Bad news for unvaccinated nationals who were hoping to enter the country through Tobago.
The Prime Minister announced on Saturday that unvaccinated nationals cannot enter Tobago at this time.
He said “We want to make sure that: One, we preserve Tobago – it being a separate entity—it is possible to preserve a lower level of exposure in Tobago. Two, The logistics of managing unvaccinated people – the government is not prepared to take on that in two airports when we could only do it well in one.”
Unvaccinated nationals entering Trinidad will have to quarantine for 14 days at their expense, while vaccinated people will be allowed into the country without quarantine,
Unvaccinated non-nationals will not be allowed to enter the country.
Dr Rowley insisted that the reopening of the country’s borders on July 17th will be strict but cooperative.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram listed four different categories of requirements for people entering the country.
Also speaking at the Prime Minister’s media briefing on Saturday, Dr Parasram revealed that the first category of people – unvaccinated nationals, will require a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival, which will be validated by the airline.
He said they will immediately, after arrival, go into state-supervised quarantine for 14 days at their expense, be subjected to a medical assessment within 24 hours of arrival, undergo daily monitoring, and will be subjected to a PCR test on the 7th day.
Asymptomatic passengers, who test negative, will be allowed to go home after the quarantine period, but passengers who test positive will be immediately transferred to the parallel healthcare system, based on the acuity of the disease.
The second category of people is returning passengers requiring urgent medical attention, while the third category of people – fully-vaccinated passengers, will only require a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival and proof of vaccination (only WHO-approved vaccines).
The WHO-approved vaccines are Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Moderna- NIAID, Sinopharm BIBP and Sinopharm – Corona Vac.
The fourth category, according to the CMO, is children.
Unvaccinated children travelling with a vaccinated parent/guardian will be allowed to go straight home with a negative PCR test before arrival, and a repeat of a negative PCR test between days three and five of arrival.If the child tests positive, however, they will be immediately isolated.
Any unvaccinated adult travelling with a child will have to go to state-supervised quarantine for 14 days with the child.