TnTisland FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Carnival/Events/Festivals
When is carnival in Trinidad & Tobago? Carnival 2023
February 20 & 21

Carnival 2024
February 12th & 13th

Carnival 2025
March 3rd & 4ths

Carnival 2026
February 16th & 17th

Carnival 2027
February 8th & 9th

Carnival 2028
February 28th & 29th

Carnival 2029
February 12th & 13th

Carnival 2030
March 4th & 5th
 
Can I buy tickets for carnival events/fetes through your website?NO ... you will need to contact the event organizers or check the local Trinidad & Tobago media outlets to see where you can purchase tickets for an event or fete.

Pan Events

Pan Trinbago
37 Victoria Square (corner of Duke & Melbourne Streets)
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 623-4486
Fax: (868) 625-6715
Official website: http://www.pantrinbago.co.tt

Carnival Events

National Carnival Commission
Administration Building
Queen's Park Savannah
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel1: (868) 627-1351
Tel2: (868) 627-1354
Fax: (868) 623-1391
Official website: http://www.ncctt.org

Calypso Events

TUCO (Trinibago Unified Calypso Organization)
#22 Jerningham Avenue
Belmont, Port-of-Spain
Trinidad
Tel:: (868) 623-9660
Fax: (868) 623-9660

Fetes/Parties Events

Contact the promoter(s) of the fete or check the local newspaper
 
When is Tobago Heritage 2023?The Tobago Heritage Festival that occurs every year from the middle of July to early August.
Official website: http://www.tobagoheritagefestival.com
 
Where can I buy a T&T carnival video? (panorama, carnival etc..) You may try these places

Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport
Airport Connector Road
Crown Point
Tobago

Pan Trinbago Office
37 Victoria Square (corner of Duke & Melbourne Streets)
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 623-4486

National Carnival Commission (NCC) Office
Administration Building
Queen's Park Savannah
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 623-4486

TUCO (Trinibago Unified Calypso Organization)
#22 Jerningham Avenue
Belmont, Port-of-Spain
Tel: (868) 623-9660

Various Panyards accross the country
Rengades, All Stars, Exodus, Skiffle, Desperadoes, Phase II etc.

Crosby's Music Centre
54 Western Main Road
St. James
Tel: (868) 622-7622
 
When is Independence Day?Independence Day occurs every August 31st.
 
When is Republic Day?Republic Day occurs every September 24th.
 
When is the 2023 Great Fete Weekend in Tobago?July 26th to 30th.
 
When is the 2023 Great Race from Williams Bay, Chaguaramas to Store Bay, Tobago?August 19th.
 
 
Education
Can I send you a copy of your transcipt (grades)?NO ... I am not connected with any TnT school or the Ministry of Education in addition I am based in Canada, so if you are looking for your school transcipts (grades) to be sent to you, please contact the school you attended or MoE for your transcipt!

Ministry of Education
#5 St. Vincent Street
Port of Spain
Tel: (868) 622-2182/83
Officical Website: http://moe.gov.tt
Does the Ministry of Education have a website?Yes...MOE offical website:http://moe.gov.tt
 
 
Accommodations
What accommodations (hotel/inns/resorts/guesthouses) are closes to Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport?
These accommodations are closes to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.
 
Arthur's By The Sea Kariwak Village Hotel
Belleviste Apartments Le Grand Courlan Resort
Candle in the Wind Palm Rings Cottages
Coco Reef Resort Rainbow Holiday Resort
Coconut Inn Rovanel's Resort
Conrado Beach Resort Hotel Sandy Point Village
Coral Ridge Studio Apartments Sandy's Guest House
Crooks Apartment Shaw Villa
Crown Point Beach Hotel Spence Holiday Resort & Spence Terrace
Douglas Apartments Store Bay Holiday Resort
Golden Thistle Hotel Sunshine Holiday Apartment
Hummingbird Hotel Surf Side Hotel
James Holiday Resort Toucan Inn
Jeffrey's Guest House Tranquility Villa
Jetway Holiday Resort Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort Ltd
Jimmy's Holiday Resort V I P Holiday Resorts
Johnston Apartments Villas of Tobago
Jordan's Guest House Woods Castles
 
Do I have accommodation (hotels/inns/resorts/guesthouses) rates or prices avialable on my website? No...Due to prices varations between carnival season, peak and non-peak tourism season, I do not offer prices for accommodations on my website. You must contact the hotel/inns/resorts or guesthouse establishment yourself for rates and too make reservations.
 
