With borders set to re-open on July 17th, many nationals are already planning their trips abroad.
However, TT nationals wishing to travel will first have to access the new International Immunization Travel Cards.
For Tobago, these can be attained at the office of the County Medical Officer of Health.
After being vaccinated, Immunization travel cards are issued, which bears a TRHA stamp or signature.
Many believe this is sufficient enough to travel, but it is not.
Senior Corporate Communications Officer at the Division of Health Wellness and Family Development Rion George said, “The new International Immunization Travel Cards are quite different from the existing ones because it comes with a number of safety features to prevent fraud, and it’s also different from the standard Immunization Card.”
Persons who already have Immunization Travel Cards need to be updated because for the card to be recognized it has to carry a specific stamp that can only be issued from the CMOH’s office.”
New International Immunization Travel Cards will be issued at the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health on Wednesday’s only between 9:00am and 12:00pm. Persons are asked to bring a valid passport, proof of travel, immunization card and National ID card.
Existing International Immunization Travel Cards will be issued using a drop-off – pick up method. Persons are also asked to bring their International Immunization Travel cards, their Immunization cards and National ID. Documents can be dropped off from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am -12:00 am and collected in two days’ time. According to George, the system was implemented to minimize the possibility of persons congregating at the office.