Sunday 5 July, 2020

US Embassy issues security alert for Americans in Trinidad and Tobago

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has issued a security alert for parts of Trinidad following incidents of civil unrest in the capital and other areas.

(Video: Police and protesters clash in Port of Spain on Tuesday.)

 

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the US Embassy advised US citizens to avoid parts of Trinidad including the Beetham Highway, East Port of Spain, Maraval and other areas of unrest:

“Please be advised that there are reports of civil unrest in the areas of Beetham Highway, East Port of Spain, and Maraval, Port of Spain with additional reports of rioting and gunfire exchange on Beetham Highway and East Port of Spain areas."

The US Embassy has advised American citizens in the country to ‘shelter in place’ and monitor official updates from the Embassy and local media for information on rioting and demonstrations in the area.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid walking or driving near the areas of East Port of Spain, Cocorite, Maraval
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of demonstrations or large gatherings
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Be aware of your surroundings

For Assistance:

The US Embassy is located at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain and can be reached at 868 622 6371 State Department – Consular Affairs (888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444.

US citizens are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate them in an emergency. 

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