The following goods may be imported into Trinidad & Tobago by persons
over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
a)200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
b)1.5 liters of wine or spirits in opened bottles.
c)Gifts up to the value of US$50.
Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TT$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations
of TT$100, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of TT$1 and
50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
These are very widely accepted and will often prove the most convenient
means of transaction. Banks charge a fee for exchanging travelers
Trinidad & Tobago's national airline is BWIA (BW), which flies to
other Caribbean islands and to several towns on the South American
The main ports are Port of Spain, Point-a-Pierre and Point Lisas.
There are flights every two hours run by Air Caribbean (XC) from
Piarco (Port of Spain) to Tobago (Crown Point).
There is a regular car ferry passenger service from Port of Spain
to Tobago (Scarborough).
The road network in Trinidad between major towns can be difficult
during rush hours.
a)Bus: Services are operated by the state Public Service Corporation
b)Taxi: All official taxis have registration 'H'. Hiring a private
taxi is much more expensive but gives the freedom to go where you
c)Car hire: Cars and motorcycles are available in Port of Spain
or Scarborough, and can be arranged via hotels and in Tobago at
the airport or through the hotels.
Hospitality is important and entertaining is commonly done at home.
Casual wear is usual with shirt sleeves generally accepted for business
and social gatherings, but beachwear is not worn in towns.
Most hotels and guest-houses add 10% service charge to the bill,
otherwise a 10-15% tip is usual in hotels and restaurants.
A valid passport is required by all persons aged 16 years and over.
Passports must be valid at least for the duration of stay.