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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Trinidad and Tobagois currently being warned.

Epidemiological situation

Trinidad and Tobago is severely affected by COVID-19 and is therefore still classified as a risk area.
The national Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

The national borders are closed until further notice. Entry is only possible with an individual special permit. Depending on the approval category, different entry protocols apply, each of which includes a 14-day quarantine and a PCR test. There is no possibility of entry for tourists.

Transit and onward travel

To leave Trinidad and Tobago, an exit permit with details of the specific means of transport is required.

Travel connections

The international airports are closed. Repatriation flights, medical emergency flights and charter flights may only take place with special permission. Local public transport has been reduced. Domestic flights and ferries may only be used for necessary trips.

Restrictions in the country

The restrictions to fight COVID-19 have been tightened amid rising numbers. There is a ban on gatherings of more than five people. Leisure facilities, cinemas, restaurants and bars, as well as beaches are completely closed again. The police are now also authorized to intervene in the event of violations of the ban on gatherings in the private sphere. Services are only allowed for funerals and weddings and with a maximum of 10 participants.

Hygiene rules

In public there is an obligation to wear mouth and nose protection. This also applies in your own vehicle and outdoors. Failure to comply will result in fines. Public buildings (shops, restaurants, etc.) may only be entered after hand disinfection.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • In the event of symptoms of COVID-19 or contact with infected people, contact the COVID-19 hotline (868) 800- 9355 or 877- 9355 - Trinidad or (868) 800-4325 - Tobago or the nearest health center.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out in Trinidad and Tobago either. In early February 2018, some people were arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. As a result, security forces in busy places were reinforced.

Domestic situation

Protests and demonstrations can occasionally occur, which can also lead to violent clashes and traffic obstructions.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The crime rate and the number of violent crimes are high in Trinidad and Tobago.

In Trinidad, it occurs particularly in some districts of the capital Port of Spain such as the city center east of Henry Street as well as the districts of Beetham, Laventille, Morvant, Sea Lots and Belmont as well as in Enterprise, a district of Chaguanas near Mowietowne and Chaguanas in Carapo, a district of Arima, repeatedly to robberies and burglaries with the use of force, sometimes also with the use of firearms.

On Tobago, this is the case to a lesser extent in Charlotteville and in Minister Bay / Bacolet and in southwest Tobago (e.g. in Buccoo, Bon Accord, the Black Rock and Lambeau area). Pickpockets are common there.

During the period around public holidays (Christmas, Carnival), there has also been an increase in pickpockets, casual robberies and similar offenses. General, subjectively irrelevant disputes can escalate into violence.

There have also been repeated break-ins and assaults in guest houses, single villas and hotel complexes, which also affected German tourists. Women traveling alone are particularly at risk.

There are also dangers when using taxis and maxi taxis (minibuses).

Robberies on anchored ships or ships close to the coast and cases of piracy in the Eastern Caribbean occur sporadically. Emergency calls to the Police / Coast Guard via 999 (mobile phone) are often more reliable than emergency calls via mobile marine radio.

  • Be especially careful with all visits, especially in Trinidad, including residential areas, shopping malls and the excursion destinations Fort George and Lady Young Lookout, and watch out for your valuables.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Pay attention to a security standard such as fencing, security service in all accommodations.
  • Avoid the Enterprise district in the city of Chaguanas in Trinidad and the Carapo district in the city of Arima.
  • In Port of Spain, don’t visit downtown east of Henry Street and the Beethan, Laventille, Morvant and Sea Lots neighborhoods.
  • Be especially careful on Tobago in Charlotteville and Minister Bay / Bacolet, but also in the Southwest.
  • Avoid secluded beaches and walks after dark.
  • Always keep windows and doors closed and locked and do not stop on the access roads to Piarco Airport, Beetham Highway and Lady Young Road.
  • Do not hitchhike and do not travel as such yourself.
  • Prefer hotel taxis and registered taxis.
  • In the event of a robbery, do not resist.
  • As a passenger on a cruise ship, join organized shore excursions and not just explore the city center of Port of Spain and the area around the port area.
  • Do not underestimate general, subjectively irrelevant disputes.
  • As a sailor, think about precautionary measures and personal safety at night, especially with spontaneous guests on board.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a tropical climate.
Cyclone season is from June to the end of November. During this time, tropical storms and intense rainfall can be expected.

Trinidad and Tobago is in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes can occur. On August 21, 2018, there was a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7, which caused property damage in particular in the capital Port of Spain.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There are regular flights (approx. 20 minutes flight time) and ferries (depending on the ferry approx. 2.5 or 4.5 hours travel time) between the two islands. There is a passenger ferry connection, the "water taxi", between San Fernando and Port of Spain.

