Frequently asked questions

Who owns Turks and Caicos?
The islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

Who governs Turks and Caicos?
Currently ruled directly by a British-appointed governor. Its autonomous system of government was suspended in August 2009.

What is the capital?
Cockburn Town on the island of Grand Turk.

How safe is it?
The country is one of the safest places to live and visit in the region.

What is the nickname?
TCI is a common used term.

Are Turks and Caicos Islands part of the Caribbean?
Technically no, the country is located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.

Which island are near Turks and Caicos Islands?
The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola.

What is the most popular island?
Providenciales is by far the main tourist attraction, followed by Grand Turk.

How many island are there in Turks and Caicos?
About 300. Mostly small islands and cays. Only 8 of the islands are inhabited.

Who discovered Turks and Caicos?
The first documented European to sight the islands was Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León in 1512.

Where does the name come from?
Turk's-cap cactus is a plant widely seen on the Turks islands. And Caicos comes from the Lucayan term caya hico, meaning string of islands.

Which currency does the country use?
The US dollar is the official currency.

What is the climate?
The island have a relatively dry and sunny marine tropical climate with relatively consistent temperatures throughout the course of the year. Summertime temperatures rarely exceed 33 °C (91 °F) and winter nighttime temperatures rarely fall below 18 °C (64 °F).

Is there an airport?
Yes on Providenciales. British Airways offer weekly direct flight from Heathrow to Providenciales, and various America operators fly from Miami, JFK, Atlanta and Charlotte. There are also direct flights from Toronto.

Does Turks and Caicos have mountains?
No the islands are flat and consists of mainly swamps, marshes, woods and meadows. Flamingo Hill on East Caicos is the highest point (156 feet).

How many citizens does Turks and Caicos have?
About 31,000 (2012). Mainly on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales.

Which languange is spoken?
The official language is English. But Turks and Caicos Islands Creole is spoken by the population. As well as Spanish.

What is the common religion?
The majority of the population of the Turks and Caicos Islands are Christian. With 35.8% Baptists as largest group.

What are the most popular sports?
Cricket is the national sport.

Where do most tourists come from?
The islands are most popular by tourists from the US and Canada.

Do i need a Visa?
Effective January 8, 2007 all US Citizens traveling by air to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be required by the US Government to have a valid US passport. Cruise ship passengers have until June 1, 2009 to meet the requirement. Visitors from other countries do require passports, but no visas are necessary except from countries of the former Eastern Bloc. They are advised to contact the nearest British Consulate Office.

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