AmCham T & T BFA
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How easy is it to get to Trinidad?
A. There are daily flights from Caracas on Copa Airlines.
Q. What is the temperature and climatic conditions like in Trinidad and Tobago?
A. Trinidad and Tobago enjoys a maritime tropical climate which is influenced by the northeast trade winds. In Trinidad the annual mean temperature is 26�C, and the average maximum temperature is 33°C. Tobago's temperature tends to be slightly cooler.
There are two predominant seasons; the dry season which begins in January and ends in May, and the rainy/wet season from June to December.
Both Trinidad and Tobago are located below the hurricane belt and the islands normally experience less storm activity than some of the other Caribbean islands.
Q. What is the capital?
A. Port of Spain is the capital of Trinidad. It is the hub of the island both culturally and economically and boasts a wide variety of entertainment, night life, restaurants and hotels.
Scarborough is the capital of Tobago and offers travellers restaurants beaches and hotels.
Q. Which airlines fly to Trinidad and Tobago from Latin America and the US?
A. The various airlines operating routes in and out of Trinidad from Latin America are AEROPOSTAL which leaves from Caracas and COPA from Panama.
Airlines operating from the United States include CONTINENTAL which leaves from Houston and Newark/New Jersey; DELTA AIRLINES functions from Atlanta and New York; CARIBBEAN AIRLINES which flies from Miami and New York; AMERICAN AIRLINES INC which also leaves from Miami and AMERICAN EAGLE INC from San Juan.
INSEL AIR INTERNATIONAL is available for participants leaving from Curacao.
Q. What are the requirements to enter the country?
A. You will need a valid passport for three months longer than your stay and a return ticket.
Visa requirements are compulsory for Bolivia, Paraguay and Haiti. All other AACCLA member countries do not require visas. Visa Waivers are available and participants from the above stated countries can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange same.
Q. How much is the departure tax at the airport?
A. The departure tax is US$16.00.
Q. Will transportation be provided for participants of the Conference?
A. Your registration includes ground transfers to and from the airport as well as to and from the conference activities.
Q. What is the currency used?
A. The unit of currency is the Trinidad and Tobago, or TT Dollar (TTD). Trinidad and Tobago notes are issued in denominations of TT$ 1.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 100.00. Some businesses accept the USD.
Q. What about credit cards and travellers cheques?
A. Visa and Master cards are more widely accepted than American Express and other
ATMs accepting cards on the Plus/Electron and Cirrus/Maestro networks are also available and can be found at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and the Crown Point International Airport in Tobago or within Port of Spain or Scarborough. Travellers cheques are also accepted and can be changed in most banks.
The banks most commonly used are Citi, First Citizens Bank, Intercommercial Bank, Republic Bank, RBTT, Scotiabank.
Q. What is the exchange rate to the US dollar?
A. The exchange rate is approximately TT $6.30 to 1 USD. This may fluctuate from time to time but information on daily rates can be accessed at local banks or in the newspapers.
Q. Which types of clothing should be packed?
A. If you are visiting Trinidad and Tobago on business, suits, shirts, ties, blazers and jackets are appropriate. However one should also pack, comfortable, light cotton clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent. Please note that it is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago for civilians to wear camouflage clothing.
Q. What is the acceptable rate for tipping?
A. Even though this is entirely dependent on your discretion, the following guidelines can be used.
- Taxi Drivers: 10% of the fare
- Service Staff at a Restaurant: 10 to 15 % of total bill
- Spa Attendants: 10% of total bill
Q. What are the business hours for malls, shops and banks?
A. Banks open Monday to Thursday from 8:00AM to 2PM.
On Fridays they open at 8:00AM to 12 noon and then reopen from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.
Banks located in shopping plazas are the exception to this rule with business hours from 10:00 AM to 6:00PM.
Most shops open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Those located in shopping malls open from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.
Shops, Malls and Banks are normally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.