In Trinidad and Tobago there is left-hand traffic. The road network is relatively well developed. Most of the roads are two-lane, narrow and in some cases very winding. Because of the many potholes, stray animals, frequent drunk driving and the unorthodox driving style, there is a high risk of accidents in traffic. Taxis (with restrictions) and rental cars are available.

  • Always drive carefully and defensively.
  • Despite tropical temperatures, only use motorbikes and scooters with appropriate protective clothing.
  • For departure by air, be at the airport about two hours before the scheduled departure to check-in so that a reservation is not canceled due to a possible overbooking.

Driver's license

A driving license issued in Germany is recognized for a stay of up to three months for renting or driving a vehicle, an international driving license for a maximum of one year.

LGBTIQ

While homosexual acts are punishable by law, there are no known cases of criminal prosecution.

Legal specifics

Drug use and trafficking, even in the smallest quantities, are strictly prosecuted by the police authorities; under no circumstances should one assume that foreigners will be spared persecution. Drug law violations result in heavy fines and imprisonment; a release on bail is usually not possible.

Military-like camouflage clothing of any type and color (camouflage) is reserved for the military by law. Importation, purchase, possession and sale are punishable by a fine and the clothing is confiscated.

  • Never leave your luggage unattended and do not transport packages for strangers.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD). Payment with common credit cards (e.g. Mastercard, Visa) is relatively widespread. Common currencies can be exchanged in hotels and at most banks. Some banks only change US dollars.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for six months after the trip.

The requirements of individual airlines for the documents to be carried by their passengers differ in part from the state regulations.

  • If necessary, please inquire with your airline before commencing your journey.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa to enter Trinidad and Tobago with a stay of up to 90 days.
Air travelers should be in possession of an onward or return flight ticket. The exact address of residence must be given both on the entry form and to the border officials.

Minors

Minors traveling alone should carry an officially certified declaration of consent from their guardian.

Entry and exit via the USA and Canada

Import regulations

The import of local and foreign currencies is possible without restriction, but must be declared.
The export of local currency is limited to 200 TTD, and foreign currency to the amount declared upon entry.

Items for personal use and goods can be imported without restriction, gifts up to a value of the equivalent of 50 US dollars.

The import of weapons (including alarm pistols, diving and boat signal pistols, CS gas, pepper spray, knives with fixed blades) is only permitted with a special import permit. If a check, including the security check before departure at the airport, reveals possession of the above weapons without a permit, immediate arrest is to be expected. A trial and a heavy fine or prison sentence is the norm

Pets

An import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries is required to import pets. Pets must be microchipped and have a veterinary health certificate.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

A yellow fever vaccination can be requested from all travelers who are older than 12 months when entering Trinidad and Tobago or who are traveling on to other countries in South America or countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The vaccination is also medically recommended, as transmission is possible in Trinidad, with the exception of the urban area of ​​Port of Spain.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Starting from the Caribbean island of St. Martin in January 2014, there are currently confirmed cases of chikungunya in Trinidad and Tobago, as in other areas of the region.

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

West Nile fever

West Nile fever is a viral disease spread by migratory birds and transmitted to humans by diurnal mosquitoes. Seasonal outbreaks can occur in Trinidad and Tobago during the summer months; The ECDC provides current case numbers. The infection is mostly clinically normal, but in rare cases severe neurological symptoms can occur. There is no vaccination or specific treatment, see information sheet West Nile fever.

  • To avoid West Nile fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

Both islands are considered malaria free.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

cholera

Cholera is transmitted through insufficiently treated drinking water or raw food and can therefore be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Only a small part of the people infected with cholera get sick and of these again the majority with a comparatively mild course. The indication for a cholera vaccination is only given very rarely, usually only in the case of special exposures such as working in hospital with cholera patients, see information sheet on cholera.

  • If necessary, seek advice from a tropical or travel doctor with regard to your risk profile.

Leptospirosis

Throughout the year, leptospirosis can occasionally be transmitted through contact with surface water that is contaminated with rodent excretions. This bacterial infection usually proceeds like a mild flu-like infection, but in rare cases it can also lead to severe liver and kidney disease.

Drug prophylaxis with doxycycline is indicated in individual cases only if exposure is expected after risk assessment by a travel or tropical medicine specialist.

Medical supplies

Overall, health care in rural areas is not always comparable with European technical and hygienic standards. Planned interventions should therefore be carried out in Germany if possible.

The costs for medical treatment in private medical practices or private clinics as well as medication must usually be paid immediately in cash. Sometimes a credit card payment is also possible. Before starting your journey, you should definitely take out health insurance abroad, which includes repatriation in an emergency.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical doctors or travel doctors and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.