Canada issues travel advisory on Trinidad to its citizens over crime

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Canada issues travel advisory on Trinidad to its citizens over crime

Canada has issued a Travel Advisory to its citizens, warning them to exercise a high degree of caution, due to the crime in Trinidad and Tobago.

A release from the Government of Canada said:

Violent crime, including armed robberies, assaults and sexual assault, occurs frequently on the island of Trinidad, especially in the capital, Port of Spain. Tourists have been targeted.

Since 2018, incidents of kidnapping for ransom have increased. Cruise ship passengers should be very careful when walking around the docks in Port of Spain. Shootings, kidnappings and other gang- and drug-related violence also occur. There is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching and thefts from cars, occurs. Crimes of opportunity tend to increase during the annual Carnival celebrations in February or March, the Christmas holidays and Tobago Jazz Festival.

Avoid deserted beaches and isolated areas after dark. On certain beaches, security is only provided from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t walk alone at night
Don’t carry large amounts of cash or show signs of affluence

Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times

Never leave personal belongings, such as money, credit cards, cell phones and other electronics, unattended, especially on beaches

If possible, stay in hotels or villas with guards and security cameras.