Ask the U.S. Consul — February 2018

Question:

My uncle is a United States citizen and he is visiting Trinidad for Carnival. Is he required to advise the U.S. Embassy of his presence here for a short stay?

Answer:

No, but if he would like to do so, he can use the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We encourage all U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad to enroll in STEP. STEP is a free service and enrolling allows you to receive automatic updates about the foreign country where you are visiting or residing, including emergency and security messages. More importantly, this program helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. To sign up, visit: https://step.state.gov.

Remind your family member to check the validity of his passport prior to his trip. Not only is a passport invaluable for unexpected and immediate travel, but it is a globally accepted document establishing both identity and citizenship. Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at https://travel.state.gov for information on how to apply for a U.S. passport, documents required for travel, and specific information about overseas destinations.

The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain offers a range of services to U.S. citizens visiting and living in Trinidad and Tobago including routine and emergency passport services, report of birth and death of a U.S. citizen abroad, and notary services. Routine services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please visit https://tt.usembassy.gov/visas/. We are located at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain.

The U.S. Embassy wishes all U.S. citizens an enjoyable 2018 Carnival season and offers the following safety tips when attending parties and other activities:

  • Wear minimal jewelry.
  • Travel in groups to and from activities.
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat to protect you from the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water, as alcohol consumption dehydrates the body.
  • Avoid carrying around or displaying large amounts of money.
  • Keep wallets and change purses out of sight.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
  • Ensure all bottled drinks are opened in your presence.
  • Prearrange transport and/or designate an alcohol free driver.
  • Ensure children remain with you and/or have on their person their ID and the name and number of their parent/guardian.
  • Carry a cellphone with emergency numbers pre-loaded in your contacts and/or on speed dial.

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