I just returned from the Turks and Caicos
Islands and wanted to update the group with the current
rates (or at least what I was charged). It is quite difficult to determine exactly what they should be.
I cleared into Grand Turk and was charged $60 to clear in including overtime charges although I presented myself to the office at 10:00am on a weekday. For a cruising permit
, I was charged $300 for 3 months. I could not find this number anywhere on the internet
. My admittedly old cruising guide said it was free of charge and others have been charged $75.00 pre-2011. I think $300 is pretty steep for a 28' boat.
When I arrived, we were the only private sail boat on the island. Either we (cruisers) made them angry in the past or my solitary payment of $300 is going to bail the government
out of their budget
dilema. I was provided a receipt for the $60 but no receipt for the $300.
Has anyone else been there recently? Anyone know how I could find out the correct rules/charges?
My boat is currently on the hard
until Spring. The customs
officer insinuated that I might have to purchase
another cruising permit
when I put my boat in the water
regardless of how long I stay in the local waters. Hmmm. $600 for less than 30 in the TCI waters is even steeper.