Can I book my reservation through your site for accomodations at a hotel/inns/resort or guesthouse? No..I am not affiliated with any hotel/resort and/or guesthouse where you can make reservations via my trinbago site. You must contact the hotel/inns/resorts or guesthouse establishment yourself for rates and too make reservations. In addition I am also based in Canada. I will simply delete your email if you require/request a reservations bookings!!!
 
What accommodations (hotel/inns/resorts/guesthouses) are closes to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad?
These accommodations are closes to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.
 
Airport Inn Piarco Palace
Airport Suites Hotel Piarco Village Suites
Cedar Villa - Duplex Apartment Ramelís Tropical Suites
Grand Diamond Hotel Regent Star Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Trincity Trinidad Airport Runway Hotel and Restaurant
Monte Cristo Inn [Boutique] Stayinn Hotel
Palms Hotel Trinidad Studio 27 Inn
Piarco International Airport Stewart Guest House - Trincity
Willard's Bed and Breakfast  
 
What areas of Port of Spain can I find accomodations close to carnival events/fetes and/or actvities? Depending on the area of POS some carnival events/fetes are closer to your accommodation location then others. Nonetheless it is fairly easy to move around the city to different events.

Places to consider are: Woodbrook, St. Clair, Newtown, St. James, Maraval and downtown POS

For a listing of hotel/inns/resorts: click here.

For a listing of guesthouses click here.
 
 
Travel
Does Trinidad & Tobago have a departure tax? There is no departure tax between Trinidad and Tobago, however for all other departures are TT$200 which is inlcuded in the price of your ticket. Departure Tax must be paid by everyone under 60 years of age when leaving the country.
 
How long is the trip between Trinidad and Tobago? The trip between the two islands is as follow:

By air.....
Piarco International Airport (Trinidad) to Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (Tobago)....roughly 20 mins by air.

By sea.....
Port of Spain Port (Trinidad) to Scarborough Port (Tobago)....roughly 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours depending on the ferry.
 
Can I make ferry reservations through your site? No...you would have to contact the Port Authority either in Port of Spain, Trinidad or Scarborough, Tobago for information on reservations and purchasing tickets for the ferry.

Port of Spain
(868) 625-3055/623-9353 Extensions 215, 211 or 212 (Information)
WhatsApp or Call (Monday to Friday / 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 723-1179

Scarborough
(868) 639-2668/639-2417 (Information)
WhatsApp or Call (Monday to Friday / 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 723-1179

for more information on the ferry click here.
 
What side of the road do they drive on in Trinidad & Tobago? Trinidad & Tobago follows the British rule of driving.....they drive on the left hand side of the road...so remember "KEEP LEFT". Trinidad's speed limit is 100kph (60mph) on highways and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas. While in Tobago do not exceed 50kph (30mph). There is no left turn on a red light and u-turns are illegal. Drivers and front-seat passengers are legally required to wear a seat belt: the fine for not doing so is TT$1000.
 
Is there ferry service between Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago? No...there is no ferry service between Venezuela and TnT.
 
How much is the taxi fare in Trinidad & Tobago? The taxi fare varies from $3 to $25 tt dollars depending on destination. (This includes both maxi taxi, regular taxis and private hired taxis)

Off-routes drop off is an extra fare charge in addition to the normal fare. (off-routes fare vary from $1.00 to $10.00 tt dollars)

All taxis/maxi taxis begin with the letter "H". All private hired taxis begin with the letter "PH".

