Turks & Caicos Islands

Turks & Caicos Islands

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The Turks and Caicos Islands are in the West Indies in the North Atlantic Ocean. They are located north of Haiti and southeast of The Bahamas. There are two main groups of islands, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. The largest city is Providenciales. The population is approximately 44 million people.

The Turks and Caicos are a British overseas territory with a self government. The chief of state is the Queen of England, represented by a governor general who is appointed by the monarch. Due to allegations of widespread corruption, in August 2009, the British government removed the governor from office, suspended the House of Assembly, and imposed direct rule for a two year period. The interim government worked toward strengthening public finances, developing the economy, and modernising legislation leading up to the November 2012 elections.

The economy depends predominately on tourism and the offshore financial services sector. With beautiful beaches, good diving opportunities, and consistent moderate temperatures, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a popular tourist destination.

Currency USD: US dollar
Language English
Capital Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert March 21, 2017 - Zika virus in the Caribbean - update

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Turks & Caicos Islands. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a high risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in the Turks and Caicos Islands through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in the Turks and Caicos Islands, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Dengue Fever

Dengue fever outbreaks have occurred in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hepatitis B

The risk of acquiring hepatitis B in the Turks and Caicos Islands is low.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Zika Fever

Zika fever can occur in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Turks & Caicos Islands.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Turks & Caicos Islands.

None required.

Safety and Security in Turks & Caicos Islands

Emergency Numbers

911
999

Personal Safety

Travellers do not usually have any safety and security issues in the Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.). However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, does occur in busy tourist areas and transportation hubs. Reports of armed robbery also occur. Ensure your personal belongings are kept safe and avoid carrying large amounts of cash and valuables on your person or to the beach. Avoid secluded areas and empty beaches after dark, and do not leave drinks or food unattended.

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