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. We want you to make travel decisions that are in your best interest. To do that, we are sharing a few updates and a number of resources as it relates to COVID-19 and travel to and within Tobago.

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. Given the fluidity of the situation, this means that things are changing almost daily, so please bear with us as we share updates as they come.

Travel Advisory

March 22, 2020

Permission has been granted today by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the operation of repatriation flights for British nationals wishing to leave Trinidad and Tobago.

British Airways

British Airways is currently scheduling one-way flights from Trinidad and Tobago to England on March 23, 24 and 26, 2020. The airline will be operating one flight out of Tobago on Monday, March 23, 2020.

British Airways staff will also be available at the Piarco International Airport from 1430hrs – 1730hrs beginning today, Sunday, March 22, to facilitate the re-booking of British nationals. Availability is not guaranteed for same-day travel. Please bear with the airline staff as they try their best to facilitate your departure.

 

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic is asking all remaining British nationals booked on their flight from ANR Robinson International Airport to report to the airport for standby travel today (March 22, 2020).

The airline will only accept standby customers if there are no shows, and will be attempting to re-route remaining customers on Caribbean Airlines and British Airways respectively through their global ticketing team.

Affected passengers are asked to please contact their respective airline urgently for the latest information and to arrange the earliest possible departure as arrangements are subject to change.

 

March 19, 2020 

German travel: Condor Airlines has announced the cancellation of their return flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Tobago originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 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.

Nationals who have to travel outside of Trinidad & Tobago must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Trinbagonians who travel abroad are also advised to pay close attention to the travel health notices and travel advisories of the country they intend to visit. Each country or area may have different levels of risk.

These risk levels may change as the COVID-19 phenomenon evolves internationally. 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

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 closing its borders completely to both nationals and non-nationals. This includes 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.

Travellers booked to come to Tobago as a part of a cruise should contact their cruise line directly for the latest information on cancellations, changes, or other relevant information.

 

Airlines

Please contact your airline for the latest travel updates on COVID-19.

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

 

March 21, 2020

The COVID-19 Multi-Divisional Task Force has established a COVID-19 hotline which is being facilitated by Tobago's 211 call service. The hotline has been established specifically for persons who exhibit flu-like symptoms and it will be manned by senior doctors from the Tobago Regional Health Authority and the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The process is as follows: 

  • Only persons with flu-like symptoms (fever with either runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, headache or muscle pains) should call the hotline. Simply dial 211. 
  • Trained representatives from 211 will direct the call to one of the senior doctors. 
  • The senior doctors will interview the caller to determine if the person should either visit a Health Centre, go directly to the hospital or stay home. 
  • Based on the outcome of the interview, the necessary/appropriate protocols will be activated to treat/monitor the person. 

 

March 18, 2020

All travellers who are visiting Tobago and begin to feel ill can seek medical attention at local health centres situated across the island or Tobago’s only hospital, the Scarborough General Hospital.

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.

Note: Health centres operate between 8:00am and 4:00pm, with the exception of the Roxborough, Canaan and Scarborough Health Centres which close at 8:00pm.

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

Postponed and/or cancelled events from our official partners are:

Tobago Jazz Experience 2020: Cancelled

95th Annual Buccoo Crab and Goat Race: Postponed to a date to be announced

World Interhash Trinidad and Tobago: Postponed until April 15 - 18, 2021, with Tobago Pre Lube from April 10 -12, 2021

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. 

If I am healthy, will I be allowed to come to the island?

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 closing its borders completely to both nationals and non-nationals; this includes airports and seaports. 

 

March 18, 2020

Under the guidelines of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, only citizens and permanent residents of Trinidad & Tobago will be allowed entry at the borders. Non-nationals, non-permanent residents, or non-nationals transiting Trinidad and Tobago will not be processed for travel regardless of their current health status. 

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.

Are there any cases of COVID-19 in Tobago?

There is currently one case of COVID-19 in Tobago and 51 cases in Trinidad as of March 24, 2020.

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.

Can I still go out?

In an effort to promote social distancing, the Government of Trinidad & Tobago has implemented several measures to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. These measures include avoiding public gatherings above 10 persons. All bars will remain closed and there will be no in-house dining until April 30, 2020. Religious bodies have been asked to limit gatherings. 

I am a Trinbagonian national and wish to return home. Will I be allowed to enter the country?

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 closing its borders completely to both nationals and non-nationals. This includes airports and seaports. Until the Government advises when the nation's borders will re-open, no one--regardless of nationality--will be allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago. These measures are in place to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. 

I'm a Trinbagonian national but my spouse/children aren't. Will he/she be allowed to enter T&T?

As per the directives of the Minister of National Security, if your spouse/child is a non-national, they will not be allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago under the current travel restriction. 

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 closing its borders completely to both nationals and non-nationals. This includes airports and seaports. Until the Government advises when the nation's borders will re-open, no one--regardless of nationality--will be allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago. These measures are in place to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. 

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/