Is Turks And Caicos Safe To Visit? Travel Advisory 2024

Turks and Caicos are among the Caribbean’s safest islands. That being said, there are a few things tourists should be aware of as crime does occur. To drastically lower the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime, travelers should steer clear of specific behaviors and locations.

In the Turks and Caicos, locals are victims of the majority of crimes. When it comes to robberies and home invasions, a group of criminals carry out multiple crimes over a few days or weeks until they are caught, at which point the situation returns to a largely tranquil state.

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LATEST NEWS from Turks And Caicos

February 16 – Update to response on the recent shooting in Turks And Caicos

The government of Turks and Caicos has sent the community their sincere condolences for the shooting that took place when kids were playing sports close to a school.

To enhance the strategic operational proficiency and focus of the RTCIPF, the Governor is appointing several officials in addition to the upcoming deployment of skilled firearms officers from the United Kingdom.

This additional capability will guarantee the full strength of the executive forces and invigorate the RTCIPF’s tactical and strategic toolkit for island-wide law enforcement.

Official Travel Advisory

U.S. Travel Advisory

Turks and Caicos is classified as a level 2 destination, indicating that travelers should exercise caution to avoid being targeted by opportunistic crimes, which are somehow uncommon in the region. Common crimes in Turks and Caicos include drug-related offenses, theft, and assault. By taking common sense precautions, visitors can feel secure even in areas labeled as “dangerous.”

Canada Travel Advisory

Armed robberies and muggings happen, usually in tourist-heavy areas. Compared to the other islands, Providenciales has a higher crime rate, so exercise extra caution there.

Furthermore, never accept food or beverages from strangers or leave them unsupervised. When accepting snacks, drinks, gum, or cigarettes from individuals who are unfamiliar, exercise caution. These products might include drugs that increase your vulnerability to robbery and sexual assault.

Areas to Avoid

In the Turks and Caicos, isolated and remote locations may be more prone to criminal activity, including armed burglaries. These places are Northwest Point, Bonefish Point, Malcolm Roads Beach, and West Harbour Bluff. Although there aren’t many crimes in these areas, the proportionate risk is high given the low volume of tourist traffic in the area.

If needed, taxi drivers can provide you with helpful advice. If you are not being personally escorted by local friends, relatives, or business associates, do not venture away from popular spots at night.

Common Scams

Taxi overcharging is the most prevalent scam in Turks and Caicos. 

In Providenciales, there is a taxi rate fare scam that visitors have reported. Hotel front desk staff will direct you to taxis with whom they have a criminal relationship, whereupon they will overcharge you. The hotel staff and taxi drivers will each receive a portion of the money. The same thing happens at the airport when the “friendly” employees call a cab for you.

Safety Tips for Turks and Caicos

  • When renting a private villa, inquire about the availability of overnight security guards or alarm systems. Ideally, the villa should have both for enhanced safety.
  • Avoid leaving valuable belongings unattended while at the beach.
  • While credit cards are widely accepted with minimal reported incidents of fraud, it’s advisable to carry cash for tips and certain local transactions.
  • If carrying cash, exercise discretion and keep the majority secured in the safe provided by your accommodation.
  • Refrain from leaving luggage unattended in your rental car, and avoid wearing flashy jewelry and carrying expensive purses.
  • Remember that some stores may require a photo ID for credit card transactions.
  • Use ATMs during daylight hours and in well-populated areas for added security.