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Turks and Caicos Islands Health & Safety Advice

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Health

There are limited medical facilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. There is one small public hospital on Grand Turk, a private clinic on Providenciales ("Provo") Island, equipped with a decompression chamber, and community clinics on all islands. More severe medical issues would require medical evacuation by air to the United States or The Bahamas.

Comprehensive travel medical insurance is strongly advised; it is highly recommended that such insurance adequately covers medical evacuation.

Food and Water

Tap water should be boiled or otherwise sterilized before drinking, brushing teeth or making ice. Bottled water is recommended. Meat, fish and vegetables should be cooked and fruits peeled before consumption.

Safety

The crime rate in The Turks and Caicos Islands is relatively low and the islands are considered very safe for tourists. Crimes, however, occur, in most cases involving petty thefts and burglary. Providenciales has experienced more crimes than the other islands.

Travelers should take common sense precautions - don't leave valuables in plain view, don't leave them unattended, particularly on beaches. It's recommended to exercise caution when walking after dark or in isolated areas, such as deserted beaches. Everyone should also lock the car when leaving it, lock their hotel door. When staying at a hotel, visitors are encouraged to store their passports and other identity documents, airline tickets, credit cards, and extra cash in hotel safes. It is also advisable to avoid using ATMs after dark.




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