Communications and transportation:
To call from Russia to the Turks and Caicos Islands from a landline phone: 8-10-1649-city code-subscriber number. To call the Turks and Caicos Islands from a cell phone: +1649-city code-subscriber number
Cellular communication standards – GSM 850, GSM 900, TDMA. Roaming is not available for Russians.
Good quality wire connection. Payphones work by telephone and – some – by credit cards. An international call can be made from hotels, banks, shopping centers, restaurants, post offices. Phone cards are sold in shopping malls and tobacconists.
Access to the Web can be done from an Internet cafe or an Internet kiosk – there are enough of them here.
Entry: Citizens of Russia to stay on the island require a visa, which is issued at the British Embassy.
To obtain a visa, the following documents are provided:
• a foreign passport, which must be valid both at the time of submitting a visa application and at the time of entry into the country. The passport must have a free page (on both sides) for gluing a visa;
• a copy of the first page of the international passport with the personal data of the owner;
• a completed questionnaire in English.
• 1 recent color photograph 3.5 x 4.5 cm;
• documents confirming the availability of funds sufficient to finance the trip. Such documents include recent bank statements, copies of bank accounts, pay stubs, or documents stamped by the tax office, confirming material well-being. Currency exchange certificates or cash cannot be proof of financial well-being. Direct evidence also does not include documents for movable and immovable property, however, the presence of copies of these documents significantly increases the chances of obtaining a visa;
• certificate of employment (translation and certification are not required) on a form with all the coordinates of the company, indicating the position and salary (preferably not less than 700 US dollars), signed by the director of the company and the chief accountant, certified by a seal. Individual private entrepreneurs will need a photocopy of the certificate of registration of IP / PBYuL and registration with the tax authorities. For non-working pensioners – a photocopy of a pension certificate, a certificate from the place of work of the person paying the travel expenses, or an extract from his bank account, a statement signed by this person that he pays the expenses of staying in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For students – a student card, a certificate from the place of study, a certificate from the place of work of the person paying the travel expenses, a statement signed by this person stating that that he pays the expenses of his stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. For schoolchildren, a certificate from the school, a certificate from the place of work of the person paying for the trip, a statement signed by this person that he pays the costs of staying in the Turks and Caicos Islands;
• old passport, if any;
• an invitation from the host, which should indicate the dates of the trip, the name of the hotel, all the participants in the trip are listed with their dates of birth and passport numbers, confirmation of the hotel reservation;
• original and copy of round-trip tickets.
Requirements for accompanying documents
All accompanying documents (powers of attorney, certificates from work and study, bank statements, sponsorship letters, property documents, etc.) must be translated into English. The translation is attached to each document on a separate sheet. Notarization of the translation is not required.
If you have open, valid visas from the USA, Canada and the UK, you do not need a visa for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Flight: There is no direct flight from Russia. The flight is carried out by British Airways in transit through London (a technical landing is provided in the Bahamas to Nassau). The duration of the flight is approximately 14 hours.
Customs rules: Import and export of national and foreign currencies is not limited. Duty-free import of 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 125 grams of tobacco products, up to a liter of strong alcoholic beverages or up to 2 liters of wine is allowed. The import of drugs and narcotic drugs, pornography and harpoon weapons is prohibited. A permit is required to import firearms.
Tipping: Tipping is not accepted in hotels. In restaurants, tips are about 15%, very often they are already included in the bill.
The islands are safe for recreation, the crime rate is low. Nudity and partial nudity are prohibited on all public beaches.
Care must be taken when swimming and diving. You can swim only in strictly designated places – although the local beaches are quite well equipped, only the area between the reef and the shore is safe. On the outside of the reefs, the seabed is very steep, and the waters are inhabited by many dangerous inhabitants. The currents washing the outer side of the reefs are very strong, and surf and tidal currents also pose a certain danger.
Medical: The level of medical care is quite high, although it is noticeably reduced outside of Grand Turk or Provo. International standard insurance allows you to use the full range of medical services, although in some cases cash payment is required. All the islands have small public clinics, but most of the medical services are provided by private doctors.
Electricity: 120 volts (US standard – flat plug), in some hotels 240 volts, 50 hertz.