LARM Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago first became colonized by the Spanish; the islands then went under British control in the early 19th century. Independence was attained in 1962. Their sugar industry was hurt by the freeing of the slaves in 1834. Workers were replaced with the contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.
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Full country name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Capital: Port of Spain
Area: Trinidad is approximately 185sq miles (4,800 sq km) and Tobago 116sq miles
Population: Trinidad and Tobago's population stands at 1,297,944. People of African and Indian descent make up the majority of the population, with people of mixed race, European, Chinese and Middle Eastern ancestry adding diversity to our ethnic mix.
Major Industries: Agriculture, Cement, Fertilizers, Food Processing, Oil and Natural Gas Production and Refining, Paints, Plastics, Steel, Tourism.  

picture trinidadTrinidad and Tobago are the islands furthest south in the Caribbean, located a mere seven miles off Venezuela's north eastern coast. The islands are a 3 hour and 19 minute flight from Miami, 4 1/2 hours from New York and 58 minutes from Caracas.

Trinidad and Tobago has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average daytime temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius. Our islands have two main seasons, the Dry Season, from January to May and the Rainy Season, from June to December. In the Rainy Season, mornings are usually sunny, followed by rainy afternoons and fair nights. During this time, our general rainfall pattern is interrupted by days of brilliant sunshine.
Trinidad and Tobago is a republic based on the Westminster System. The head of state of Trinidad and Tobago is the President and is elected by an Electoral College. The head of government is the Prime Minister and is elected from the results of a general election which occurs every five years. Tobago also has its own elections, separate from the general elections. In these elections, members are elected and serve in the Tobago House of Assembly.
trinidad pictureCURRENCY
The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT). US dollars are widely accepted at an approximate rate of TT $6 to US $1 but rate information is available at local banks, or the daily newspapers. Euros and the Pound Sterling (GBP) are not as widely accepted as US dollars. Traveler’s checks and international credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and malls.

Banks are open on Monday to Thursday, 8am-2pm and Friday, 9am-12noon and 3pm-5pm. Banks located in shopping plazas and malls are the exception to this rule with business hours from 10am to 6pm. The major banks are Citibank, First Citizens Bank, Inter-Commercial Bank, Republic Bank, RBTT and Scotia bank.
picture trinidadLANGUAGES
The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English, but Spanish is also spoken.

Freedom of religion is enshrined in Trinidad and Tobago's Constitution, and every religion is represented in our islands.

Our shopping malls range in size from 100 shops to more than 300, and offer a range of services including general shopping for clothing, household items, gifts, luxury goods; supermarkets; entertainment (cinemas and bars); dining (food courts and restaurants); beauty salons and spas. Generally, mall prices are more expensive than what you would find in the main towns. There is bulk buy shopping at Pricesmart located in the Movie Towne Complex in Port of Spain. Port-of-Spain's Charlotte Street is a haven for street vending and the place to find bargains on everything, from the local delicacy of salted fish to small appliances. Street vendors also display their trade on High Street San Fernando and Main Road Chaguanas. Most stores accept major credit cards or US currency at an approximate exchange rate of TT$6 to US$1. Shoppers can hire a taxi for the day to provide transport and you can expect to pay approximately US$50 to US$100 (based on the provider) for this service. Taxi service providers are listed in the yellow pages of the local telephone directory. Except for 15 % Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on the sticker price of some goods and services, no additional exit duties are placed on goods.

A nationally well-known main dish of Trinidad and Tobago is curry chicken and roti, where other favorite local dishes include: curry crab, curry shrimp, curry duck, curry aloo (potato). Pelau (Hindi pilau), a rice-based dish, is a very popular dish in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as stewed chicken, breadfruit oil down, macaroni pie, pepper pot, ox-tails, among many others. Dishes are often stewed, barbecued, or curried with coconut milk. Another local dish includes the rare delicacy cascadu, which is a small fresh water fish. There is a local legend in Trinidad that he /she who eats cascadu will return to Trinidad to end their days.

Trinidad has a varied nightlife including hotel entertainment and nightclubs with calypso, limbo dancers and steel drum bands. During the carnival season both islands are alive with live music in the calypso tents and pan (steel band) yards. In Tobago, the main Calypso dancers from Trinidad travel over to perform at Shaw Park, Scarborough and Roxborough.

