Saturday 21 April, 2018

US issues travel warning for T&T

The US State Department has issued updated travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago, in light of crime and terrorism.

Raising its advisory level to level two, the US authority advised travelers to exercise increased caution over these threats, and warned against travelling to areas deemed hotspots in Port-of-Spain.

The following is the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime. 

Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common.

Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common.  A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

If you decide to travel to Trinidad and Tobago:

Use caution when walking or driving at night.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Do not display overt signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.

Be extra vigilant when visiting ATMs.

Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

Follow the instructions of local authorities.

Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.

Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Port of Spain

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain.  U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas:  Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah.  After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches.  
 

 

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