COVID-19

What You Need to Know

Destination Tobago is committed to ensuring that your visitor experience is memorable but most importantly, healthy and safe. 

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the Ministry of Health, has been closely monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is working with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and other relevant authorities. The global outbreak and impact of COVID-19 are unprecedented, causing several ripple effects for travel. Your health and safety priority are our priority and we are working hard to provide you with as much up-to-date information as possible. 

Travel Advisory

May 18, 2020

Condor Airlines has canceled all long-haul flights until June 25, 2020. This means that the following flights will be cancelled:

Friday, May 22 - Friday, June 19, 2020: Frankfurt-Tobago-Barbados-Frankfurt (DE225)

Virgin Atlantic will continue to provide airlift to Tobago from London, England, pending the lifting of travel restrictions enforced by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the UK Government. However, when Tobago services re-commence, they will be operating via Antigua instead of Saint Lucia as existed prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. Additionally, these flights will depart from the London Heathrow airport instead of London Gatwick, allowing for seamless connections onto Europe and the rest of the Virgin Atlantic network.

 

March 19, 2020 

German travel: German visitors are strongly advised to sign up for Condor’s “Fly Home” initiative with the German Federal Foreign Office. This will assist with finding out how many passengers are stranded in order to coordinate special flights to Germany. The website can be accessed (in German only) here. 

U.K. travel: Until Trinidad and Tobago’s travel restrictions are lifted, the final flights that will land in Tobago from the UK will be a Virgin Atlantic flight on Sunday, March 22, and a British Airways flight on Monday, March 23, 2020. Passengers currently in Tobago are advised to contact their airline directly for rebooking guidance. Passengers who have booked their trip as part of a package tour should contact their tour operator directly.

 

March 18, 2020

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced a 14-day travel restriction on all entries into Trinidad and Tobago. From 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will restrict all entry into the country for the next 14 days except for nationals.

Travelers with planned visits to Tobago are strongly urged to contact their travel representative or airline for information specific to their locations. Trinbagonians have been strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Trinidad & Tobago.

If you would like more information concerning travel restrictions and other decisions by our government in response to COVID-19, please visit the website for the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago here.

Flights and Border Services

 

May 4, 2020

During a Ministry of Health virtual press conference Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram stated that even when the borders do re-open there will be caveats: "Borders will generally have to be opened on a phased basis; nationals versus non-nationals, possibly even by country, by region, depending on the level of COVID in those particular territories.” 

 

April 25, 2020

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended the stay-at-home order and closure of Trinidad and Tobago's borders from April 30 to May 15. 

 

March 21, 2020
 

The Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago announced that on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at midnight, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will be completely closing its borders inclusive of airports and seaports.

 

March 18, 2020

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago announced on March 16, 2020, a 14-day travel restriction on all entries into Trinidad and Tobago. From 11:59 p.m. March 17, 2020, only holders of a valid Trinidad and Tobago passport will be allowed to land in the country.

Non-nationals and non-permanent residents and those transiting through Trinidad and Tobago will not be processed for travel. Holders of work permits must apply for an exemption from the Minister of National Security to travel.

 

Cruise Ships

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago announced on March 12, 2020, that all cruise ship visits to Trinidad and Tobago are suspended for the current cruise season, which ends on April 24, 2020.

More information about this announcement can be found here.

TTAL British Airways
British Airways
TTAL Caribbean Airlines
Caribbean Airlines
TTAL Condor Airlines
Condor Airlines
TTAL Sunwing
Sunwing Airlines
TTAL Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic

Seeking Medical Attention

March 31, 2020

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • 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.

Events and Public Spaces

 

March 21, 2020

The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation wishes to advise the public that the following beach facilities will be closed from Saturday, March 21, 2020, until further notice. 

  • Mt Irvine Beach Facility
  • Castara Beach Facility
  • Parlatuvier Beach Facility
  • Bloody Bay Beach Facility
  • Charlotteville Beach Facility
  • Speyside Beach Facility
  • King’s Bay Beach Facility
  • Fort Granby Beach Facility
  • Store Bay Beach Facility
  • Pigeon Point Beach Facility

 

March 18, 2020

Events exceeding five people are not permitted in Trinidad and Tobago at this time. Please contact your event organization or venue directly for the latest details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be automatically quarantined if I am a non-national?

The Ministry of Health of Trinidad & Tobago has advised self-quarantining for nationals who have a recent travel history. While it is not mandatory for visitors to self-quarantine, given the severity of the current health crisis and the global approach to reducing the spread of the coronavirus, it is strongly advised to practice social distancing and other measures including regular washing of hands and sanitising surfaces around you. 

If you think you may have some of the symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. 

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.

Does the ban affect my return flight home?

March 18, 2020

No. The current travel restriction applies to inbound flights to Trinidad & Tobago. Passengers will be allowed to embark on outbound flights once their country’s travel regulations permit. Please contact your travel representative or airline for guidance on return flights. 

Under the current travel restriction, can I still fly domestically (between Trinidad & Tobago)?

Domestic flights between Trinidad & Tobago will still be operational during this current period, as confirmed by officials at Caribbean Airlines Limited. This means that visitors who are currently in the country will be able to travel unrestricted between the two islands if necessary.

Who conducts tests for COVID-19 in Trinidad & Tobago?

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the only lab that is certified to test samples for COVID-19 and therefore, the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples. The Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago shares these results from CARPHA via their Facebook page almost daily. For more information, visit CARPHA’s website here.

Stay Informed

Ministry of Health

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.

Office of the Prime Minister

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/