US and Canada issue advisories warning their citizens about travelling to T&T

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US and Canada issue advisories warning their citizens about travelling to T&T

Both the United States and Canada have issued advisories to their citizens warning them about travelling to Trinidad and Tobago.

In the US advisory, dated July 2, 2024, US citizens were advised to reconsider travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to crime.

They were also told to exercise increased caution due to terrorism and kidnapping.

It said:
“Some areas have increased risk.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas in Port of Spain: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah. After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches. Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping is common.

Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang related.”

Meanwhile, the Canadian Embassy’s warning advises of violent crime, including armed robberies, assaults and sexual assault, which they said occurs frequently on the island of Trinidad, especially in the capital, Port of Spain. “Tourists have been targeted.”

Their release said:

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.

It further stated: Criminals have targeted cars stopped on this road and victims have been carjacked, assaulted and robbed. Drive with windows closed and doors locked, since thefts can occur at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic. Gangs have followed cars leaving Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport to rob travellers at their destination.