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Area Code -- The area/country code for the TCI is 649.

ATMs & ABMs -- FirstCaribbean has 24-hour ABM service at its main branch on Grand Turk. Scotiabank has a 24-hour ATM at Waterloo Plaza on Grand Turk. TCI Bank Limited (TCIB) has an ATM on Grand Turk.

Banks -- Branches and ATMs of FirstCaribbean International Bank (tel. 649/946-4245; www.firstcaribbeanbank.com) and Scotiabank (tel. 649/946-4750; www.scotiabank.com) are at convenient and central locations on Grand Turk. The country's first indigenous bank, TCI Bank Limited (TCIB), has opened a branch on Grand Turk.

Emergencies -- Call tel. 649/946-2299 if you need the police.

Hospitals & Medical Facilities -- In April 2010, Turks & Caicos Island Hospital, the nation's first modern hospital, opened its two centers, one of which is the Cockburn Town Medical Center on Grand Turk. Grand Turk Hospital is on Hospital Road in Grand Turk (tel. 649/946-2040).

Internet Access -- You can access the Internet at the small Internet cafe at Mr. Cee's Supermarket (Pond Rd.; tel. 649/946-2995), or try your hotel. Costs are typically around $10 an hour.

Language -- The official language is English.

Post Office -- The Grand Turk Post Office (tel. 649/946-1334) is located in Cockburn Town. It's open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Taxes -- There is a departure tax of $35, payable when you leave the islands (it's often included in the cost of your airfare). The government collects an 11% occupancy tax, applicable to all hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants in the 40-island chain. Resorts often add a 10% to 15% service charge on top of the government tax.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.