May 6, 2020
Location: Trinidad and Tobago
Event: The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain is sending regular updates to ensure that all U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago have the latest information on COVID-19, and local conditions in Trinidad and Tobago. To help you during this time, the U.S. Embassy has created a resource guide with information about locally available and online resources for your security and wellbeing.
The following information has been updated on the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain COVID-19 website:
- Trinidad and Tobago closed its borders to both nationals and non-nationals as of March 22, 2020 . This measure was revised on April 25 and border closure remains in effect until May 15.
- Effective April 25, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago extended the nationwide “Stay at Home” order through May 15. Movement during this period is limited to authorized purposes and essential business only.
- Individuals out in public may be stopped by law enforcement and asked to justify their movement. Anyone determined to have breached this public health ordinance may be found liable for a fine of 50,000 TT and imprisonment for up to six months.
- For a complete list of essential and non-essential services and businesses and other details, please view the complete Public Health Ordinance here (click link).
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), 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 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