FIRE: 990
To dial an international call to the United States,
Canada and the Caribbean:
• Dial (1) (xxx) (xxx) (xxxx)

To dial an international call to the United Kingdom:
• Dial (011) (44) (171) (xxx) (xxxx)

The only landline telephone company in Trinidad & Tobago is TSTT  (868) 824-TSTT.  They offer local phone, long distance, fast access internet access (blink broad band).
The private school that most children attend is The International School of Port of Spain that offers the American curriculum. The International School of Port of Spain is located in the West Moorings area. The International School starts from kindergarten through grade 12.

There is also the Maple Leaf International School located in Petit Valley and this school offers the Canadian curriculum. Maple Leaf starts from kindergarten through grade 12.

In the Maraval area, there is St. Andrews School which is a primary school that starts at kindergarten through grade 5. The curriculum at St. Andrews School is British and after grade 5 the children have a choice to attend the British Academy which is located on Alexandra Street in St. Clair. The British Academy goes from grade 6 – 12.
Business travelers and tourists must produce passports valid for three months longer than the intended stay and a return ticket, for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. For tourism and business related visits of up to 90 days, visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Caricom (except Haiti), European Union and British Commonwealth with the exception of the following countries:

European Union
- Czech Republic
- Estonia
- Hungary
- Latvia
- Lithuania
- Poland
- Slovakia
- Slovenia

British Commonwealth Countries
- Australia
- Cameroon
- India
- Mozambique
- New Zealand
- Nigeria
- Papua New Guinea
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Tanzania
- Uganda

Travelers from countries outside the United States and European Union must hold a passport valid for six months past their travel date, a return ticket and valid visa for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. Applications for entry visas must be submitted to a Trinidad and Tobago Mission abroad or where there is no office, to a British Embassy or Consulate in a non-Commonwealth country. The Immigration Division of Trinidad and Tobago can provide further information on visa requirements.

Please note: Visitors arriving in Trinidad and Tobago within five days of leaving an area with yellow fever must present a vaccination certificate to Immigration Officials. Travelers are also cautioned against wearing military or camouflage clothing, as it is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. Persons dressed in camouflage risk being detained by Customs officials and having the garments confiscated. New travel document requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires persons from the United States and North America who wish to re-enter or visit the United States to present a valid passport. Mobile phones, cameras, laptops, video cameras, radios and other small electronic items for your use in Trinidad and Tobago must be declared as personal effects in order to avoid duty costs.

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The most popular areas for housing are in the North Western Peninsula of the Island and the areas of West moorings, Goodwood Park, Victoria Gardens, Shorelands, Glencoe and Bayshore.

Another area that is popular and safe for residing is in the North of the Island and the areas are Federation Park, Fairways, Ellerslie Park, Haleland Park and Moka. Housing costs in these areas range from US$ 2,500 – US$3,800 per month for apartments and small houses. The apartment complexes usually have a swimming pools and some of them may have tennis courts. The cost for a four bedroom house with appliances, garden and swimming pool is between US$3,500 – US$5,500 per month.

There are also high end homes usually located in the Goodwood Park and Ellerslie Park areas that range from US$6,000 – US$10,000 per month. These homes are typically unfurnished with only appliances, swimming pool and garden.
picture trinidadHOLIDAYS

New Year's Day: January 1
Carnival Monday: February
Carnival Tuesday: February
Spiritual Baptist Day: March 30
Ash Wednesday: March/ April
Good Friday: March/ April
Easter: March/ April
Easter Monday: March/ April
Arrival Day: May
Corpus Christi: June 3
Labor Day: June 19
Emancipation Day: August 1
Independence Day: August 31
Republic Day: September 24
Christmas Day: December 25
Boxing Day: December 26

Technical Information

Electricity: 110/220 volts. If this voltage is different from your home country, some hotels offer adapters to their guests or adaptors can be purchased from local hardware and electrical stores.
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Trinidad & Tobago
Relocation Contact:
Jacinta (Cindy) O’Connor

Sue Felician
3-5 Perseverance Road
Maraval, Trinidad W.I.

Phone: (868) 629-9561
Cellular: (868) 678-0346
Fax: (868)629-9561
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