FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Do I need a passport to visit Trinidad & Tobago?
A. Yes. A passport valid for three months longer than your stay and a return ticket is required for entry. Depending on your country of origin, an entry visa may also be necessary. Please see our travel tips for further information on entry requirements.
Q. How do I get to my destination from the airport?
A. Find out if your hotel/guesthouse provides an airport transfer and arrange this service in advance. Alternately, the Piarco International Airport Taxi Cooperative and Crown Point International Airport Taxi Service are both authorised to provide transportation from the airport with set fares for various destinations. At Piarco, authorised taxi drivers are usually seated just outside the customs area in the airport terminal. You can also rent a car from auto rental agencies situated in the airport terminal. Avoid travelling with persons offering transport outside the terminal building.
Please see our travel tips for further information on transport and taxi fares.
Q. What is the acceptable rate for tipping?
A. This is left to your own discretion; however you can follow the guidelines below:
- Taxi Drivers: 10% of the fare
- Service Staff at a Restaurant: 10 to 15 % of total bill
- Spa Attendants: 10% of total bill.
Q. What type of clothing should I pack?
A. If you are visiting Trinidad and Tobago on business, suits, shirts, ties, blazers and jackets are appropriate. For vacationers, comfortable, light cotton clothing is recommended, to protect you from hot daytime temperatures, but pack a light sweater as it can get quite cool in the evening. Please note, it is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago for civilians to wear camouflage clothing and these items will be seized if found in your possession.
Q. Are any special precautions required for a woman/women travelling alone?
A. You should observe the same precautions that you would at home, but be prepared for lots of attention. Ours is a macho culture where men are not shy about voicing their appreciation for women. Don't be alarmed if men direct a "psssst" or sucking sound at you, this is called "sooting". It usually signals that the man considers you attractive. Walking away or a firm "No" should do the trick.
Q. What is the main language spoken?
A. English is the official language in Trinidad and Tobago. While you might find people who also speak French, German, Hindi or Spanish, they are in the minority. If you need to communicate with bank employees, police officers, hospital staff, service providers or Government agencies, a working knowledge of English is a must.
Q. What are the business hours for malls, shops, banks and supermarkets?
A. As a rule, most shops open for business at 8am till 5pm from Monday to Friday. Stores in Port of Spain close at 2pm on Saturdays; however the malls are open from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Most business, including malls and shopping plazas, are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Groceries and some pharmacies are the exception. Banks are usually open Monday to Thursday 8am - 2pm. On Friday banking hours are 8am - 1pm, and 3 pm - 5 pm. Banks in malls are open from 10 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
Q. Can I use foreign currency to pay for goods and services?
A. US dollars are widely accepted in Trinidad and Tobago at approximately TT$6 to US$1. While some establishments may accept the Great Britain Pound (GBP) and Euros these currencies are not widely accepted. It is advisable to change your money to our official currency, the TT dollar, on arrival. You can reconvert any currency before your departure. Most ATMs will give advances on credit cards in TT dollars and banks will convert your cash.
Q. How much should I budget to spend on items like food and transport?
The table below offers general guidelines, but for more detailed information see our Traveller's Tips.
|Prices Quoted in (US$)|
|Street Food||Restaurants||Fresh Produce/Grocery|
|$0.40 - $3||$10 - $110||$50 per week
(fresh vegetables, meat/fish and seasonal fruits) for two adults
|Rental Cars (per day)
||Public Transport (one-way)
|$50 and up||Bus $0.31 - $3.00
Maxi Taxi $0.31 - $5
Route Taxis $0.31 - $10
|$10 - $300|
|Accommodation Rates (per night)|
|Bed & Breakfast||Guesthouse/Self-Catering||Villa/Hotel|
|$20 - $120||$35 - $150||$80 and up|
Note: The prices quoted are broad estimates and do not include Value Added Tax (VAT) or service charges.
Car rental and accommodation rates are subject to seasonal increases.