Visit Tobago | FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you make your journey to Tobago, we encourage you to use the information featured in this section to plan your trip and make the most of your time here, from entry requirements to weather conditions, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Tobago.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is Tobago?

Tobago lies south of the hurricane belt at Latitude 11°N and Longitude 60°W, just off the coast of South America. Tobago rests 21 miles northeast of Trinidad – the most southerly island of the Caribbean. The island is surrounded by the tranquil Caribbean Sea on its North Coast with the less calm Atlantic Ocean on its southern and western sides.

What is the Size of Tobago?

Area - 116sq. miles (300 sq.km)

Population - 60, 874 (Census 2011)

What are important areas of the economy of Tobago?

Unlike Trinidad’s highly industrialized economy, Tobago relies heavily on the service sector. Tourism, agriculture and fishing are Tobago’s major revenue earners.

What languages are spoken in Tobago?

English is the main language spoken in Tobago. Locals also use Creole dialect, which is an intriguing mélange of patois and extracts from our European colonizers, especially the French and Dutch and our Amerindian ancestors.

How is the topography of Tobago?

Tobago is an undulating mass of coral and volcanic rock. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago’s backbone, is a hilly range of forest which covers over 40% of the island, with its summit Pigeon Peak at 1,860 feet (549 metres) above sea level.

What is the weather like in Tobago?

Tobago boasts a warm, tropical, marine climate, with constant cool breezes from NE trade winds and year-round temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) to 32°C (89°F). There is a dry season from December to May, while the months of June to November account for the rainier periods of the year, with average rainfall measuring 200cm (40in.)

What currency is used in Tobago?

Our currency is called the Trinidad and Tobago, or TT Dollar. It floats against the US Dollar at an average of TT$6.80 to US$1.00, however you can check any bank or the daily newspaper for the current rate.

What banking options are available on the island?

ABMs (ATMs) and credit/debit cards are in general use, and currency can be exchanged at all major banks.

Should I carry cash with me?

Credit and VTM cards are also widely accepted, but choose to carry some cash as some smaller facilities and shops do not accept credit or debit cards. For cash transactions, businesses and individuals may accept US$.

What are the demographics of Tobago like?

About 90% of the local population is of African descent, with an interspersing of East Indians, Syrians and Caucasians.

Which timezone is Tobago in?

We use Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of US Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Savings Time is not observed.

What do I need to know about driving in Tobago?

Driving is on the left. The speed limit is 50kph (32mph) in Tobago. Seatbelts are required at all times by law and using or speaking on a mobile/cellular device without hands-free is illegal. Visitors can drive for up to 90 days on a valid foreign/international licences.

What voltage is used on Tobago?

115v/230v, 60Hz (same as the United States of America).

Can I drink tap water?

Tap water is deemed safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available.

How can I use my phone on Tobago?

The country code is +868 (1868 from the US; 001868 from the UK). The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT/bmobile) and Digicel provide landline telephone services, which supply local and long distance service. Prepaid international phone cards are also available. bmobile and Digicel operate on GSM networks, prepaid SIM cards are available for unlocked phones.

Are there any health facilities on the island in case of emergency?

It is difficult to imagine that you may need to access medical care while on holiday but you should always be prepared in case of an emergency. Emergency health treatment is free to residents and visitors at all public health facilities. Private health facilities often require payment up front. There are a number of Health Centres throughout the island along with a General Hospital located in Signal Hill.

What Emergency Contacts should I know?

  • Fire: 990
  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 811
  • Tobago Emergency Relief: 211

Is there anything I should be mindful of bringing?

Mosquitoes can be a nuisance. When packing you can choose to carry a family-friendly insect repellent. We recommend 20-30% DEET or a similar strength natural alternative. For added protection you can also ask your hotel if they provide mosquito nets. Remember to reapply your repellent if you go into the ocean or the rivers or even if you plan on doing intense activities like hiking or horseback riding.

We all love the sun, but with a high UV index in Tobago, we highly recommend bringing SPF 30+, if you plan on being in the sun for extended periods.

Are there any dressing restrictions that I should know about?

As in any tropical climate, we suggest that you wear light, breathable fabrics which will keep you cool during the warm days. If you are heading into the bank or a place of business, make sure you are dressed appropriately (no bikinis in the bank).

It is illegal to wear camouflage in Tobago and it can be confiscated if found in your luggage or on your person.

What are the entry requirements for the island?

Before you arrive, check for the required travel documents before planning your trip to Tobago.

All visitors to Tobago must have a valid passport along with a return ticket to be allowed entry here. The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay on island. Most countries do not require a visa to visit Tobago, so please check here to see if you require a visa and the steps to get started.