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 Trinidad & Tobago - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials


Voltage: 115V
Frequency: 60 Hz

LPG (Gas)

Propane is referred to as ‘cooking gas’ in Trinidad and is not pure propane. Camping gas is Butane.

RAMCO (the company that fills the bottles) requires all propane tanks older than 5 years be pressure tested prior to filling. The charge for this may be $100TT or more, plus the cost of any replacement parts. It could take an extra week for this to be done. If there is any problem with tank or fittings, it may be cheaper to buy a new one.

At all boatyards and marinas have your boat name and location clearly marked on the tank when leaving it for refill. Payment is normally made in advance, but check with the refill service you are using first.

Refer to each port for details of where to obtain LPG.


Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$).


International Dialing Code for Trinidad Tobago is +1 868.

Cellphone GSM Frequencies: 850/1800/1900 - (This means you will need a GSM cellphone that will work on 850MHz, 1800Mhz, or 1900Mhz to use it in Trinidad and Tobago.)

Cruiser's Net

The Trinidad working & cruisers hailing is daily at 08:00 (local time) on VHF channel 68

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at


The Public Transport Service Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (PTSC) provides a good transport service. Most routes operate from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Sunday service is available from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm on selected routes.

For information on schedules, route maps and fares go to the PTSC website.

Maxi Taxis, private taxis and rental cars are all available.

Diplomatic Missions


February - The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is celebrated two days before Ash Wednesday.

February (mid) - Tobago Carnival Regatta sponsored by the Tobago House of Assembly.

The full schedule of racing events for Trinidad can be found in the racing calendar on the Sailing Association website.


Police - Dial 999
Fire and Ambulance - Dial 990
Ambulance - Dial 811
Reporting Crime - Dial 555
Coast Guard - Dial 634-4440


IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for users via World Cruising Club.

A Yachtsman’s Guide to Trinidad 3.0
Author Frank Virgintino - Revised January 2016
Available as free pdf download from and on Kindle from Amazon and any EPub store.
Provides updated information on clearing rules and fees as well as on the array of facilities and tradespeople that make Trinidad the hurricane season destination with a bonus for cruisers.

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

The Cruising Guide to Trinidad
By Stephen J. Pavlidis
Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Inc. (November 1, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-1892399137
A Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago covering this lovely Caribbean cruising region. Its 29 full-color charts containing extremely accurate data are based on independent surveys personally conducted by the author himself, using a computer hydrographic system.

Cruising Guide to Trinidad & Tobago plus Barbados and Guyana
By Chris Doyle and others
Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications (4th Edition Nov 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-944428-96-2
Chris Doyle along with others has explored these islands extensively and offers comprehensive information on a wide variety of facilities.  Additionally, the guide also provides information about shore side activities. This edition contains many color photographs and is packed with updated information on navigation and sketch charts with GPS coordinates.

Grenada to the Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Publisher Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson- 3rd Edition 2014
ISBN 9781846235818
This edition covers each island between Grenada and Barbados to the Virgin Islands and is a translation from Jacques Patuelli's original French version with pilotage notes, tourist information, formalities and facilities

Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board

Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association
Cruising in Trinidad (2018)
By Bruce Amlicke from Wild Matilda

Things I wish I had known before I arrived in Chaguaramas (April 2015)
From Trinidad Cruisers Facebook Group

Powerboats Marina , P.O. Box 2852, TT Post , Chaguaramas, Trinidad, W.I.
Tel:(868) 634-4938 Fax:(868) 634-2160
YSATT is the marine trades association for the yacht services industry in Trinidad and Tobago. They are the voice to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago as well as to the cruising community and address issues such as security, policies and procedures (Immigration, Customs, etc.)
File a float plan between Trinidad and Grenada on their website, plus a lot of useful safety and security advice.

Update History

July 2018: Cruiser's Net information updated.
July 2018: Agent added for pet services from Kristiann Gips and pet information updated with information from Jesse James.
March 2018: Formalities checked and updated.
November 2016: Immigration updated from
March 2016: Fees confirmed by SY Tegan 1.
January 2016: Formalities updated from Free Cruising Guides.
October 2015: Security Section updated
May 2015: Publications checked
May 2014: Fees updated by Johanna of SY Flow.
January 2013: Formalities and regulations checked/updated. Web addresses checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Jeffrey OConnor
Jeffrey OConnor says:
Jul 21, 2018 03:30 PM

Update regarding visas for Australians arriving on private yachts. You must get a visa and it will cost TT400 per person.
Jeff O'Connor
SV Nawii

Kristiann Gips
Kristiann Gips says:
Jun 29, 2018 01:21 AM

ATTN: Cruisers with Pets

We are planning to arrive in Trinidad August 2018 with our dog aboard and subsequently fly him out for the summer season. I began to follow the recommendations as posted here.

