COVID-19 Travel Advisory

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

What You Need to Know

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

The borders of Trinidad and Tobago remain closed until further notice.

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 -- 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. 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

Nationals, permanent residents, and holders of work permits ONLY will be allowed to enter the country and can apply for a travel exemption. Non-nationals and non-permanent residents and those transiting through Trinidad and Tobago will not be processed for travel. Those who are eligible for travel must apply for a travel exemption via the Ministry of National Security's online portal here. 

 

Inter-island travel

Travel between Trinidad and Tobago will operate at reduced capacity. There will be 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

 

Guidelines for repatriating to Trinidad and Tobago

  • Negative PCR tests are mandatory 72 hours before entering
  • Persons entering the country will be placed in State or State-supervised quarantine for seven (7) days
  • Individuals will be tested on the sixth day. A second negative result will allow for release. 

 

Cruise Ships

All cruise ship visits to Trinidad and Tobago are suspended.

 

Flight Information

British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

 

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
  • 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.

Vaccinations

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:

  1. Scarborough Health Centre
  2. Canaan Health Centre
  3. Roxborough Health Centre

Residents of Tobago can register to receive vaccinations via WhatsApp, email, or online.

 

Public Spaces

 

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 50% 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. 

Masks

August 31, 2020

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 offence, TTD$2,000 for the second offence, and TTD$3,000 for the third offence. 

Failure to pay the fixed penalty may result, on summary conviction, to 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 one hundred and seventy-one (171) active cases on the island and nineteen (19) deaths. (Updated on June 18, 2021)

For the latest health information about the coronavirus in Tobago, please visit the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development.

I'm a national stuck abroad. How do I come home?

The borders of Trinidad and Tobago remain closed to international travel until otherwise advised by the Government. Nationals, permanent residents and holders of work permits who wish to return are required to apply to the Minister of National Security for an exemption for entry into the country; eligible applicants are advised to apply via the Ministry's online portal here.  Please note that ONLY the Ministry of National Security has the authority to approve or deny requests for repatriation flights into Trinidad & Tobago.  Please visit their website for more information here. 

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

Domestic flights between Trinidad and Tobago will still be 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

 

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/