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U.S. officials are warning American travelers to avoid the dangerous conditions in this South American island nation.

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 travel advisory earlier this week urging citizens to reconsider traveling to the country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Reconsider travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to crime. Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

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

Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping are 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.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Trinidad and Tobago.

If you decide to travel to Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make locating you in an emergency easier.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook ,  Twitter and Instagram.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Trinidad and Tobago. 
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Be wary of meeting individuals you meet through social media or dating apps.
  • 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.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergencies. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain 

15 Queen's Park West
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago


+(868) 622-6371


+(868) 622-6371, then press 1.


+(868) 822-5955