The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, took the decision to close the country’s international borders to all travellers and suspend all commercial flights into and out of the country as of midnight, Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.
IN-BOUND TRAVEL GUIDELINES
At this time only requests made by Nationals and Permanent Residents of Trinidad and Tobago are being considered and will be done strictly on a case by case basis.
The Ministry of Health has developed protocols for nationals returning via the various Ports of Entry from, “Low Risk” and “Medium/High Risk countries to minimise the risk and interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 into the country.
INITIAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
All persons anticipating entry into Trinidad and Tobago must reside within the departure country for at least fourteen (14) days immediately prior to departure to Trinidad and Tobago.
Passengers must possess a negative PCR test which was done 72 hours prior to departure and should not have signs/symptoms of viral illness.
Vessel captains should report to the Port Health Authorities on the status of all passengers prior to disembarkation. This includes the comprehensive review of all related documentation.
Passengers will be subject to strict public health screening procedures by the Port Health Department, inclusive of the observation of the passenger for any noticeable viral infection signs or symptoms, thermal scanning, and review of the health declaration form for each passenger.
Low-Risk Countries: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Classification system, a country is considered low risk if there are ‘no cases’ or ‘sporadic cases’
Protocols for nationals returning from low risk countries are as follows:
- Passengers coming from low risk areas and showing no symptoms or signs of viral illness are immediately allowed to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days with daily medical assessments done by state health care workers from the office of the County Medical Officer of Health.
- If the passenger displays any symptoms during self-quarantine, then a COVID-19 test will be conducted by the medical team; and
- If the passenger tests positive for COVID-19 (during the self-quarantine period) then he/she will be transferred to a health care facility in the parallel public health care system, based on the discretion of the County Medical Officer of Health.
MEDIUM-HIGH RISK RETURNS
Medium-High Risk Countries: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Classification system, a medium-high risk country is one with “clusters of cases” or “community transmission’.
CATEGORY 1: HIGH RISK RETURNS – NOT REQUIRING IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION
- Passengers are immediately taken into State Quarantine Facility for 7 days where medical assessments and COVID-19 tests are conducted.
- Each passenger undergoes a medical assessment within 24 hours of arrival, which includes a medical history and test for COVID-19 (swab) within 1-2 days and thereafter on the 7th
- Medial assessments are done twice per day by a health care worker at the State Quarantine Facility.
- Passengers who test negative for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic, are immediately sent home after 7 days to self-quarantine for another 7 days.
- Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 during the state-quarantine period are immediately transferred to a facility in the parallel health care system for clinical assessment and assignment.
- Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 during the home quarantine period will be transferred to a facility in the parallel public health care system, based on the discretion of the County Medical Officer of Health.
CATEGORY 2: HIGH RISK RETURNS – REQUIRING IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION:
- Severe/Critically ill passengers are quarantined at hospital with the following options based on clinic assessment:
- If patients require less than 7 days for stabilisation/recovery, they should be transferred to a quarantine facility to complete the 7-day period and treated under the same protocols as described in Category One.
- If patients require more than 7 days for stabilisation/recovery, they should be tested (swabbed) in hospital in this first instance, and if negative be transferred to the hospital where non-COVID-19 protocols are observed.
- Passengers who are ill but stable and in need of outpatient medical management (e.g. clinic visits for cancer treatment and Non-Communicable Disease treatment) should be transferred to a designated quarantine facility and treated under the same protocols as described in Category One. These passengers will be transported to and from hospital for treatment for their illness via ambulance when necessary.
- Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 (either upon arrival in Trinidad and Tobago or during the quarantine period) are immediately transferred to a hospital in the parallel health care system for treatment.
CATEGORY 3: HIGH RISK RETURNS – CHILDREN (MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 16)
- If displaying no symptoms, returning children will undergo Self-Quarantine as detailed in Category One.
- If displaying mild symptoms that are not COVID-19 related, returning children will undergo treatment at a state quarantine facility, as detailed in Category One.
- If displaying severe symptoms, returning children will undergo treatment as outlined in Category Two.
- If the test is positive for COVID-19, returning children are immediately transferred to a hospital in the parallel health care system for clinical assessment and assignment.
- One parent/guardian will be allowed to enter quarantine with the child in question.
Asymptomatic patients (do not display COVID-19 symptoms) who are in self-quarantine at home will be discharged after:
- 10 days from the date that the swab was taken for the COVID-19 test
- PLUS 7 additional days
Persons who display COVID-19 symptoms will be discharged after:
- A minimum of 10 days after they first had symptoms
- PLUS 3 days where they do not display
- PLUS 7 additional days
FINES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE
From Monday, August 31st, 2020, the wearing of masks in a public space is mandatory. Fines are currently applicable for non-compliance of offences outlined in: The Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV)] (No. 27) Regulations, 2020.
The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health requests recent travellers who experience a fever, cough, or respiratory distress to contact the Ministry of Health at 877-WELL (9355).
Visit the Ministry of Health’s website at: www.health.gov.tt for additional information.
CARIBBEAN TRAVELLER’S HEALTH APP
The Caribbean Traveller’s Health Mobile App provides relevant information for healthier and safer travel to the region. The app includes features such as:
- Health alerts
- The Healthier, Safer Tourism Stamp: accommodations and hospitality facilities that have been awarded the Caribbean Travellers Health Assurance stamp
- Preventative measures
- Destination Search: specific information on vaccine requirements, alerts, health advice, health centres and registered facilities
- Self-reporting tools
Click here to learn more about this app.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency