• 30 JAN 2020

14 Day Travel Restrictions for Persons Departing China

Individuals leaving China will not be allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago for fourteen days after their departure from that country.

The Minister of Health the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh made the announcement today at the Post Cabinet Media Conference at the Diplomatic Center (Thursday 30 January 2019).

As a preventative measure against the Coronavirus, Cabinet took the decision to restrict people who are presently living or have visited China regardless of their nationality from entry into Trinidad and Tobago for fourteen days after leaving China.

Minister Deyalsingh said, “If you left China tomorrow on the first (February) you will not be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago until the 14th of February regardless of nationality. Why Fourteen days? The incubation period for the Coronavirus is currently 7 to 14 days… That is how you interrupt transmission of the Coronavirus.”

The Health Minister explained that the travel restriction will come into place once the legal notices are done.

Minister Deyalsingh noted that Trinidad and Tobago has implemented airport screenings to mitigate against the spread of the Coronavirus. He said the global system and Joint Regional Community are working together to prevent the spread of the virus.

Minister Deyalsingh said Trinidad and Tobago has the capability to deal with the Coronavirus in the event the virus hits this country’s shores.

The Health Minister also said at this time Carnival 2020 will not be cancelled.