Personal Safety Best Practices for U.S. Citizens

During the summer months, many U.S. citizens visit Trinidad and Tobago with their families to enjoy the summer vacation and reconnect with their roots here. Local news media and social media reports point to increased crimes of opportunity, so please continue to be aware of your surroundings and employ good personal safety measures. We wish you all a happy and safe summer vacation if visiting the twin isles!

Personal Safety Best Practices

  • Do not carry or wear valuable items such as jewelry and watches that will attract the attention of thieves.
  • Carry your belongings in a secure manner and be alert/aware of your surroundings, especially when in crowds.
  • Do NOT travel with your passport or other relevant travel documents once already in country. Make two photocopies of all your travel documents and keep one copy along with a valid photo ID in your wallet. Store your passport with a trusted family member or the hotel safe.
  • Do not leave your valuables unattended and place articles in your trunk before arriving at your destination.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.  While this is a personal decision, statistics show that victims who resist are more likely to be injured or even killed by their attackers.
  • Remain alert to what is going on around you whenever you are out in public.  Avoid suspicious individuals who may be looking for potential victims:  If possible, walk away from them and seek a safer location, like a nearby store or bank.  If there are no safe locations nearby, cross the street and alter your route.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times and use a GPS system if you are traveling in unfamiliar areas.
  • When driving at night, use well-traveled, well-illuminated streets.  Plan your route before you leave.
  • Do not travel alone and do not walk in isolated areas at night.
  • Report any suspicious behavior or incidents to yourlocal police station. Police rapid response can be reached at 999 in case of emergency.
  • To receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions while travelling overseas, register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov.

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 Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at 1(868) 622-6371; by fax at 1(868) 822-5555; and by e-mail at ACSPOS@state.gov.