Effective 4:00 a.m. today, November 01, 2021, Trinidad and Tobago will be joining more than 30 countries and territories that have been added to England’s Approved COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination List.
On October 28, 2021 the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps tweeted “We can also confirm that from Monday, eligible travellers from over 30 new countries and territories including Peru & Uganda will be added to our inbound vax policy, bringing the total number of countries on this list to over 135.”
Trinidad and Tobago will now join other Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas and St. Lucia which are already on the list and whose vaccine certificates are accepted for travel to the UK.
This means that travellers with approved vaccines from Trinidad and Tobago will be on the same standing as those with the UK’s NHS vaccines. The approved vaccines that are recognised by the UK are:
- Pfizer BioNTech
Additionally, effective 4am today, all remaining countries on England’s coronavirus travel “red list”, namely Peru, Panama, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela, have been removed.
Passengers from these countries will no longer have to pay for hotel quarantine. UK Secretary of State for Transport tweeted however, “We will keep the red list category in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health and are prepared to add countries and territories back if needed, as the UK’s first line of defence.”
As the world continues to adjust and combat the current pandemic, as with all countries, travel requirements have changed and continue to change as the situation changes. While planning your winter escape to the Caribbean, before booking tickets for your vacation, it is best to familiarize yourself with the current travel requirements for the destination as well as for your return trip.
Current Travel Requirements for Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has instituted a TT Travel Pass which is a mandatory requirement for all travelers entering the country. All travelers must enter travel, COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 test information to acquire a TT Travel Pass before being allowed to enter the country.
Presently, international flights are allowed into Trinidad only. The entry requirements are as follows:
Three categories of people are allowed entry::
- Category 1 – fully vaccinated citizens or legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago
- Category 2 – unvaccinated citizens or legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago
- Category 3 – other persons unvaccinated
At this time non-nationals who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to enter the country.
Citizens who are fully vaccinated will be allowed entry having shown proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours or less before arrival.
These citizens will not be required to quarantine.
Children with vaccinated parents will also be allowed to go home.
A fully vaccinated person is defined as someone who has received the required number of doses of a WHO-approved vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the final dose has been administered.
A citizen who is not vaccinated must go into state-supervised quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
These individuals must also show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.
Current UK Travel Requirements
Fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK are not required to self-isolate and must simply take a COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours before their arrival and complete a passenger locator form.
In contrast, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival.
Persons who are not fully vaccinated, or whose proof of vaccination is not currently recognized by the UK government, must quarantine at home or the place they are staying for 10 days.