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Overseas visitors should check the Immigration Division of the of the Ministry of National Security of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to ascertain if a visa is required for entry. Citizens of the US, United Kingdom, or countries of the European Union do not need a visa. Tourist holding passports from Australia, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations can enter without a visa, as well.

Tourists are not required to have any specific vaccinations to enter Trinidad and Tobago, although the following vaccinations are recommended as a precaution: hepatitis A and B, tetanus-diphtheria, and typhoid. Those traveling to Trinidad should also consider a shot preventing yellow fever.

Health and Safety

While Trinidad and Tobago has a high rate of crime, most tourist visits to the nation are trouble free. Visitors are advised to use common sense and to avoid flashing valuables or traveling alone in deserted areas. After dark, it is best to stay indoors in well lit areas. East of the center of Port-of-Spain is considered among the most dangerous and visitors should avoid East Dry River, Belmont, Laventille, Morvant, and Barataria.

The tap water is safe to drink and food standards are generally good. Snacks from street vendors should only be consumed if recently cooked and still hot. It is also advisable to use insect repellent when exploring mountains or other natural areas, particularly in order to avoid mosquito bites and tick-borne diseases. There is a chance of earthquakes, although they are rarely severe.

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