Thursday 24 September, 2020

US upgrades T&T travel alert to Level 3 due to COVID-19

The US has upgraded its travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago to Level 3 due to COVID-19, listing the country as 'high-risk'.

The advisory, dated August 6, warned Americans to reconsider travel to the country. Trinidad and Tobago's borders are currently closed to international travel until further notice. 

The advisory stated:

'Reconsider travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to restricted travel options put in place to prevent COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.'

The alert was put in place after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Trinidad and Tobago due to COVID-19.  

The statement said travellers may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Trinidad and Tobago due to COVID-19.  

The advisory also warned of high crime levels, advising Americans to avoid areas such as Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

The US Centers for Disease Control said US travellers to Trinidad and Tobago would be at an 'increased risk for severe illness as the COVID-19 risk in the country is high'.

'CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Trinidad and Tobago. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Trinidad and Tobago.'

The advisory said US travellers should check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.

The CDC also warned that local policies at various destinations might require travellers to be tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the country.

'If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip.'

As of August 4, 2020, the US crossed five million cases of the virus, with more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest death toll worldwide. 

As of August 7, 2020, Trinidad and Tobago had a total of 225 known cases with 82 active cases. 

The country's death toll stands at eight, which was last updated April 6, 2020

The public is advised to continue to monitor official updates from the Ministry of Health and to follow all health and safety protocols. 

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