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 provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. The CDC recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
For reliable and updated information regarding the current situation in Trinidad and Tobago please continue to check the Embassy website at tt.usembassy.gov. We will continue to update this information frequently, and encourage U.S. citizens to visit the embassy COVID-19 information page and U.S. citizen alerts on recent topics, including information on how to request extensions of stay (visas) for Foreign Nationals, IRS economic impact payments, and the recent virtual town hall on ACS services.
U.S. citizens experiencing symptoms, or who have reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 are advised for their own health to stay at home and contact the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health at +1 (868) 627-1047; 1 (868) 623-8492; +1 (868) 627-0010; +1 (868) 627-0012; +1 (868) 627-0014, and follow their instructions. Government officials in Trinidad and Tobago have taken significant steps to mitigate risk and ensure the health care system will be available to those who require life saving measures. For more information on the GOTT response please visit releases from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health.
If you need emergency assistance contact the embassy by email at ACSPOS@state.gov or by telephone at 868-622-6371. Examples of emergency services include a report of death abroad, a U.S. citizen arrest, or a U.S. citizen victim of crime. Please do not come to the embassy without contacting us in advance.
The U.S. Embassy Port of Spain encourages all U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago to complete the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/. STEP is a free service to help the U.S. Embassy contact American citizens in an emergency.
For the most up to date information from the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain in real time, please also check the embassy’s Facebook Page, Instagram (@USinTT), and Twitter feed (@USinTT) and the embassy’s website.
Actions to Take:
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for the latest information on conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Monitor local media outlets.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and for the CDC’s latest recommendations on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Find official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
U.S. Embassy Port of Spain
15 Queen’s Park West
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone + (868) 622-6371
Emergency + (868) 622-6371, then press 1.
Fax + (868) 822-5955