Flight from Port of Spain to New York (JFK) on September 1st, 2020

Date: August 26, 2020 Location:  Port of Spain Event: The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain has been advised of a flight with commercial carrier JetBlue from Port of Spain to New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Tuesday, September 1st for the purpose of repatriating U.S. citizens.  We urge U.S. citizens (and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents) wishing to travel to …

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Travel Advisory Update: Trinidad and Tobago

Date: August 07, 2020 Location: Port of Spain Reconsider travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to restricted travel options put in place to prevent COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE – Civil Unrest in Areas of Port of Spain

Location: Beetham Highway, East Port of Spain; Cocorite and Maraval, Port of Spain Event:  There are reports of civil unrest in the Cocorite and Maraval areas in addition to the previous alert regarding rioting and gunfire exchange on Beetham Highway and East Port of Spain areas. U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place, and monitor embassy …

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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens: Civil Unrest on Beetham Highway

Location: Beetham Highway, East Port of Spain Event: Please be advised that individuals are blocking the road with debris on Beetham Highway, East Port of Spain. There are reports of rioting and gunfire exchange in the area. U.S. citizens are advised to stay west and avoid East Port of Spain, Morvant, Laventille areas. Actions to Take: ·  …

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CDC adds COVID-19 Potential Symptoms

April 29, 2020 Location: Trinidad and Tobago ​Event: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.  Note this list is not all inclusive,  CDC guidance is to consult your medical …

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Stay at Home Order Extended until May 15

April 27, 2020 Location: Trinidad and Tobago ​Event: The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain advises U.S. citizens that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Stay at Home order has been extended from April 30 to May 15. The borders will also remain closed until at least May 15. These measures have been implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 and …

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Health Alert – Information on IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. government has recently authorized a federal stimulus package in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which provides for a stimulus check for most U.S. taxpayers. To determine whether you qualify, and to check your payment status, U.S. taxpayers are advised to direct questions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to visit the IRS …

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Seats Available on Flight to Toronto, Canada

The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain has confirmed availability of seats on a West Jet commercial flight from Port of Spain to Toronto, Canada on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ‪ To book a ticket on this flight U.S. citizens are advised to contact the airline directly at: https://bit.ly/2xg9Eco. 

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U.S. Citizens are advised to remain in T&T until regular commercial flights resume

U.S. citizens are advised to prepare to remain in Trinidad and Tobago until regular commercial flights are once again available. For daily updates on the situation in Trinidad and Tobago and our emergency services efforts please refer to the Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Stay Home Order Remains in Effect

Location: Trinidad and Tobago   Event: The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain would like to remind U.S. citizens that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Stay at Home order remains in effect. These measures have been implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 and U.S. citizens are advised to limit movement outside the home to authorized …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Last chance to Book April 1, 2020 Charter Flight to Miami

Location: Trinidad and Tobago Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents in Trinidad and Tobago who wish to return to the United States that only a few hours remain to reserve a seat on a charter flight scheduled to depart Port of Spain for Miami on Wednesday, April 1 at noon. Tickets may …

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Seats still available on Charter Flight to U.S. (Miami) on Wednesday April 1

Location: Trinidad and Tobago  Event: The U.S. Embassy advises Americans in Trinidad and Tobago who wish to return to the United States that seats remain available on a charter flight scheduled to depart Port of Spain for Miami on Wednesday, April 1 at noon. Tickets may be purchased by calling the booking agency directly at +1 (603) 929 …

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Closure of Trinidad and Tobago Borders midnight March 22, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain Location: Trinidad and Tobago Event: On Sunday, March 22, Trinidad and Tobago will close international borders to all travelers, including Trinidad and Tobago nationals, and suspend all commercial flights into the country. On March 21, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago announced it will close international borders …

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Airlines Reducing or Suspending Service from Trinidad and Tobago

The information on this page was updated on March 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. T&T time. Location:  Trinidad and Tobago Event:  The Ministry of Health has confirmed 49 cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.  On March 19, U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the …

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Cancellation of routine U.S. citizen services and visa interviews starting March 17, 2020

Effective March 17, 2020, American Citizens Services will offer emergency services only for U.S. citizens.  Routine services not related to safety, such as passport renewals without imminent travel, are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time. 

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/23/20    Country-Specific Information:  There are 67 deaths and 4,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago. Effective midnight March 22, 2020 Trinidad and Tobago closed its borders. This measure was revised on May 09 and remains in effect until further notice. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago announced on August 15 …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain: Carnival 2020

Location: Port of Spain, and throughout Trinidad and Tobago Event: The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain will be closed on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday 25th, 2020 during Carnival.  Carnival activities and related events have begun and will be ongoing throughout the month accordingly U.S. citizens should expect road closures, increasing traffic congestion, and …

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Social Security Administration Visit – February 4th and 6th 2020 (28 January, 2020)

Date: January 28, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will be visiting to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. They will receive Social Security Number card applications and Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain 

January 6, 2020 Location: Trinidad and Tobago Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware …

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Alert: Issuance of T&T Polymer $100 notes

