radio stations include: 92. 5 Power-FM Radio, WPRT 88.7 Providenciales Radio, 102.5 KISS FM. 104.5 FM Tradewinds. RTC 105.9 FM TCI News, RTC 107.7 FM TCI News, KIST106.3 Gospel.

POSTAL SERVICE The Providenciales Post Office and Philatelic Bureau is located downtown at Butterfield Square. Grand Turk Post Office is located on Front Street. All mail is transported by air. There are many different issues and denominations for stamp enthusiasts to collect. Stamps for postcards are: USA - 50¢, Canada/UK - 60¢, Europe - 80¢, Africa - $1.10. Postage for letters, each 1/2 ounce is: USA - 60¢, Canada/UK - 80¢.


Importation of Animals

TCI Dept. of Agriculture . . . . . . 338-5263

Stray Feral Dogs

TCI Dept. of Agriculture . . . . . . 338-5265

Deceased Animal Removal

Environmental Health . . . . . . . . 941-5068

Found or Injured Animals

TCSPCA . . . . . . . . . . . . 941-8846/231-3052

Potcake Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231-1010


Some precautions should deter the most common problems faced by our visitors.

• Do not walk on side walks in dark areas with bush-lined roads.

• Be aware of anyone following you at night.

• If you are staying in a private home or villa and it has a security system, use the security system.

• Lock your hotel, condo or villa doors and do not leave accessible louvered window slats open.

• Use the hotel safe for storage of valuables.

• Do not stop for anyone trying to block you in the road, except police officers.

• To prevent the loss of cash, jewellery and identification, do not leave your valuables in plain sight, unattended, in your automobile or on the beach.

• Do not leave anything of value in your rental car when parking in remote locations or at marked public beach accesses.

• Leave your car unlocked so thieves do not need to break the windows to discover there is nothing inside worth stealing.

• Report any problems immediately to the police and your resort or villa manager. Report vehicle accidents to the police and your auto rental company.

Police Department 946-4259.