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Turks and Caicos Islands Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever No
Typhoid Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies No
Malaria No
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes

Health Care

There is a limited reciprocal health agreement with the UK. On presentation of proof of residence in the UK (NHS card, driving licence, etc), those under 16 or over 65 receive all medical and dental treatment free of charge. Other UK residents are entitled to free treatment as follows: on Grand Turk, dental treatment, prescribed medicines and ambulance travel; on the outer islands, medical treatment at government clinics and prescribed medicines. There are community clinics on all islands, and a small hospital on Grand Turk, as well as a number of private practitioners, and also an emergency care facility, but for serious emergencies patients are taken to the USA. Comprehensive insurance is strongly advised for all nationals.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Vaccination against hepatitis B is sometimes advised. Occasional cases of dengue fever have been reported.


An HIV test required for those seeking a work or study visa. Travellers staying longer than 30 days must have an HIV test after arrival.

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