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Carnival Safety
February 25, 2022

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, February 25, 2022

Carnival Safety

Event:  The annual Carnival celebration will take place between Friday, February 25 and Tuesday, March 1.

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain also reminds U.S. citizens that no one is immune from crime, which can and has occurred in all neighborhoods and at all times of the day. Due to large crowds, there is an increased risk of pickpocketing, theft, and assaults.  Therefore, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times, even if you are in an area that has been traditionally considered safe and protected by uniformed security.

Actions to take:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your environment and use caution when walking alone, especially late at night.
  • Do not wear/display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on the street.
  • Avoid areas or situations where police are responding to civil disturbance(s).
  • If you are bringing children to an event, identify them with their names, a contact phone number, and the address of a responsible person in case they should become separated from you.
  • If traveling with a group, select a meeting place in case of separation.
  • To avoid vehicle break-ins, do not leave valuables inside your car.
  • If you are a victim of a crime attempt, do not resist. Remain as calm as possible, do not make sudden movements, and give the perpetrator what he/she wants as quickly as possible.  Do not attempt to follow the criminals after an incident.  Immediately remove yourself from the area and contact local authorities.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review your personal security plans.


U.S. Embassy Port of Spain
15 Queen’s Park West
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Emergencies: + (868) 622-6371, then press 1
Email: acspos@state.gov
Website: tt.usembassy.gov
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