Maxi Taxis Coloured Scheme

Port of Spain (POS)
* operates from/around Port of Spain westward to the Valley
* colour: yellow stripes

Eastern Trinidad
* operates from POS to Sandre Grande
* colour: red stripes

South Trinidad
* operates from POS to San Fernando (including Chaguanas, Couva, Gasparillo)
* colour: green stripes

Princes Town - La Romaine
* operates from San Fernando to Princes Town
* colour: black stripes

Southwestern Trinidad
* operates from San Fernando into Southwest (Erin, Penal, Point Fortin, Siparia)
* colour: brown stripes

Tobago
* operates around the island of Tobago
* colour: blue stripes
 
Can I make travel arrangements through your site? No...I am not associated with any travel agency nor do I run my own travel agency in which I can help you with your travel plans and arrangements.
 
Is there a ferry/water taxis service service between San Fernando and Port of Spain? Yes...we have what they call water taxis running between San Fernando and Port Spain costing $15/per trip.

water taxi schedule
water taxi shuttle bus service

Tickets can be purchased at $15 (one way) at the two Water Taxi terminals located at Flatrock, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, and at the Cruise Ship Complex, Port-of-Spain.

Water taxis are run by NIDCO.
For more information on the water taxis click here.
 
Is there ferry service between Toco (Northeastern part of Trinidad) to Scarborough Tobago? No..currently there is no ferry service between Toco, Trinidad to Scarborough, Tobago. You will have to go the capital city of Port of Spain to catch a ferry to the sister island.
 
How far is Piarco International Airport from the Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad? Piarco Airport to Port of Spain is roughly 28 km (17 miles) rougly 30 mins trip.
 
How far is Piarco International Airport from San Fernando, Trinidad? Piarco Airport to San Fernando is roughly 37 km (23 miles) rougly 60 mins trip.
 
How far is it from the airport Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport to Scarborough the capital of Tobago? Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport to Scarborough is 13 km (8 miles) roughly 15 mins trip.
 
Piraco or ANR Airport Information For more information ANR or Piraco Airport click here.
 
What cruise ship sails to Trinidad & Tobago?Cruise ships that sail to T&T are:

Carnival Cruise Line - http://www.carnival.com

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - https://www.royalcaribbean.com

Princess Cruise Line - http://www.princess.com

Seabourn Cruises - http://www.seabourn.com

Holland America Cruise Line - http://www.hollandamerica.com

MSC Cruises - https://www.msccruises.com

Fred Olsen Cruises - http://www.fredolsencruises.com
 
 
General
What type of electricity current (voltage) is in Trinidad & Tobago? TnT Electrical Current is rated at 110 and 220v, 60 cycles (similar to USA and Canada standards)
 
What timezone is Trinidad & Tobago? The timezone for TnT is Time Zone EST +1; GMT -4
 
How long must I be on the island of Trinidad & Tobago to get married? You must be on the island for at least 3 days (72 hrs) before you can get married in Trinidad & Tobago.

For more information contact Registrar Generalís Office:

Tobago - Registrar Generalís Office
Jerningham Street
Scarborough
Tel: (868) 639-3210

Trinidad - Registrar Generalís Office
Red House
Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Tel: (868) 623-2450
 
Can I send you a police badge or crest? No....currently I am not aware of any police badges/crests avialable for collectors. In addition I have no connection with the Trinidad & Tobago Police Force in redirecting your enquiries for a police crest/badge.
 
What is the currency of Trinidad and Tobago? The currency is TT dollar floats against the US dollar (roughly $6 USA to $1 TT). For the exchange rate contact your local bank for the current rate. Travellers' cheques, US currency and international credit cards are readily accepted at major hotels and shops. TT cash can be accessed from ABMs (automatic bank machines) around the island.
 
Is there a TSTT directory online? TSTT ... Whitepages.
TSTT ... Yellowpages.
 
What age must you be to drive in Trinidad & Tobago? Visitors with valid licenses issued in U.S., Canada, France, U.K., Germany and the Bahamas may drive for up to three months. International licenses are also accepted.

Note: "Keep Left when Driving"......Trinidad & Tobago drives on the left hand side of the road like in England. Trinidad's speed limit is 100kph (65mph) on highways and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas. While in Tobago do not exceed 50kph (30mph). There is no left turn on a red light and u-turns are illegal. Drivers and front-seat passengers are legally required to wear a seat belt: the fine for not doing so is TT$1,000.
 
