Everything You Need To Know About A Trinidad and Tobago Visa
Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago follow a lenient visa policy, allowing
nationals of 101 countries to enter their borders without a visa. Luckily, the
United Kingdom also falls under the list of visa-exempt nations.
you hold an official British passport, you can gain entry into Trinidad and
Tobago without a visa. You can stay in the country for a period of 90 days per
visit, within a 180-day period. If you wish to extend your stay, you can apply
for an extension to the Passport and Immigration Department, in Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Scarborough Tobago.
Documentation requirements to gain entry into Trinidad and Tobago
without a visa
should note that the government of Trinidad and Tobago follows the
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements, as applicable
from November 2015. This implies that you must possess a machine-readable
passport and present it at the points of entry and exit, in order to be allowed
admission inside the nation.
your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from your date
of entry into the country. It should also contain at least two blank visa pages
for necessary stamping during arrival and departure.
must also possess a valid return or onward ticket to your home country or to
your next destination. Remember to carry all the required documents that grant
you entry into the subsequent country on your itinerary
that you have valid documentation to prove that you hold sufficient funds to
cover your stay in Trinidad and Tobago during the said stay period
is also advisable to carry evidence which specifies your purpose of the trip.
Since the visa-exemption facility is only available for tourism, business, and
transit purposes, it is necessary that you are able to verify your intentions
before the immigration officials.
make sure that you read the transit requirements for all the nations in your
travel plan. If there are overseas air-transits, you might need an individual
transit visa. Moreover, contact your airlines if they allow boarding without a
visa. Sometimes, rules change without any prior intimation and you do not want
to face unwelcome surprises after you arrive at the airport.
any other doubt, feel free to contact the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s
Immigration Division website.
Visa requirements for official travel
we already mentioned, the visa-free regime is applicable only when you are
traveling to Trinidad and Tobago for purposes related to leisure, business, or
air-transit. For other purposes, you might need to apply for a visa through the
embassy before you embark on your trip.
instance, if you are traveling for official purposes, you need to have a visa.
However, the good news is, you can obtain a visa on arrival after you land at
documentation needed is similar to that of a visa-free entry. All you need is:
- A machine-readable passport, having
a minimum validity of six months and at least two blank pages
- Proof of onward or return airline
- Sufficient funds to cover your stay
in Trinidad and Tobago. You can present this in the form of bank statements or
- Evidence which describes the purpose
of your trip
- Necessary documents for the next
you arrive at the airport, head to one of the immigration kiosks located on its
premises. Present your documents. The immigration officer will verify your
documentation, alongside your stated purpose. If everything is in order, he/she
will stamp a VOA on your passport.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
the unlucky event that you lose your passport or it is damaged/stolen while you
are inside Trinidad’s borders, you can apply for UK Emergency Travel Documents.
ETD’s are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from the nation.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
should note that certain regions of Trinidad and Tobago do have a risk of
yellow fever transmission. Therefore, it is highly recommended that travelers
above 9 years of age get a vaccination if they plan to travel to the thickly
wooded areas within the island. However, a vaccination is not mandatory if you
are on a cruise ship or air transiting through the country.
to the International Health Regulations, you additionally require a yellow
fever vaccination certificate if your travel itinerary includes a trip through
countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. It is also mandatory when you
have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk
of yellow fever transmission.
Custom regulations and local laws
government of Trinidad and Tobago follows strict rules when it comes to illegal
activities such as drug trafficking.
If you are found engaged in such
activities, you can face severe penalties. Marijuana or cannabis is totally a
no-no and you can be held in custody. The authorities conduct a thorough check
of your luggage upon arrival.
per local laws, same-sex/LGBT sexual activity is still considered illegal in
Trinidad and Tobago. The legislation even bans members of the LGBT community
from entering the nation (though it is never implemented practically).
it is considered offensive if anyone is found carrying or dressing up in