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. 

Travel Advisory

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.

 

Repatriation flights

As of August 17, the Minister of National Security the Hon Stuart Young has advised that repatriation of citizens will be temporarily stepped back a bit to ensure that the quarantine facilities and parallel health care system aren’t overwhelmed.

 

Inter-island travel

Air and sea bridge transportation (flights and ferry services) to Tobago has been to be limited to essential use only until October 11, 2020. 

 

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.

British Airways
Caribbean Airlines
Condor 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.

Events and Public Spaces

 

August 15, 2020

The Government announced the closure of gyms, casinos, houses of worship, casinos and members clubs. Access to beaches and rivers is restricted. 

In-house dining at restaurants, food courts and bars has been suspended. These businesses are not closed, but will have to facilitate takeaway only services. Patrons will not be allowed to consume food and drink on the premises or in the precincts. 

Public transport has been reduced to operating capacities of 50 per cent and domestic travel (between Trinidad and Tobago) via the air bridge and sea bridge will also be reduced to essential travel only. These measures are in effect for the next 28 days. 

 

Events and gatherings 

 

Weddings and funerals will have numbers of up to ten people. Outside of these events, there will be no gatherings exceeding five people at this time. Please contact your event organization or venue directly for the latest details.

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 relatively low numbers since the start of the outbreak; there are currently 14 active cases on island and two deaths. 

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

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/