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COVID-19 and You in T&T (Tobago)

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Ins & Outs of Trinidad & Tobago

May 16, 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and these twin islands are no exception. Trinidad and Tobago reported its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 12th, 2020. The good news is that over 50% of the population is fully vaccinated and the case numbers have begun to decline. For more than two years, the country has been battling the virus head-on and has put in place several regulations and safeguards, including ensuring that World Health Organization (WHO)-approved vaccines are available.  Here is some more insight into local regulations and requirements as provided by the Ministry of Health:

There’s a lot of information on COVID-19 regulations and guidelines. Where should I go to get accurate information?

With the recent relaxation of most COVID-19 restrictions allowing the gradual reopening of places and resumption of events, information being presented to us is constantly changing as the Ministry of Health continues to take steps in safeguarding the population against the virus. To get updated and accurate information, persons should only acquire information from official sources such as the website and social media pages of the Ministry of Health (www.health.gov.tt) and the Regional Health Authorities, as well as communication from partner ministries and agencies (for example, Office of the Prime Minister - Communications, Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, WHO or PAHO).

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

If someone you have been in close contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been sent on self-quarantine by a medical professional, you should self-quarantine and call the hotline, 877-WELL. Self-quarantine Guidelines are available from the Ministry of Health.

What should I know about COVID-19 requirements when entering and mingling in T&T?

As of Sunday 27th March, 2022, most of the Covid-19 restrictions previously imposed on citizens were lifted. Some new guidelines announced by the nation’s Prime Minister, Keith Rowley are:

  • COVID-19 antigen tests will be accepted from vaccinated passengers arriving in Trinidad and Tobago, replacing the need for a negative PCR test. Soon, the travelpass system will be lifted. A TTravel Pass was previously required by all persons entering Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Previously, there were safe zones (a safe space for leisure activity for vaccinated persons) but from April 4th, the Safe Zone operations will be lifted, allowing for the mingling of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
  • Mask wearing will remain in force in public places, except on a sporting field.
  • As of April 4th, 2022, all restrictions have been lifted on visiting rivers and beaches and there is no limit to public gatherings.

I have reduced and laminated my vaccination card to a business card size so it fits in my wallet. Is this accepted?

Yes, this is accepted. A copy on your phone and a photocopy are also accepted.

Do I need to get my vaccination information on the International Vaccine Card?

You will only need this if you are travelling. To have this done you must have:

  • A copy of your Local Immunization Card (front page and page with proof of COVID-19 vaccination).
  • A copy of the biodata page of your passport.
  • A copy of your travel itinerary if you have one.
  • Your existing International Vaccine Card if you have one.

You should then visit the County Medical Officer of Health’s office in your county. No appointment is necessary and at some offices, a dropbox is available so you can leave your documents in a sealed envelope with your name and contact information. The average processing time will be three to five working days from the date of drop-off.