Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s interactive map.

Trinidad and Tobago has a risk of Zika.  Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause severe birth defects, pregnant women should not travel here.  Other travelers can visit theTrinidad and Tobago page to learn more about Zika and how to stay healthy while traveling in Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information about travel guidance for pregnant women, visit the CDC’s website.  For general information and the latest updates about Zika and steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website.

The American Citizens Services Unit recommends that you to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program athttps://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 website, 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 tt.usembassy.gov, email acspos@state.gov or call 1 868 622 6371.  U.S. citizens in Trinidad and Tobago who need emergency services should call the Embassy at 1 868 622 6371 for assistance.