Location: Trinidad and Tobago Event: $100 TT note currency conversion – U.S. government personnel are being advised to practice personal security awareness during this time while the country undergoes a currency conversion. Actions to Take: Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. …

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Holiday Security Precaution

Happy Holidays from the U.S. Embassy!  We would like to remind U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago that the incidence of burglaries, thefts, and robberies tends to increase during the holiday season. Petty thefts have the potential to escalate with little to no warning. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all …

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U.S. Citizen Town Hall – 25 November 2019

Dear U.S. citizens: Greetings from American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain! You are invited to a town hall for U.S. citizens and parents of U.S. citizen children on the afternoon of November 25, 2019.  Come join us to discuss American Citizen Services and the U.S. passport application process.  Our American Citizen …

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Tropical Storm Karen – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain

Tropical Storm Karen – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain Location: Caribbean Sea Event:  The National Hurricane Center (NHC)  has issued an advisory for Tropical Storm Karen just west of the southern Windward islands, with tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall to continue to affect the southern Windward islands through tonight.  Tropical Storm Karen is forecast to be moving in the …

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Security Alert: UPDATE Travel Advisory – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, …

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Security Alert: UPDATE Travel Advisory – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

This replaces the Travel Advisory dated February 22, 2018. Following an annual review, the Travel Advisory remains at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and contains updates on the country information page. Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to Laventille, Beetham, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, February 26, 2019

Carnival will be celebrated on Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th.  We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 2019 Carnival season and offer the following safety reminders: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Do …

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HOLIDAY SECURITY PRECAUTION

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain December 4, 2018 Happy Holidays from the U.S. Embassy!  We would like to remind U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago that the incidence of burglaries, thefts, and robberies traditionally increases during the holiday season.  Below are some tips to help you reduce your vulnerability to holiday crime. In Your Home Beware of …

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Demonstration Alert – Protest on St. Clair Avenue

Location: St. Clair Avenue, adjacent to Briar Place Event: Please be advised of a peaceful protest of approximately 200 members of the Oil Workers Trade Union on St. Clair Avenue and Sweet Briar Road. It is important to remember that peaceful protests can rapidly become violent without warning.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and use caution …

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Alert – Walk-Out and March – September 7, 2018

Location: Stanmore Avenue and St. Clair Boulevard, Port of Spain Event: Please be advised that a National Walk-Out day has been organized for Trinidad and Tobago (TT) which calls for members of the TT government and private sector to avoid work on Friday, September 7th.  In addition, the Peoples’ Empowerment Party has organized a march that will …

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Demonstration Alert – Protest in Port of Spain

Location: Prime Minister’s Office, St. Clair Boulevard, Port of Spain Event: Please be advised of a protest currently underway outside the Prime Minister’s Office. Thus far the demonstration is peaceful and non-violent. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and use caution in the vicinity. Actions to Take: Avoid walking or driving near the area of …

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Alert – Demonstration on Cipriani Blvd

Location: Cipriani Boulevard and Queen’s Park West – near the U.S. Embassy  Event: Please be advised that a peaceful protest of approximately 90 members of the Oil Workers Trade Union is currently being conducted on Cipriani BLVD and Queen’s Park West opposite the Republic bank Credit Center. Thus far, there is no police presence. This is the …

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Alert- Message for U.S. Citizens – Aftershocks from Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Port of Spain August 22, 2018 U.S. citizens are advised that following the 21st of August’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake, aftershocks have already been felt throughout the region, and there is the potential for further aftershocks. Water and electricity services may be affected in some areas, and cellular and …

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Alert- Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Trinidad and Tobago – 7.3 Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Port of Spain August 21, 2018 Trinidad and Tobago: 7.3 Earthquake The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Trinidad and Tobago that a 7.3 earthquake occurred today at 5:31 p.m. local time, with the epicenter originating in Venezuela. Some areas of Trinidad and Tobago may be affected by …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Natural Disaster Alert

NATURAL DISASTER ALERT — U.S. EMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (AUGUST 21, 2018) Location:  Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Event:  Due to a 7.4 earthquake that struck Port of Spain earlier today, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain will be closed except for emergency services on August 22.  If you …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season Alert

Hurricane Season Alert May 29, 2018 Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) …

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Message for U.S. citizens: Potential Measles Outbreak

Venezuela is experiencing an outbreak of the measles virus. Several countries in the region have reported cases of measles associated with travelers from Venezuela. Measles is highly contagious, but vaccination provides good protection from this disease. To ensure protection, persons from the U.S. born after 1957 should ensure that they have had two documented doses …

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Routine Message: U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35

Important notice:  Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for such applicants will …

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Security Alert: UPDATE Travel Advisory – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to some areas of Port of Spain due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common. Gang activity, such as narcotics …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port of Spain

Event: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recently disrupted a plan to attack Carnival (ending on February 13, 2018). In light of the recent operation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is taking additional active steps to secure Carnival events out of an abundance of caution. U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise additional caution and …

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VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory …

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Information for U.S. Citizens Affected by Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria – currently a strong category four storm – has brought significant rainfall and wind resulting in life-threatening flooding, mudslides, and storm surges across the Caribbean this week. Disruptions to travel and services are occuring throughout the path of the hurricane. Follow the link below for information on U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Maria: …

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