Carnival Security Message

As we enter a long Carnival weekend the Embassy would like to remind all American Citizens to maintain a high level of awareness at all times, BUT especially if you are participating in events involving large crowds.

Individuals should avoid proceeding beyond the following boundaries especially when not in groups:

  • East of Charlotte Street between Queen’s Park Savannah and South Quay.
  • West of Richmond Street between Independence Square South and Duke Street, however it is safe to proceed west along Park Street onto Ariapita Avenue and Tragarete Road.
  • North of Queen’s Park Savannah.
  • South of South Quay.

Entry and exit to and from Port-of-Spain should be made via main arteries (roads) i.e. 

  • Churchill Roosevelt Highway when proceeding east (do not stop at anytime between The Lighthouse at South Quay and Barataria overpass).
  • Avoid using Eastern Main Road (especially between South Quay and The Croisse, San Juan). It is illegal to use The Priority Bus Route without a pass and even then it is not safe between the mentioned areas.
  • Lady Young Road (if absolutely necessary; avoid unnecessary stops especially at night).
  • Tragarete Road onto Western Main Road through St. James.
  • Wrightson Road onto Audrey Jeffers Highway.

**Avoid alternative short cuts through Belmont, Laventille, Morvant, East Dry River and Beetham Gardens. 

Personal Safety Reminders:

  • Be constantly aware of the environment around you while walking or driving/riding in a vehicle.  Avoid walking alone if possible, especially late at night.  Park in well areas that have adequate lighting.
  • Do not wear/display expensive jewelry or watches and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on the street.
  • Take only the necessary amount of money with you to cover costs of transportation and food.  Leave enough money at your residence to cover the cost of a taxi in the event that you are the victim of robbery.
  • Avoid areas or situations where Police are responding to civil disturbance(s).
  • If you are bringing children to an event, identify them with their name, 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 anything 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 they want as quickly as possible.  Do not attempt to follow the criminals after an incident. Immediately remove yourself from the scene and contact the local police at 999.

The American Citizens Services Unit recommends that you to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://step.state.gov/step/.  Once registered, as a U.S. citizen residing outside of the United States, you can:

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s Web site, where you will find the most current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Trinidad and Tobago.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s Web site.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1 888 407 4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1 202 501 4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain is located at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain.  Routine services are by appointment only.  To schedule your appointment, please visit trinidad.usembassy.gov, email acspos@state.gov or call 868 622 6371U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago who need emergency services should call the Embassy at 868 622 6371 for assistance.