Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent Armed Robberies in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime.  An increase in armed robbery, including violence against victims, remains a threat facing U.S. citizens in the Turks and Caicos.  In the past year, a number of U.S. citizens have fallen victim to armed home invasions while in hotel rooms and private homes, as well as armed robbery while walking after dark.  Two U.S. citizen victims were shot and seriously injured.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including while attending local events; avoid walking on roads and beaches after dark and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Due to the surgical limitations of hospitals in Turks and Caicos, emergency care frequently requires medical evacuation to the United States.  Check in advance with your insurance company that your health insurance covers the cost of medical evacuation to the United States, or obtain traveler’s insurance that offers such coverage.

If you are the victim of a crime abroad (including the loss or theft of a U.S. passport), you should immediately contact the local police (dial “911” or “999”) and obtain a police report.  Contact with the Embassy should be made as soon as possible thereafter.

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