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Money and duty free for Turks and Caicos Islands

Currency and Money

Currency information

US Dollar (USD; symbol US$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of US$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of $1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

Travellers cheques

Accepted by most hotels, shops, restaurants, banks and taxi services.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1630.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, cash or other negotiable instruments with a value over USD10,000.00 have to declared.

Turks and Caicos Islands duty free


The following items may be imported into the Turks and Caicos Islands without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 125g tobacco.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.

• 50ml perfume or 25ml Eau de toilette.

• Personal belongings up to the value of US$600.

Banned Imports

Narcotics, weapons and pornography.

Banned Exports

It is a criminal offence to take shells or coral from any national park, which includes much of the coastline. It is illegal to take any coral out of the country.

Until 2013, visitors had to obtain a permit from the Department of Environmental and Maritime Affairs to export conch shells. However, in conch season (mid-October to mid-July), tourists can now export up to three queen conch shells without a permit. If you wish to export more than three shells, you need to obtain a CITES permit. During closed season (mid-July to mid-October), exporting conch shells is prohibited, but the legislation is currently being revised meaning visitors will soon be able to export conch shells year-round.

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