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Entry

Convenient Access in Turks and Caicos Islands

 

As with all ports of entry, there are certain requirements for all vessels arriving into Blue Haven Marina when approaching from outside Turks and Caicos territorial waters. All vessels are required to report to Customs and Immigration when arriving and departing the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Here is a quick checklist of forms/permits you may require during your stay, with further information detailed below:

 

  • Pleasure Craft Report of Arrival and Temporary Importation Declaration (see form below)
  • Cruising Permit (if staying longer than 7 days)
  • Anchoring Permit (see form below)
  • Sport Fishing License

 

Immigration information:

All visitors require a passport which is valid for at least six months.

 

Visas are not required for citizens of the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and EU commonwealth countries.

 

The following countries are also exempt from requiring a visa: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (PR), Congo (Dem Rep), Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Korea (Dem Rep), Korea (Rep), Kuwait, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Surinam, Switzerland, the Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan (China), Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States Pacific Territories, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Samoa and Yemen. For visitors from other countries, please contact your embassy to enquire about your specific entry requirements.

 

Clearing Customs:

All crew must remain onboard the boat until the vessel has been cleared. The Customs Officer will issue you with a Pleasure Craft Report of Arrival and Temporary Importation Form declaring the crew and any goods onboard. For your convenience, you are welcome to download and complete the form below. Customs require 3 copies so you may email it to the marina office where we’ll be happy to print for you. The current fee for clearing in a vessel is US$50 which allows the vessel to remain in Turks and Caicos for seven days without paying customs duties. The same fee must also be paid when clearing out. Please note that overtime fees for Customs Officers apply outside of working hours and a $15 surcharge for clearing in and out on weekend days.

 

Cruising Permits:

Cruising permits are an entry requirement for all vessels wishing to remain in the Turks and Caicos Islands for over seven days and up to three months without paying customs duties. They cost US$300 and may be purchased upon arrival from the Customs Officer. At the expiration of the three months, the vessel must be clear out of Turks and Caicos territorial waters.

 

Anchoring Permits:

For vessels over 60 feet planning to anchor within the boundaries of the designated National Parks, an anchoring permit is required. It is imperative that ALL vessels take due care to anchor on clear sandy bottom type only, and to ensure no damage is sustained to the fragile coral reef ecosystem. If in doubt, please do not drop anchor. The marina office has a chart showing the anchoring zones inside the National Park areas and will be happy to assist you with obtaining your anchoring permit. Please find the application for the permit below.

 

The designated body for anchoring is the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) only. No other government body should be advising of anchoring zones or positions. Click here to see the protected areas of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Fishing License:

Fishing licenses are available either on a daily or monthly basis and are available for purchase from the marina office.

 

Pets:

If you are arriving with your dog or cat onboard, please click here for information on the correct procedures. Quarantine is not an entry requirement for visiting pets but a veterinary certificate stating good health and a current rabies vaccination are required. The Public Health Inspector will examine the animal upon arrival. Please find the relevant forms below for download.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.