Useful Facts and Information

Trinidad and Tobago, officially known as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a twin island country that is the southernmost nation of the West Indies in the Caribbean.  It is situated 11 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela.  T & T is known for its Carnival celebration and as the birthplace of steelpan, the limbo and calypso music.

Entry requirements:

Persons entering Trinidad & Tobago require a valid passport from their country of citizenship. Passports must be valid for six months after the date of their departure. Visitors must also have an onward or return ticket to enter the country.
Visas are not required for most countries unless you plan to stay longer than 90-days. For a list of countries which require visas, please click here.

Climate:

Trinidad & Tobago is warm and sunny year-round, with an average daily temperature of 28 C/ 85F, dipping to 22C/75F in the evenings. There are only two “seasons” in Trinidad & Tobago; the dry season (December – May) and the rainy season (June to December). During the Rainy Season, you can generally expect sunny mornings and early afternoon showers.

The islands are located outside the Hurricane Belt, making it a haven for yacht owners throughout the region. The water temperature year around is 24-29C/75-82F, encouraging water activities year-round including, surfing, world-class diving, sport fishing, kite surfing and paddle boarding.

Currency:

The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar. US dollars are widely accepted at an approximate rate of TT $6.5 to US $1. You can find rate information at local banks, or the daily newspapers. Euro’s and the Pound Sterling (GBP) are not as widely accepted as US dollars. However, traveller’s cheques and international credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and malls. ATMs are also widely available but bank fees will apply.

Tipping and Service Charges

Standard tipping practice is 10% – 15%

Electricity:

Electrical outlets in Trinidad and Tobago supply electricity between 110/220 volts. Standard two prong plugs can be used however; it is advisable to travel with an adapter as a precautionary measure. Adapters can also be purchased at local electronic stores.

Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.

Driving:

RENTAL CAR

It is advisable to reserve a rental vehicle before arriving in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly during the busy Christmas and Carnival seasons. The road network in both islands is relatively well developed, on the other hand, roads in some rural areas may be narrow and winding. Given that Trinidad and Tobago is an old British colony, it is important to note that cars drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Visitors holding valid driving permits issued from other countries are permitted to drive for up to 3 months without a Trinidad and Tobago issued driver’s licence.

AIR

The international airport in Trinidad is the Piarco International Airport and it is 27km / 15 miles from the capital, Port of Spain. ANR Robinson International Airport is located 13km/8 miles from Tobago’s capital, Scarborough at the southern end of the island.

Travel between Trinidad and Tobago is easy, via several scheduled flights between airports which is a 25-minute flight time for the cost of US$24 return or high speed ferry from capital city to capital city, which takes 2 1/2-hours at a cost of US$15 return.

USA

There are daily flights from several US gateways to Trinidad
• New York (JFK) on Caribbean Airlines and JetBlue with a 5-hr flight time
• Ft Lauderdale (FLL) on Caribbean Airlines and JetBlue with a 3-hr flight time
• Miami (MIA) on American Airlines and Caribbean Airlines with a 3-hr flight time
• Houston (IAH) on United Airlines with a 4-hr flight time

Additionally, there are 3 flights per week from Orlando (MCO) on Caribbean Airlines with a 3.5-hr flight time and seasonal service is also added from Newark (EWR) during the summer and Winter Holiday period. Caribbean Airlines also has a once weekly flight from New York (JFK) directly to Tobago (TAB)

CANADA

There are daily flights from Toronto (YYZ) to Trinidad (POS) with 13 flights per week on Caribbean Airlines, 2 per week on West Jet and seasonal winter service available once per week on Air Canada Rouge beginning December 2016.

UK

In the winter season, there are 4 flights from London (LGW) to Tobago (TAB) weekly on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. An additional service from Manchester (MAN) to Tobago (TAB) will begin in November 2016.

In the summer, there are 2 weekly flights to Tobago (TAB) from London (LGW) on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Additionally, there are 5 flights per week from London (LGW) to Trinidad (POS) which operate year round.

Language:

English is the official language; however, some of the populace can be heard speaking Hindi, French, Spanish or Chinese.

Mobile Phones & Internet:

The international code for Trinidad & Tobago is + 1-868, followed by the seven-digit phone number.

There are two primary telecommunications service providers in Trinidad & Tobago: Digicel and bMobile. It is advisable to check with your local service provider to find out more on the cost of international roaming.

Wi-Fi is widely available at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres and at various hotspots throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Health:

On both islands you can access medical care at public and private hospitals, at clinics and at pharmacies. Your hotel can assist you with finding a doctor or a dentist if the need arises. However, it is always useful to pack a small first aid kit for emergencies and to travel with all your prescription and preferred over the counter medication.

Special vaccinations are not required for visitors from North America or Europe, however, it is recommended that you check with your doctor to ensure that your vaccinations and boosters are up to date.

It is also important to bring good mosquito repellent and bug spray, particularly on nature excursions to the rainforests and mangroves. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers in a light weight fabric and light colours are recommended, particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquito activity increases.

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

Keeping yourself safe

Visitors are advised to be aware of their surroundings at all times. It is advisable – as it generally is everywhere – to adhere to the following safety tips:

• Avoid carrying around large quantities of jewellery or money.
• Store expensive items in your hotel safe.
• Avoid isolated areas after dark.
• Lock cars at all times.
• Use an official tour guide for excursions.
• In Trinidad and Tobago licensed taxis have a number plate that begins with ‘H’.
• Ask your hotel reception/tourist office representative for assistance.

Clothing:

With a year-round temperature averaging between 25-32C/75-92F, comfortable, light cotton clothing is recommended during your stay.

Long –sleeved shirts and long trousers are recommended as protection against mosquitoes during tours through the mangrove and rainforests.

Dining in the evening is generally elegantly casual attire. Most places have a dress code in effect.

Note: Military Camouflage or camouflage clothing of any kind is illegal, reserved solely on island for the military forces of Trinidad & Tobago. Similarly, public nudity is also prohibited in both islands. You can get more information here.

People:

The people of Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of their origins, have one thing in common: hospitality from the heart and openness towards visitors. Hanging out or “liming” is a favourite pastime and visitors are always welcome to join a lime any time of the day or week!

There are celebrations and festivals all year round. All religions celebrate public holidays together – whether it is Divali-the Hindu festival of lights or Christmas. The cultural highlight is without a doubt Carnival, one of the largest Carnival celebrations in the world. During Carnival, mesmerising costumes and vibrant street partying take centre stage.  The Tobago Heritage Festival is the best opportunity to delve deep into the history of the original African inhabitants.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and alterations to registrations must be made in writing to the Conference Secretariat – tt2019@iasp.info Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome. Cancellations due to failure of visa application will not be refunded.

Cancellations and “no shows” that have not paid will be liable to pay the full registration fee and any incidentals including accommodation. All approved refunds will be processed after the Conference.

Cancellation Refund
Before Monday 2 April 2019 Full refund less a $75 administration fee
Between Tuesday 3 April 2019 and before Monday 1 May 2019 50% refund of the registration fee and incur any changes for cancellation of accommodation etc.
After Monday 1 May 2019 The Conference committee will consider cancellations of registration only under exceptional circumstances.