Trinidad & Tobago - The True Caribbean
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You can get to Trinidad and Tobago by air or by sea.

Several major airlines make regular and chartered flights to either island. You can catch a flight or ferry to commute between them.

A number of cruise lines also visit, although schedules are less frequent.

You can call your local travel agency to discuss your options, contact airlines directly or visit reputable travel websites online to search for flights.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Business travellers and tourists must produce passports valid for three months longer than the intended stay and a return ticket, for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. For tourism and business related visits of up to 90 days, visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Caricom (except Haiti), European Union and British Commonwealth with the exception of the following countries:

European Union


    * Czech Republic
    * Estonia
    * Hungary
    * Latvia
    * Lithuania
    * Poland
    * Slovakia
    * Slovenia

British Commonwealth Countries

    * Australia
    * Cameroon
    * India
    * Mozambique
    * New Zealand
    * Nigeria
    * Papua New Guinea
    * South Africa
    * Sri Lanka
    * Tanzania
    * Uganda

Travellers from countries outside the United States and European Union must hold a passport valid for six months past their travel date, a return ticket and valid visa for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. Applications for entry visas must be submitted to a Trinidad and Tobago Mission abroad or where there is no office, to a British Embassy or Consulate in a non-Commonwealth country.

The Immigration Division of Trinidad and Tobago can provide further information on visa requirements.

Please note

Visitors arriving in Trinidad and Tobago within five days of leaving an area with yellow fever must present a vaccination certificate to Immigration Officials.

Travellers are also cautioned against wearing military or camouflage clothing, as it is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. Persons dressed in camouflage risk being detained by Customs officials and having the garments confiscated.

New travel document requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires persons from the United States and North America who wish to re-enter or visit the United States to present a valid passport.

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HEALTH AND MEDICAL FACILITIES

No special vaccines or precautions are required before your trip to Trinidad and Tobago, however you should pack all prescription medication required for the trip. You will also need sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a hat, even during the Rainy Season.

Tap water is safe to drink, and bottled water is widely available at supermarkets, bars, neighbourhood shops and food stalls.

Trinidad and Tobago has several modern private hospitals and a network of public hospitals, district health centres and community clinics. For divers, Tobago has a recompression facility based at the Roxborough Medical Clinic on the island's northeast coast.

Treatment is free to non residents at all public health facilities. Walk-ins are welcome, but priority is given to emergency cases.

Below is a listing of Trinidad and Tobago's major public hospitals

Port of Spain General Hospital
160 Charlotte Street
Port of Spain
Tel: (868) 623-2951

Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Uriah Butler Highway
Champ Fleurs
Tel: (868) 645-HOPE
(Referrals, Accident & Emergency only)
Opening Hours: 24 hours

San Fernando General Hospital
Independence Avenue
San Fernando
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 652-3581-6
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Arima Health Facility
Queen Mary Avenue
Arima
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 667-1766 (Accident & Emergency), (868) 667-3503
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Chaguanas Health Facility
Main Road Chaguanas (opposite RBTT Bank)
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 671-0041 (Accident & Emergency), (868) 665-9297
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Sangre Grande Regional Hospital

Ojoe Road
Sangre Grande
Trinidad
Tel: (868) 668-2273, (868) 668-2221
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Scarborough Regional Hospital

Fort Street
Scarborough
Tobago
Tel: (868) 639-2551-6
Opening Hours: 24 hours

In the case of a medical emergency your hotel can recommend doctors, dentists or the nearest hospital.
For minor complaints, common over the counter medicines can be purchased at local pharmacies. In the capital and major towns, pharmacies are usually open from 8am until 9 or 10pm - except on Sundays and Public Holidays.

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

In the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago you'll find more than swaying palms and sun-kissed beaches. When you visit these historic islands you'll enjoy a multicultural feast prepared by descendants of settlers from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Arawak and Carib Indians prospered here at the southeastern end of the Caribbean chain until 1498, when Columbus spotted the island he named for the Holy Trinity.

Nearly a century would pass before Spain established Trinidad's first European community, San Jose de Oruna (St. Joseph) just east of the modern capital of Port of Spain. But Spain's lack of commitment to develop the area made it easy prey for England's Sir Walter Raleigh, who sacked the town in 1595.

No attempts were made to colonize Tobago, but in the 17th century English, French, Dutch and even Courlanders (Latvians) fought to control the strategic island, along with pirates who used it as a base for raiding other Indies outposts.

Britain gained control of Trinidad and Tobago in 1797. During the next 20 years, English overseers brought in 10,000 Africans to work sugar, cotton and indigo plantations. Descendants of those slaves today comprise the largest segment of Tobago's population.

After Britain abolished slavery in 1830, landowners imported thousands of indentured workers from India, China and the Middle East. Their descendants have given Trinidad its multi-ethnic charm and cosmopolitan flavor.

The distinction between the islands is all the more apparent when you consider that they existed separately for centuries. Tobago at one time maintained its own legislature. But economic downturns resulting from the collapse of the sugar market in the late 19th century prompted Britain to make Tobago a governmental ward of larger Trinidad.

The joined islands gained independence in 1962 and the new nation of Trinidad and Tobago became a republic in 1976.

Although it lacks the precious metals Spain coveted, Trinidad nonetheless is rich in natural resources. Oil and natural gas production generates huge revenues and now visitors from around the world flock to the islands each year to enjoy spectacular reefs, abundant wildlife and unique patchwork of festivals celebrating a variety of religious and secular traditions.