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General Info, Travel Info, & FAQs are provided to assist with your vacation.

Visitors may bring in duty free 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 1.136 litres of spirits or wine and perfume for personal use.

For more information call the Customs Department at 649/946-2801.

Also see the section in General Info: Illegal items.

There are no restrictions on importing pets, although all vaccinations should be up to date.

Most flights arrive at Providenciales International Airport (airport code PLS). Grand Turk (airport code GDT) and South Caicos (airport code XSC) also have international airports, and the other main islands, except East and West Caicos, have domestic airports. Flying time from Miami is about 75 minutes and from New York, three hours.

Airlines that service the Turks & Caicos include Air Canada (tel 941-3136), Air Turks & Caicos (tel 941-5481), American Airlines (tel 800/433-7300), Bahamasair (tel 941-3136), British Airways (tel 800/247-9297), Continental Airlines (tel 800/231-0856), Delta Airlines (tel 800/221-1212), TCI Sky King (tel 941-3136) and US Airways (tel 800/622-1015).

Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.

If you go to remote islands or isolated areas be sure to inform a friend, relative or your hotel reception desk of your destination and expected return time. Avoid isolated areas at night, including North-West Point on Providenciales.

There are plenty of car rental agencies. Bicycles, buggies and scooters can also be rented. To rent a car you will need your valid driver's license from home. There is a US$15 flat tax charged on all rentals. Although driving is on the left, left-hand-drive cars are common.

Roads are generally in fair condition although many do not have street signs. Secondary roads are generally not paved and ruts and potholes are common. Watch out for steep shoulder drop-offs, blind intersections and people, wild donkeys and other animals along the side of the road, especially at night. Avoid driving at night, particularly in remote areas, and be cautious along the Leeward Highway on Providenciales, where major accidents are on the rise.

Driving is on the left. Speed limits are 20 mph in town and 40 mph elsewhere. It is illegal to drink and drive.

Traffic circles/roundabouts are used for traffic control. If you've never used a roundabout, remember: vehicles already in the roundabout have right of way; yield to traffic on your right, signal, then slowly move in and keep left at all times.

CAR RENTALS (country code 649)
Providenciales: Avis (airport), 946-4705; Budget Rent-a-Car, 946-4079 or 946-5400; Hertz, 941-3910; Island Rent A Car, 946-4993; Mystique Car Rental and Tours, 941-3910; Provo Rent A Car, 946-4475; Rent A Buggy, 946-4158; Scooter Bob, 946-4684; T C National Car Rental, 946-4701; Tropical Auto Rental, 946-5300

Grand Turk: Dutchie's Car Rental, 231-1684; Tony Car Rental (airport), 946-1879

Taxis have meters and fares are set according to the distance travelled. Verify the fare with the driver prior to departure. Island taxi tours are available in addition to standard taxi service.

Providenciales: Nell's Giftshop, Taxi & Tours, 941-3228 or 231-0051; Paradise Beach Transportation, 941-3555; Provo Taxi and Bus Group, 946-5481 or 946-5883; Provo Taxi Association, 946-531

Grand Turk: Four Corners Taxi Tours, 946-2239

On Providenciales the Gecko Shuttle Bus (tel 941-7433 or 232-7433) provides transportation services for visitors throughout the Grace Bay and Turtle Cove areas, as well as to the Graceway IGA and Central Square Shopping Center on Leeward Hwy. It operates every 30 minutes 9am-12 midnight Sun-Wed and 9am-2am Thurs-Sat.

Gecko route maps are available at hotels and shops. The red line begins at Beaches Resort in the west end and travels on the lower Bight and Grace Bay roads. The blue line begins at Provo Golf Course and travels along the Grace Bay roads to Beaches Resort.

Single tokens for one trip cost US$4 or you can buy one- to 14-day passes for adults, children or families. They are available at most resorts in the Grace Bay area or at shops and restaurants displaying the red Gecko sign.

Providenciales (airport code PLS), Grand Turk (airport code GDT) and South Caicos (airport code XSC) have international airports, while the other main islands, except East and West Caicos, have domestic airports.

Air Turks & Caicos (tel 941-5481, Providenciales; 946-1667, Grand Turk; 946-6940 or 241-1009, Salt Cay; 946-7036, North Caicos; 946-6199, Middle Caicos) and Sky King (tel 941- 5464) offer regularly scheduled flights and charters between the islands. Global Airways (tel 941-3222, Providenciales; 946-7093, North Caicos) also offers charter flights.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

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