In case of emergency assistance what numbers do I called? Emergency Servoce - 911
Police Service Rapid Response - 999
Fire Sevice - 990
Ambulance Sevice - 811
Coast Guard Search & Rescue - 634-4440 or 639-1461
Regiment (Defence Force)- 639-3443
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) - 511 or 800-ODPM
Tobago Emergency Relief (TEMA) - 211 or 660-7489
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex - Mount Hope Medical Complex (Public Hospital): 645-HOPE (4673)
Port of Spain General Hospital (Public Hospital): 623-2951
St Clair Medical Centre (Private Hospital): 628-1451
San Fernando General Hospital (Public Hospital): 652-3581 or 225-4325
Scarborough Hospital - Tobago (Public Hospital): 660-4744
Community Hospital - 622-1191, 622-3302, 628-8330
Childrenís Authority Hotline - 996 or 800-2014
Operator - 0

T&T area code - 868
 
Is the water safe to drink in Trinidad & Tobago? Tap water is process, but boil the water to be on the safe side. Bottle water can be puchased.
 
Can I forward your resume (curriculum vitae/cv) to an employer/agency/company. NO ... I am not a job referreal agency nor do I know if any individuals/company that are hiring people. Please send the resume yourself to the individual or company I will not forward any resumes.
 
The word "Spain" refers to caribbean island of Trinidad's capital city...Port of Spain The word "Spain" refers to "Port of Spain" the capital city of the caribbean island of Trinidad and not the European country Spain.
 
What are some traditional games played by children in Trinidad & Tobago? (1) Rounders - Like base ball, except you hit the ball with your hand, and run the bases, then the next person comes to bat. and the other team have to get you out, by hitting you with the ball.

(2) Bail Cup - you fill a milk pan with stones, any amount of people can play, one person has to find the others who goes into hiding, and say Bail Cup while shaking the pan (NAME CALLED) behind the fence or tree, come out. also the ones in hiding can run out and shake the pan. The game then starts over.

(3) Rescue - A game of catch, where a person catches the others one by one and puts them in jail or holding, he or she still has to catch all, but any one who is not caught, and run into the jail and rescue the others with out getting caught.

(4) Blind Man - A person eyes are covered, and has to feel his or her way to catch the others the first one to get touched is it.

(5) Red Over - Two teams mostly Girls vs Boys both form a line and hold hands, them call a name while saying Red over red over send (name called ) right over and the person has to break through. if not they go back to the team.

(6) Brown Girl - A circle is formed and holding hands while singing brown girl in the ring, when the song is finished the girl has to kiss one of the boys.

(7) Marble Games

(a) Rings - A circle is drawn in the ground and marbles put in you take turns to knock them out.

(b) 3 Hole - 3 holes are dug, 3 or 4 players they stand at one end and pitch the marble to the other end and try to get it in the hold in one, if they do they try for the 2 hold , if they get it they go for the 3 one , then go back down to the 2 one then 1 st one then, repeat the first step again, if a hold is not made one the first try turns are taken. the fist person to come back up the 2nsd time is the winner.

(c) 10 20 - a fun game mostly played by the younger kids the pitch the marble to knock or hit the other person marble and points are games.
 
What language is spoken in Trinidad & Tobago? The primary language spoken on the islands is English. Although some locals can also speak Hindu, Spanish, French. and Patois (Broken French language).
 
Can I book scuba diving lessons/instructions? No, I am not affiliate with any diving program nor diving school you will have to contact diving instructor/school directly for scuba diving lessons/instructions.
 
 
Government/Business Services
How do I get employement with a hospital, nursing home or register with the medical or nursing board in Trinidad & Tobago? Please conntact the Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health
General Administration
63 Park Street
Port of Spain 100607
Tel1: 627-0010
Tel2: 627-00112
Tel3: 627-0014
website: Ministry of Health
 
How do I contact the Resturant or Hotel Association? Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association
Apt #1, Lambeau Credit Union Building
Auchenskeoch Road, Carnbee Village, Tobago
Tel: (868) 639-9543
email: Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association
 
How do I get employment with the Trinidad & Tobago Police service? You best bet is too contact the Police service:

T&T Police Service
Police Administration Building
Corner Edward and Sackville Streets
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 627-5217

For more information on joining/contacting the police department click here.





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