May 11, 2020
Location: Trinidad and Tobago
Event: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced phases to begin re-opening services in Trinidad and Tobago with Phase 1 effective May 11, 2020. Please see below for details regarding each phase. Due to COVID-19, dates are dependent on any changes affecting public health and each phase will be determined by the results from the COVID-19 community testing and monitoring done by the Ministry of Health. Please visit Ministry of Health at http://www.health.gov.tt/ for more information and updates on the reopening. Please note the U.S. Embassy remains closed and only emergency American Citizen Services are being provided at this time.
- Phase 1- May 10-May 23:
- The Stay-at-Home measures for non-essential workers (social guidelines) will remain in place with the following exceptions and mask must be worn in public.
- Food establishments, restaurants open for curbside pickup, take-out, and deliveries will be allowed – no in-house dining.
- Street vendor services will be allowed to resume and will be allowed to operate daily until 8:00 pm.
- Hardware establishments open from 8am- 4pm; Supermarkets to close at 6pm; Pharmacies tp close at 8pm
- Members of the public may engage in restricted outdoor exercise – walking, hiking, running in groups of no more than 5 people. No contact or team sports. Masks must be worn during all outdoor activities.
- Phase 2- May 24-June 6 (implemented based on results of phase 1 success)
- Continue social distancing guidelines
- Re-open Manufacturing sector
- Public sector construction can recommence
- Continue 50% capacity public transport
- Phase 3 – June 7-June 20 (phase 3 and beyond to be implemented based on results of Phase 2 success)
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 information on conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Monitor local media outlets.
- Consult the CDC websitefor 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.govfor the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon 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