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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