COVID-19 Travel Advisory
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.
The borders of Trinidad and Tobago remain closed until further notice.
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
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.
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.
Ferry services are currently operating at a reduced capacity. Flights from Trinidad to Tobago have resumed with six flights operating daily at half capacity.
On October 24, 2020, the Minister of National Security confirmed that 5,905 exemptions have been granted for persons to enter Trinidad and Tobago (mostly from the US, UK, Canada), and 8,046 exemptions were granted to leave Trinidad and Tobago.
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.
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.
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.
Events and Public Spaces
The Government announced on October 24, 2020, several adjustments to the current restrictions:
Beaches and waters around the country, as well as pool facilities at hotels and guesthouses, will open during the hours of 6AM and 6PM. However, rivers, ponds and community pools will remain closed at this time. Parties and cookouts on the beach are strictly prohibited.
As of November 7, 2020, in-house dining will be allowed at restaurants at 50% capacity, seated in groups of no more than 10. No alcohol will be served. Bars will remain closed.
Places of worship will re-open for 90-minute services. Social distancing and a capacity of 50% must be maintained for each service.
Gyms will re-open but must operate at 50% and by appointment where possible between the hours of 6AM and 10PM.
Casinos, members clubs and cinemas will re-open but must operate at 50% capacity. With the exception of cinemas, eating and drinking at these establishments are prohibited. Food will be allowed at cinemas, with masks off only during the consumption of food or drink. Opening hours will be 8AM to 10PM.
Public transport has been reduced to operating capacities of 50 per cent.
Events and gatherings
All gatherings and events--including weddings and funerals--will not exceed 10 people.
All sporting teams engaged in national and international competition can return to full activity. Team support can be no more than 10 persons.
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 relatively low numbers since the start of the pandemic; there are currently nine (9) active case on island and two deaths. (Updated on January 13, 2021)
For the latest health information about the coronavirus in Tobago, 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 and permanent residents who wish to return are required to apply to the Minister of National Security for an exemption for entry into the country. This Ministry is the only one that has the authority to approve or deny requests for repatriation flights into Trinidad & Tobago. Kindly visit their website for more information here: http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt/
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.
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/