Coronavirus – Travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago
Coronavirus Travel Health
Check out the latest information on the risk of COVID-19 for Trinidad and Tobago on the TravelHealthPro website
Visit the TravelHealthPro website for more advice on travel abroad and reduce the spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entrance and borders
Check the entry requirements to find out what you’ll need to do when you arrive in Trinidad and Tobago.
British nationals wishing to enter or leave Trinidad and Tobago must first obtain a travel exemption from the Trinidad and Tobago Department of National Security via a online application.
Trip to Trinidad and Tobago
The government of Trinidad and Tobago is maintaining restrictions in response to the COVID-19 under investigation. On May 16, 2021, Trinidad and Tobago instituted a state of emergency with a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and all non-essential movement banned. This is in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago.
Many hotels remain open for business. You should contact your hotel directly to understand the restrictions in effect.
Public places and services
Schools and universities remain closed for most annual groups. On February 8, high schools reopened to students in grades 4 to 6, using a hybrid system of online lessons with physical lessons if needed. Primary schools remain closed.
The government has introduced a series of restrictions to curb the increase in COVID-19 cases. As of May 16, 2021, a state of emergency came into effect with a curfew in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Outside of these hours, all non-essential movement is also prohibited. Public gatherings are limited to groups of 5 people (10 for weddings and funerals). Restaurants, bars, cinemas, casinos and all non-essential businesses are closed. All places of worship, gymnasiums, spas, hairdressers and clubs or theaters are closed. Beaches, rivers and public swimming pools are also off-limits to members of the public. Outdoor sports or exercise in public places are also prohibited. The civil service operates solely on the basis of essential services.
Supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential retail businesses remain open during restricted opening hours.
The inter-island ferry service operating between Trinidad and Tobago has a 25% reduced frequency and flights have been reduced to three per day for essential travel only (social distancing protocols in place). Public transport is also operating at 50% of its capacity.
These public health restrictions will be reviewed on July 4, 2021.
Under the public health regulations of August 31, 2020, it is mandatory for anyone aged 8 and over to wear a mask in public spaces, including when traveling in a private vehicle. Failure to do so results in a fine. You must respect all the precautionary measures put in place by the local authorities.
Health in Trinidad and Tobago
The government of Trinidad and Tobago has set up a COVID-19 hotline made up of doctors. If you think you have symptoms, please contact the hotline at +1 868 877-WELL (9355) in Trinidad or +1 868 800-HEAL (4325) toll free in Tobago.
COVID-19 testing facilities in Trinidad and Tobago are located at T&T Department of Health website.
You should not report to any health facility, but rather quarantine yourself and follow the instructions provided by the authorities.
For the contact details of English-speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental well-being is important. Read tips on how to take care of your mental well-being and mental health.
See Health for more details on health care in Trinidad and Tobago.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Trinidad and Tobago
Whenever possible, UK nationals should make an effort to be vaccinated in the country where they live.
As information on the national immunization program becomes available, this page will be updated. Sign up to receive email notifications.
You can find information about the national immunization program in Trinidad and Tobago at Ministry of Health website.
The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK authority responsible for assessing the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines. It has authorized the Pfizer / BioNTech, Oxford / AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines for temporary supply and use in the UK. Learn more about MHRA approval for these vaccines.
UK nationals living abroad should seek medical advice from their local healthcare provider in the country where they reside. Information on vaccines used in other national programs, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities. This list of strict regulatory authorities recognized by the World Health Organization can also be a useful source of additional information. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization COVID-19 vaccine page.
For more information on the financial support you can access abroad, see our tips on financial aid.
Back in UK
Upon your return, you must follow the rules to enter the UK.
You are responsible for organizing your own COVID-19 test, in accordance with UK government testing requirements. You must contact the local authorities to information on test facilities.
The British High Commission is in regular contact with airlines, authorities in Trinidad and Tobago and other governments on trade options for returning to the UK.
The High Commission understands that there may be limited private charter options for the return from Trinidad and Tobago to Europe. A private charter company operates these flights. The British High Commission is unable to respond to any reservations or inquiries regarding these flights. If you would like to receive further information, you should register your interest with the private company offering this service by sending an email to [email protected]
You will need to pay for your return trip to the UK. If departure options are available but you cannot afford the travel costs and you have exhausted all other options for obtaining funds, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government. This is a last resort option and you will need to repay the loan when you return to the UK. For more information, you must contact Corporate Travel Management (CTM). CTM is a commercial partner of the FCDO and are authorized to administer these loans on behalf of the FCDO.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. All phone numbers are available 24/7.