Practical Information in Trinidad and Tobago

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Climate: Tropical climate with a dry season (from January to May) and a hotter wet season (from June to December). Average maximum temperatures are 32ºC (89º F) in Trinidad and a bit cooler in Tobago, due to trade winds. Annual rain falls is about 200 cm (40 inches) on most of the territory. The islands lie below the hurricane belt, although hurricane Ivan did strike Tobago ’s northern coast in September 2004; before this, however, Flora was the last hurricane to visit the islands back in 1963.   

Currency and Costs: The local currency is the Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD). As at July 2005, the exchange rate was:

                                 1 EUR = 7.645 TTD     1 USD = 6.253 TTD

Although some hotels, restaurants and shops accept and quote their prices in EUR and USD, most transactions are made in TTD. Major credit cards are accepted, as well as traveler’s cheques, in most mid-range to upper class establishments. There are ATM’s in the main towns.

High season occurs in the dry season, when you should expect prices to go up, especially during Carnival (either February or March). Nevertheless, Trinidad & Tobago remains one of the least expensive destinations in the Caribbean, which makes it a good choice for independent travelers.

Driving: Citizens from USA , Canada and some European countries can use their home driver’s license; otherwise, an International Driving Permit is required. Driving is on the left. You must be 25 or older and hold a driving license for at least 2 years to rent a car. 

Visas: Citizens from USA, Canada and most European countries do not need visas.

Health: No vaccination is required. Risk of dengue fever; it is advisable to bring insect repellent, particularly during the wet season.

Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4 (Atlantic Time).

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August 08, 2005 change by reen
August 08, 2005 change by xonkas

Currency

The local currency is the Tinidad Dollar (TTD)

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