The Turks and Caicos Islands benefit from the cooling effects of trade winds from the Southeast Equatorial Current. The islands boast a sub-tropical climate, similar to that of the Bahamas, though slightly warmer and drier. The dry season generally runs from November through May, with scattered showers from June through October. During the cooler months from December through March, the average daily high temperature is approximately 26°C (80°F) which coincides with the peak season. The hotter months are June through October, when the daily average high is 32°C (90°F).
English is the official language of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are unique in that the official currency is the US dollar, despite their status as a British Overseas Territory.
For stays of up to 30 days, no visas are required for citizens of the USA, Canada, UK and EU countries. Most other nationalities require a visa. All nationalities, including US and UK citizens, will need to hold a passport valid for at least six months. Proof of onward transportation is also required upon entry.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are free of malaria and yellow fever, and in general hygiene conditions are very good. No vaccinations are required. The sun can be very strong, and a suitable sunscreen is recommended. A mosquito repellent may be needed in the evenings from time to time. There are two private medical centres and a full-service hospital managed by InterHealth Canada on the island.
Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60 cycles, which is suitable for all US appliances. The Turks and Caicos Islands are on Eastern Standard Time (EST), five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and observe Daylight Saving Time from March to October. During the winter months (December to March) a light sweater may be required in the evenings.