Fire and rescue services
Call 811 or 990.
Call 634 4440.
Call 623 6793.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to the high levels of serious violent crime.
Exercise a high degree of caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to the high levels of serious violent crime.
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Violent crime is common, including against travellers and expatriates. Incidents include:
Gang and drug-related crime is also common and can affect travellers and expatriates.
Hot spots for violent crime include:
Attacks, including with firearms, have also occurred at:
To protect yourself from crime:
If you're attacked or robbed, don't resist. Criminals are often armed, and you can be seriously injured or killed.
If you're the victim of a violent crime, especially rape, get urgent medical help. HIV/AIDS is widespread in Trinidad and Tobago.
You're at risk if you ride in a shared route or maxi-taxi. They pick up extra passengers, putting your safety at risk. Private taxis and taxis affiliated with major hotels are safer options.
Robberies, assaults and carjackings targeting travellers are common. Always drive with windows closed and doors locked. If you have car troubles, try to get to a safe location before getting help.
Hot spots include:
To reduce your risk of violent crime:
Petty crime, including bag snatching, pickpocketing and theft from cars, is common. Take care at all times.
Thefts and robberies rise in the lead-up to Christmas. This trend continues until the end of Carnival, in February or March.
To prevent theft from your vehicle:
Scams and fraud
Financial scams are common in Trinidad and Tobago.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
A terrorist attack could happen at any time. Religious holidays and large crowds could be targeted.
In 2018, Trinidad and Tobago authorities temporarily detained several people suspected of planning attacks during Carnival.
More than 100 Trinidad and Tobago nationals have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Daesh (ISIL). If they've returned, people who travel to fight with Daesh will likely pose a security threat.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the affected area immediately as soon as it's safe.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
To protect yourself during periods of unrest:
In a natural disaster:
If you're travelling during hurricane season or after a natural disaster:
Hurricanes and severe weather
The Caribbean hurricane season is from June to November. Tropical storms and hurricanes can occur in other months.
The direction and strength of hurricanes can change suddenly.
While hurricanes directly affecting Trinidad and Tobago are rare, severe storms and flooding are common. Landslides, mudslides and disruptions to essential services may occur.
If you're travelling during hurricane season, check if severe weather has affected tourist services.
If there's a hurricane or severe storm:
Severe weather may also affect:
To protect yourself if a hurricane is approaching:
Trinidad and Tobago is in an active earthquake zone.
In 2018, Trinidad and Tobago experienced a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake damaged buildings and communication networks.
Get to know the earthquake safety measures for each place you stay and visit.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Trinidad and Tobago. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
The rate of HIV/AIDS infection is high in Trinidad and Tobago.
Take appropriate precautions if you take part in activities that put you at risk of infection.
Trinidad and Tobago has a risk of zika virus transmission.
The Australian Department of Health's zika virus bulletin includes advice on how to minimise zika virus risks.
If you're pregnant, the Australian Department of Health recommends that you:
Other insect-borne illnesses may be present, especially during the rainy season from June to December. These illnesses include:
To protect yourself from disease:
Seek medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.
Other health risks
Foodborne, waterborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases, such as hepatitis A, are common.
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
Seek medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
The standard of medical facilities in Trinidad and Tobago varies.
Costs at public hospitals range from free for general problems to expensive for complicated procedures.
Treatment at private hospitals can be expensive. You may have to pay in local currency before doctors treat you.
Tobago has one decompression chamber in Roxborough in the north of the island.
You might be evacuated to Miami or another destination if you're seriously ill or injured. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Laws introduced in 2019 decriminalised limited marijuana possession and use under certain conditions.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include lengthy prison sentences in local jails, even for a small quantity of illegal drugs.
Research the local laws before you travel.
The law in Trinidad and Tobago criminalises consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults, but in practice these laws are rarely enforced, and a court ruling in April 2018 deemed the law unconstitutional. As of April 2023, the government's appeal of the ruling was pending.
Serious crimes, including murder and treason, can attract the death penalty.
Other illegal activities in Trinidad and Tobago include:
Carrying ammunition when arriving, leaving or travelling through Trinidad and Tobago is also illegal. This includes bullets, bullet casings and spent ammunition.
You can sometimes find ammunition in decorative items, including jewellery and key rings. If you have these items on you at an airport, police may detain, charge or fine you.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You don't need a visa if your visit is for tourism for less than 90 days. However, you'll need to pay a visa waiver fee to Immigration Services when you arrive. You can pay in cash in Trinidad and Tobago dollars or US dollars.
If your visit is for other reasons, check whether you need a visa with the Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Division or your nearest high commission, embassy or consulate of Trinidad and Tobago.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the high commission, embassy or consulate of Trinidad and Tobago for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Trinidad and Tobago doesn't have a high commission or consulate in Australia. Its nearest mission is the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing, China.
Travel via the United States
If you travel to Trinidad and Tobago through the US, you must meet US entry and transit requirements.
Check your visa requirements with a US embassy or consulate before travelling.
You need a yellow fever vaccination certificate for every traveller over 1 year of age if you've come from or transited a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.
Entry into Trinidad and Tobago
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice.
Travellers no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Trinidad and Tobago. Monitor the Ministry of Health website for information on COVID-19-related travel rules.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible.
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The official currency is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD).
You can exchange foreign currency for TTD at commercial banks and official exchange bureaus.
Most international hotels and tourist facilities accept credit and debit cards.
ATMs are widely available across the country. Criminals target ATMs, so take care when using one.
Ask your bank whether your ATM card will work in Trinidad and Tobago.
Face masks aren't mandatory in public places. However, they're still mandatory in health care facilities.
To drive in Trinidad and Tobago, you need both:
You must get your IDP before leaving Australia.
You're 3 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Trinidad and Tobago than in Australia.
High-speed accidents, particularly along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, often result in deaths.
Conditions on rural and mountain roads are particularly hazardous.
The road from Port of Spain to the popular Maracas beach area is dangerous. Road users often drive dangerously. The road is also:
Fatal accidents have been caused by erratic driving to and from Piarco International Airport.
Security risks along several routes increase, especially at night. See Safety
It's against the law to use mobile phones while driving, except in 'hands-free' or Bluetooth mode.
Police conduct random breath tests. They can also stop traffic if they suspect a person is driving under the influence of alcohol.
If you plan to drive:
Check whether your travel insurance policy covers you when using a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Private taxis are the safest taxi option. They're available at airports and hotels.
Some vehicles have 'P' (private) registration plates. These vehicles illegally offer informal taxi services.
Use the Airport Taxi Drivers' Cooperative services at the airport.
Crimes including rape, assault, robbery and theft have taken place in private cars and maxi taxis. See Safety
Avoid public transport due to safety concerns. See Safety
Cruise vessels stop in Trinidad and Tobago.
An inter-island ferry operates between Trinidad and Tobago. Cancellations can happen with little or no notice. Check the status of your travel with the Port Authority.
A water taxi operates between Port of Spain and San Fernando.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Trinidad and Tobago's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 811 or 990.
Call +1 868 634 4440.
Call +1 868 623 6793.
Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular assistance, contact the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain.
Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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