The borders of Trinidad and Tobago are expected to reopen on Saturday, July 17, 2021, with some restrictions for entry.
In additional efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Trinidad & Tobago has implemented a nationwide daily curfew effective Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Travelers with planned visits to Tobago are strongly urged to contact their travel representative or airline for information specific to their locations.
Flights and Border Services
International flights are currently only being served via North America to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad. Passengers can connect to Tobago on a domestic flight from Trinidad.
Fully vaccinated nationals and non-nationals can enter through the airports in Trinidad AND Tobago. Unvaccinated nationals will be required to enter through the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad ONLY and will be required to enter into a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an approved state-supervised hotel. Unvaccinated non-nationals will NOT be permitted entry into Trinidad & Tobago at this time.
ALL travelers, regardless of nationality or residency, will be required to acquire a TTravel Pass. This digital document is a mandatory requirement for anyone who is eligible to enter the country. Visitors can apply online for a TTravel Pass and get more information about travel requirements to Tobago here.
The following outlines travel requirements for nationals and non-nationals:
FULLY VACCINATED NATIONALS
1. Fully vaccinated Nationals (Citizen or Permanent Resident) will be required to upload their vaccination card as proof that they are fully vaccinated. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 14 days after they have received the full dosage of a WHO-approved vaccine, that is, 14 days after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series or 14 days after they have received a single-dose vaccine.
2. Fully vaccinated nationals with no symptoms of COVID-19:
- Will not be required to go into quarantine
- Will not need to be re-tested
3. All travelers are required to submit a negative NASOPHARYNGEAL (nasal swab) RT-PCR test result. This test should have been taken no earlier than seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.
4. Fully vaccinated minors and fully vaccinated adults will be subjected to the same protocols.
5. Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated minors traveling under the care of a fully vaccinated adult will be subjected to the same protocols as the fully vaccinated adult. Additionally, the minor will have to undergo a PCR test between the 3rd and 5th day after arrival in Trinidad and Tobago. This can be done at a public or private testing facility.
1. Unvaccinated /partially vaccinated Nationals (Citizen or Permanent Resident) of Trinidad & Tobago will be required to enter into a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an approved state-supervised hotel, at their expense. Before beginning the application process, travelers MUST have proof of confirmed accommodation at an approved state-supervised quarantine hotel. Proof of confirmation for authorized accommodation is required.
2. If there is no approved, state-supervised accommodation available, an unvaccinated / partially vaccinated passenger will NOT be granted a TTravel Pass.
1. Only fully vaccinated non-nationals are being allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago at this time.
2. Individuals are only considered to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if 14 days have passed since they received the full dosage of a World Health Organisation approved vaccine, i.e. 14 days after they have received a second dose in a 2-dose series or 14 days after they have received a single-dose vaccine.
3. Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago must be fully vaccinated by the time of their application for the TTravel Pass.
Travel between Trinidad and Tobago will operate at reduced capacity. There are currently three (3) daily flights and ferry services will operate at 25% capacity. The revised passenger capacities on the ferries are as follows:
- APT James - 200 passengers
- T&T Spirit - 200 passengers
- Galleons Passage - 150 passengers
All cruise ship visits to Trinidad and Tobago are suspended until further notice.
Seeking Medical Attention
The Tobago COVID-19 hotline is up and running. Call 800-HEAL (4325) toll-free. This hotline is strictly for persons with flu-like symptoms:
Fever with either:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pains
Important phone numbers
International mobile phones on a Trinidad and Tobago network should be able to call the following numbers, accessible 24/7:
- For all Emergency Services, call 211
- For the Scarborough General Hospital, call 660-4744
- Find contact numbers for the nearest health centre in Tobago here.
The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on March 30, 2021, and rollout in Tobago began April 6, 2021 at three sites across Tobago:
- Scarborough Health Centre
- Canaan Health Centre
- Roxborough Health Centre
Residents of Tobago can register to receive vaccinations via WhatsApp, email, or online.
The Government of Trinidad & Tobago announced restrictions and closures of the following businesses and public spaces. A daily curfew is also in effect, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. These measures are in effect until further notice:
- No public gatherings will be allowed (this does not apply to essential services like groceries, banks, etc.)
- Essential businesses are to be closed at 8:00 p.m.
- Hotels, guest houses, and eco-resorts will remain open
- Flights to Tobago have been limited to three per day; ferries will operate 25% capacity
- Public transportation will operate at 75% capacity
- All recreational tours have been ceased
- All beaches are closed to the public, including down the islands
- All restaurants and bars, malls, places of worship, gyms and fitness centers, spas, barbershops, beauty services, casinos, cinemas, clubs, and theaters will be closed
You can view all of the regulations under the Public Health Ordinance here.
The Government amended its Public Health Ordinance to institute a fine for anyone seen not wearing a face mask in public. As it stands, everyone is required to wear a face mask in public or when traveling (with limited exemptions).
Anyone caught by police not wearing a face mask in public can be subject to a fixed penalty fine of TTD$1,000 for the first offense, TTD$2,000 for the second offense, and TTD$3,000 for the third offense.
Failure to pay the fixed penalty may result, on summary conviction, in a fine of TTD$5,000 and a term of imprisonment of three days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the number of positive cases in Tobago high?
Tobago has had comparatively low numbers since the start of the pandemic; there are currently three hundred and fifty-seven (357) active cases on the island and thirty-nine (39) deaths. (Updated on July 28, 2021)
For the latest health information about coronavirus in Tobago, please visit the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development.
Does Trinidad & Tobago have any restrictions on countries that I will be allowed travel from?
There are no travel restrictions or bans on any country at this time.
What vaccines will Trinidad and Tobago recognize as acceptable for incoming travelers?
What types of PCR tests will be accepted/recognized?
Only RT-PCR tests administered through Nasopharyngeal swabs and obtained from accredited laboratories will be accepted. Self-tests and doctor’s letters will not be accepted.
Can people who have recently tested positive and recovered from COVID travel to Tobago?
Non-nationals with a history of infection will still need to have proof of vaccination in order to be permitted entry into Trinidad and Tobago.
What happens if my flight is delayed on the way to Tobago and the 3-day test timeframe expires?
If a visitor's flight is delay en route to Tobago, they will be required to retest.
Will there be any test-on-arrival options?
There are currently no test-on-arrival requirements.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while in Tobago?
Visitors who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay will be subject to the policy of The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development (DHWFD) which holds for ALL persons in Tobago.
They will be placed in home isolation (if they are staying at an appropriate residential facility, not a hotel), or if they are staying at a hotel they will be placed in the state isolation facility for a duration of seventeen (17) days from the day they were tested (if asymptomatic), or twenty (20) days from the day symptoms started.
If a visitor is staying at a villa, they will be allowed to isolate at that villa. Any other guests with them at the time will be quarantined at the villa with them.
The policy of the DHWFD is that ALL persons who are positive for COVID-19 and are 60 years and older with co-morbidities will be admitted to the state isolation facility for close medical monitoring (regardless of their accommodation situation).
What are the approved quarantine locations/properties in Tobago?
There are currently no state-supervised quarantine facilities in Tobago.
Anyone who must be quarantined (unvaccinated Nationals), will have to enter through Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and be quarantined at a facility of their choice for 14 days.
Will I be required to have COVID insurance to cover hotel and subsistence?
No. Only vaccinated visitors will be allowed entry so they will not need to pay for quarantine. If visitors are diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the island they will either be admitted to State isolation facility (free of charge) or if they stay isolated at home, they will have to ensure they have safe means of obtaining meals (eg. family and friends).
Under the current travel restriction, can I still fly domestically (between Trinidad & Tobago)?
Domestic flights between Trinidad and Tobago are still operational during this current period, but at a reduced capacity.
There are currently three (3) daily flights and ferry services will operate at 25% capacity. The revised passenger capacities on the ferries are as follows:
- APT James - 200 passengers
- T&T Spirit - 200 passengers
- Galleons Passage - 150 passengers
For information about the status of coronavirus in Trinidad and Tobago, health guidelines and regular updates, visit the Ministry of Health’s online COVID-19 resources.
You can also follow the Ministry of Health on Twitter @MOH_TT for updates as they happen.
Visit the Office of the Prime Minister's website for official statements on actions taken by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in response to COVID-19.
You can also follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information including live media conferences at https://www.facebook.com/OPMTT/