Port of Entry / Immigration Information

The Caicos Marina & Shipyard is an official port of entry for Providenciales and if you are staying with us, let us know and we will take care of all the customs formalities on your behalf. If you are planning on doing this yourself, the following rules apply:-

All your all vessels entering the waters of the Turks and Caicos must clear in with Customs and Immigration officials at the nearest port of entry. Failure to report within 24 hours may subject you to a penalty and make you liable for confiscation and forfeiture of your vessel. When approaching your selected port of entry be sure to fly your yellow “Q” flag. Only the captain of the vessel may go ashore to arrange clearance and no other shore contact is permitted until pratique is granted. The customs officer will come to you during normal working hours 08:00 to 16:30 Monday through Thursday and 08:00 to 16:00 on Friday. If arriving outside normal working hours or on holidays you may expect to pay overtime charges, usually a $50.00 clearance fee (in or out) and a $10.00 overtime fee Monday through Friday, and an $15.00 fee overtime if you clear in on Sundays and holidays.

Permits & Visas

For your vessel: A cruising permit is required if you intend to stay more than seven days. The cruising permit charge is $300, valid for 90 days. When your cruising permit expires you can renew it for another 90 days. Vessels wishing to stay in the Turks and Caicos for longer than 180 days must pay an Import Duty th at is currently 46% of local valuation or leave the country and not return until the following calender year.

For you:
You are required to report to Immigration to secure a Vistors Visa for your stay. Visas are valid for 30 days and can be renewed twice, each renewal costs $50 per passport.

North Americans need proof of citizenship, a passport (not required) or voter registration card, and a photo ID. As soon as the captain has cleared Customs, you must take down your yellow “Q” flag and replace it with the British courtesy flag. Canadian citizens need a valid passport or some proof of identity such as a birth certificate along with a photo ID and and a visa is not required. Australian, New Zealand, EU, and Japanese citizens need a valid passport, but no visa is required. Citizens of countries not listed above should check with the embassy or consulate in their home country for details on entry requirements.

Most vessels heading across the banks and venturing south to the DR or Puerto Rico leave Provo and head to Ambergris Cay and then Sand Cay. As long you do not stop at any other inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you may proceed straight across the banks and stage your trip from Sand Cay. There are no fees to clear out unless you choose to do so outside of normal working hours. The same rates for overtime are charged as for clearing in.

Firearms, including those charged with compressed air, must be declared and brought in to Customs with you when you clear. Unless you have prior approval in writing from the Commissioner of Police, Customs will impound them and store them for you at the police station until your departure. Spearguns are also illegal and must be brought in to Customs when you clear. There is no quarantine period on pets, all pets must be declared and have a recent bill of health (dated within one month of the date of your departure) from a certified veterinarian. Pets must also have a recent rabies shot. The importation of controlled drugs and pornography is illegal in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Remember: If you are unsure about anything, Caicos Marina & Shipyard can arrange all the customs formalities on your behalf if you are staying with us.

Useful Numbers:
Turks & Caicos Customs Department
Primary Business Address
67 Airport Road
Downtown
Providenciales
Turks & Caicos Islands
Phone: +1 649-946-4450
Fax: +1 649-946-4453
E-mail: customstci@gmail.com
Web: http://www.customs.gov.tc/contactus.jsp

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