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 Turks & Caicos - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5

Money

United States dollars (US$). Some Turks and Caicos coins are used.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Turks Caicos is +1 649.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Transport

There are scheduled flights from Miami, Florida, to Providenciales by way of American Airlines. Turks & Caicos Island Airways can get you around the island group, or to Providenciales or Grand Turk from Jamaica, Nassau, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Diplomatic Missions

UK Governor's Office, Grand Turk: Tel +1 649 946 2309.

Canadian High Commission, Kingston, Jamaica (also responsible for Turks and Caicos Islands): Tel +1 876 926 1500

Australian High Commission, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (also responsible for Turks and Caicos Islands): Tel +1 868 628 0695.

Events

Start of South Caicos regatta on Commonwealth Day

Carnival, end of August

Emergencies

Emergencies - Dial 999/911

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

The Turks and Caicos Guide
By Stephen J Pavlidis
Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Edition: 2nd (2002)
ISBN: 1892399113
This is the original in depth cruising guide to the Turks and Caicos region. It includes key harbours on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. The book contains colour charts, GPS waypoints, piloting instructions, approach routes, marinas and anchorages. Also included are dive sites, radio weather broadcasts, tides and currents, and evn history, holidays and customs. In addition, the book contains information on Puerto Plata and luperon in the Dominica Republic with charts and photos.

Turks Islands Landfall - A History of the Turks & Caicos Islands
By Herbert E. Sadler
1997 Edition Editors: Marjorie Sadler, Karen Collins
ISBN 976-8138-62-9

Essential charts of the Islands are available from Wavey Line Publishing, P.O. Box 101, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

Turks & Caicos Tourist Board

Details of marinas

Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
A useful site with information about each of the islands.

Update History

March 2017: Pet import section updated from official sources.
June 2016: All formalities updated with the co-operation of the Turks & Caicos Department of Customs.
February 2016: Radar surveillance station information from Bahamas Chatter.
February 2016: Clearance & Fees updated by Melinda Burnett.
October 2015: Security Section updated
May 2015: Publications checked
April 2015: Formalities and fees updated.
June 2012: 7 day and cruising permit fee updated with information from Andy Pulman.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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