Planning Your Trip
So you're ready to plan your travel to Trinidad and Tobago. Whether you're gearing up for a leisurely vacation, an eco adventure, or a business trip, here's some information to get you started.
How do I get to T&T?
Several major airlines make regular and chartered flights to Trinidad and Tobago, and the Tourism Development Company (TDC) is actively working to increase flights to both islands.
The direct flying time from London, UK to Port of Spain is about 7.5 hours, and from New York City, USA is about 4.5 hours. Services like TripAdvisor (see below) can help you to find the best flight deals.
Scheduled Flights are operated by:
Scheduled flights are operated by Aeropostal, American Airlines, Avior, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Continental, Copa, LIAT, Martin, Monarch, Surinam Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. Others offer charter flights.
- Cruise lines: also serve the islands, though schedules are less frequent and peak during the November–April period. The islands are served by Fred Olsen, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America, Ocean Village, Oceana, P&O, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Saga Travel, Seabourn, Sea Dream, Silversea, Thomson, and Windstar lines
- Yachts & Sail boats: with its well-serviced marinas and boatyards, Chaguaramas, Trinidad is the hub of yachting activity, with strings of maintenance and repair yards and marinas. There are no official anchorage sites in Tobago, but Mt. Irvine Bay, Grafton Beach, Store Bay and Englishman’s Bay are popular locations. On the southeast coast, Anse Bateau is a good anchorage and fuelling point.
What do I need to get in?
- A passport valid for three months beyond intended stay
- Non-residents require documentation of return or onward travel and a valid local address
- Visas are generally not required for visits up to 30 days
- For yacht arrivals, clearance certificate from last port of call and vessel’s registration certificate (or authorisation for use) required when checking in with Customs & Immigration at CrewsInn in Chaguaramas, Trinidad; or Scarborough or Charlotteville in Tobago.For more information, visit the Immigration Division of Trinidad & Tobago.
Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels, guesthouses, self-catering and bed & breakfast establishments in Trinidad & Tobago. Accommodation options range from major international hotel chains like the Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott, to small family-owned Bed & Breakfast establishments.
The average price for a room is about US$125 for hotels and US$65 for guesthouses. The hardest times to get a room in Trinidad are over Carnival, and around the Jazz Festival in Tobago. For some ideas, see our Directory, and our accommodation sections for Trinidad and for Tobago.
What to pack?
- Driving licence and passport: all U.S. citizens (including infants and children) need a valid passport to travel to and from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). This policy also applies to foreign nationals of Canada, Bermuda and Mexico
- Sunblock: Trinidad and Tobago are near the equator. You need to ensure that your skin is protected against the sun’s rays. Avoid going out in the middle of the day. The average daily high temperature is 31C (88F).
- Insect repellent: particularly during the wet season (June–December)
- Clothes: swimsuits, shorts, light t-shirts/vests, jeans, sun hat, shoes. Smart casual is the best way to dress. If visiting for business, pack a few short sleeved shirts/blouses and cool, lightweight slacks or skirts. If on vacation pack lots of shorts and t-shirts. Topless bathing is not encouraged on the beaches, and men should not go barebacked in public places.
- Trainers/Sneakers: if you are planning to take a trip around the island or if you plan to visit the forest add a pair of lightweight, long trousers and long sleeved top
- Toiletries: cosmetics & make-up, perfume/cologne, hair products, shower and/or shaving gel, deodorant, hand sanitizer. NB. Check your airline for any special regulations regarding toiletries and liquids in hand baggage
- Carrying bag: for carrying your valuables around
- Electrical adaptor or transformer (if applicable): Electricity in Trinidad and Tobago is 115 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Trinidad and Tobago with a device that does not accept 115 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter
- Luggage: Remember to call the airline to find out about baggage weight restrictions.
Import & Export Allowances
At present, the import of local and foreign currency is unlimited, once it is declared upon arrival. Export of local currency cannot exceed TT$200, and foreign currency export cannot exceed the equivalent of TT$2,500 per year. The following items can be imported without incurring any customs duty, as long as the carrier is over 17 years old:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
- 1.5 litres of wine or spirits in opened bottles
- A "reasonable quantity" of perfume
- Gifts up to the value of US$200
How do I reduce my carbon footprint?
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but (non-carbon) footprints… Both climate change and globalisation can hit developing island nations particularly hard. Here’s what you can do to safeguard the islands’ natural and cultural treasures, and promote sustainable development:
- Buy local: buy local CDs, books and DVDs from authorised retailers (not pirated copies); and purchase locally produced food and souvenirs (not any made from endangered species)
- Fly carbon neutral: most airlines (including Caribbean Airlines) allow you to offset carbon dioxide emissions from your flight
- Mind your gas (petrol): choose the smallest vehicle to suit your needs when renting (or buying) a car; drive within the speed limit; don’t let your car idle; keep your tires inflated; try to carpool; and when you can, walk or cycle
- Recycle: Ace, Carib Glass, Piranha, and SWMCOL process plastic, glass, aluminium, paper, cardboard and electronics (e-waste); some sponsor receptacles. The International School of Port of Spain also runs a recycling programme
- Reduce: turn off electrical devices when you don't need them; avoid plastic bags and styrofoam; buy and consume only what you need; reuse when you can
General Tourist & Visitor Information
- Division of Tourism (Tobago House of Assembly, Scarborough): 639-2125
- Immigration Division: 625-3571 (Trinidad), 639-2681 (Tobago)
- Ministry of Tourism (Port of Spain): 624-1403
- Tobago House of Assembly (Scarborough): 639-3421
- Tourism Development Company (Barataria, Trinidad): 675-7034
- Tourist Information offices: 639-0509 (ANR Robinson, formerly Crown Point, International Airport); 635-0934 (Cruise Ship Complex, Tobago); 669-5196 (Piarco Airport)
- ttconnnect (Trinidad & Tobago government online)