Hurricanes: The Turks and Caicos Islands, like all countries in the Caribbean basin, are vulnerable to hurricanes. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, although hurricanes have been known to occur outside that period. Visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands during hurricane season are advised to monitor weather reports daily and have contingency plans.
Customs: The Turks and Caicos customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation or exportation of goods or cash. U.S. citizens have been arrested and face stiff penalties for not following Turks and Caicos customs regulations, especially in the area of firearms or ammunition. If in doubt, you may contact local customs authorities directly at (649) 946-4450 for specific information regarding customs requirements. Tourists who plan to arrive by private boat may seek permission to declare firearms to Turks and Caicos Customs and leave firearms securely on the boat for the duration of their stay in Turks and Caicos.
Boating/Fishing: Boaters and fisherman should be aware that there are stiff penalties for catching lobster or other marine life out of season, undersized, or in protected areas. Sports Fishing license fees and National Park User fees also apply to visitors and residents alike. Specific information is available from the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs at (649) 941-5122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife: There are laws and ordinances in the Turks and Caicos Islands with specific regard to fisheries limits, the protection of plants and the protection of wild birds. There are also areas marked as National Park Zones where restriction of certain activities harmful to ecology is prohibited. Visitors and residents can find further information on the TCI Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources website. All other hunting is prohibited in Turks and Caicos. A number of endangered and/or protected species reside in The Turks and Caicos Islands. U.S. citizens should not disturb, harass, or otherwise threaten wildlife and could receive stiff penalties for doing so.