Travelling to Trinidad and Tobago? Need Vaccinations?
Trinidad is famous for its wild Carnival, infectious Soca music, and the historic and cultural side of Port of Spain, but there is a side of Trinidad that offers hiking adventures, sparkling waterfalls and quiet beaches. Maracas beach, on the north coast, is an easy drive after your sightseeing tour around Port of Spain. Or, on the east coast try Manzanilla beach, wild and windswept. One of the world’s most exciting wildlife spectacles takes place on the northeast coast between March and August each year, when hundreds of sea turtles clamber ashore to nest each night. For an extreme adventure, look into ziplining at Macqueripe Bay. And, don’t forget tiny Tobago, where you’ll find Pigeon Point beach, and unforgettable Buccoo Reef. Before you start packing, your first stop on your way to Jamaica should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for travel to Trinidad and Tobago.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Trinidad and Tobago?
Travellers to Trinidad and Tobago are generally advised the following vaccinations:
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Trinidad and Tobago. If you are travelling further in the region, you may also wish to check what vaccinations you require for neighbouring countries in the Caribbean.
Further Travel Health Advice for Trinidad and Tobago
Heat and Humidity
Trinidad is very hot, and if you visit during the dry season, November to late May, expect temperatures to be anywhere between 28 and 33 or even higher. Take the sun seriously, use lots of sun block lotion, and at the beach, spend at least 20 minutes in the shade each hour. Make a habit of carrying bottled water with you wherever you go, to stay hydrated.
It is wise not to trust the quality of the tap water in Trinidad and Tobago. Use bottled water, and remember to bring lots with you when touring, or lounging on the beach.
Food and Drink
A tantalising melting pot of fragrances, flavours and spices from all over the world, Trinidadian cuisine is influenced by many cultures, including West Indian, East Indian, Spanish,and Creole. You can as easily find a good chicken curry as a stewed lobster creole. The National dish is Pelau, a spicy rice which is either fried, curried, or served Spanish style. Lobster, crab, conch, and many types of fish, such as flying fish and kingfish are fried, grilled or stewed as main dishes, and served with rice or plantains. In Tobago, treat yourself to crab and dumpling, made with blue land crabs, cooked in the shell, with curry sauce. Pelau might be the National dish, but Roti is the National snack. It consists of an Indian chiapatti pancake, wrapped around a curry of potatoes and chickpeas with meat, or shrimp, and most visitors find it becomes a habit. Rum, mixed in punch, and beer are the beverages of choice. All sorts of soft drinks are available, and coconut milk or water are very popular.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
If you need health care in Trinidad and Tobago, there are several hospitals, and a choice of good clinics. In general the standard of care is good, however, it is best to check with your hotel or resort before choosing a care facility. Arrange in advance to have ample cash money with you to pay for any health care you might need, since your own insurance may not cover these costs and most clinics require cash payment.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.
In Trinidad, it is important to observe normal precautions to safeguard your valuables, such as not carrying large sums of money, and not wearing flashy jewellery. Visitors are generally safe in tourist areas, but there are many incidences of crime, and it is best to check with your tour operator or hotel as to any potential problems, especially in Port of Spain. Tobago is very safe for visitors.