I have since learned that Trinidad has a new "in transit" procedure for this situation. Until the regulations are clear, I encourage anyone wishing to sail to Trinidad with a pet to contact Jesse James at [email protected], mobile number number +1 868 6835202. Jesse will guide you according to your personal situation!

Kristiann Gips
s/v Allende

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 12, 2018 04:15 PM

Posted on behalf of SV Bad Bunny:
Extra Fee on Departure Time in Trinidad

We stayed about three months in Chaguaramas for major boat refurbishment. We hired many local contractors and were pleased with the results. During our short stay, we met great people in Trinidad and liked the workers in Peake Yacht Services.

I want you to be aware of “how to answer your departure time to a custom’s officer”. We went to the customs office around 1:30 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018, during normal office hours. The custom’s person asked us our departure time. I answered her 5pm. Our customs paper work was completed around 2 pm but we had to pay an extra fee for departure tax and harbor charge (about 235 Trinidadian Dollars = 35 USD).
The customs lady explained to us that this fee occurs because we plan to leave at 5 pm not before 4 pm. If we had responded to her 3:59 pm (to be safe), we would not have had to pay this additional fee. We told the lady, in that case, we want to leave at 4 pm. The official told us it cannot be changed because we already told her we plan to leave at 5 pm.

We had a great time in Trinidad, and the additional fee isn’t that much; however, I felt like a fool with this Trinidadian Customs rule: “Paying an overtime fee even though we processed our paper work during their normal office hours.”

Be aware, when you are asked your departure time, make sure to answer that it is 3:59 pm. (Don’t say 4 pm because they might say we are closed then.)

John (S/V Bad Bunny)

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 16, 2017 04:03 PM

Sargassum hits Tobago:
Reported by Joan Conover 10 August, 2017.
Tobago has its beaches full of Sargassum weed. There is currently no solution to this problem. An online site to track Sargassum weed via satellite images is in development - lots of discussions right now about what to do about this problem.
Search "Sargassum" on noonsite for latest news items.

nadireberker says:
May 13, 2017 10:51 PM

Update on Tobago from SY Keyif, 19/2/2017 to 23/2/2017

We had reached Scarborough early in the morning after a 24 day, 19 hour passage from St. Helena.
The anchoring space was extremely limited, and even with our shallow draft boat of 1m, we were unable to fit our 45ft monohull Keyif in to the place we were ordered by the Port Master.
So we stayed only for an hour, not to be in the way of the ferries running back and forth from Trinidad. The immigration officers were very friendly, but it was expensive to check in as we arrived on a Sunday.
The check in procedure with the customs was also expensive, but went relatively smoothly, after which we anchored in Store Bay, 9 miles south.
The sea was inviting, but the never-ending parade of jet skis made swimming a frightening experience. The life ashore was pretty mediocre, with bad infrastructure and shabby tourist establishments.
The fresh vegetables and fruit were hard to find, and the prices were surprisingly high.
We are runners, and ran from Store Bay to town and back, also did some other runs nearby, but found the island to be generally not very friendly. Not worth a visit at all, and pretty disappointing after a long passage.
The check out in customs turned out to be terrifying for me. We are used to bureaucracy, and have dealt very successfully with sometimes difficult officials all over the world during our five year circumnavigation, and being from a country famous for its bureaucracy, we are proud of our ability to handle delicate situations with extreme care. Never in our lives at sea or on land, had we experienced such unpleasantness, leading to terror.
The customs official had previously stated that he did not need to see the captain on check out. So my husband stayed on the boat, and I took the bus to town to finish the check out procedures. Upon arrival in customs, there was another official who asked if I was the captain, and when I said 'For now, yes', accused me of lying to him. I apologised and reminded him that this was a two person small sailboat, so it did not really matter who the captain was, upon which he said I was insulting an official of the government, and he would call the police and have me jailed. In spite of my profuse apologies and explanations, I was not allowed to leave, but to sit and wait for the police.
After the official left the room, I waited for some nerve wrecking minutes. Eventually, one of the other officials who had witnessed the whole affair took and secretly stamped my papers to let me go. As I was leaving, the one who wanted to have me jailed came to create another scene, and the two ended up fighting while I quickly escaped.
I would never visit Tobago again, and never advise anyone to do so. There are so many islands to choose from in the Caribbean, one more beautiful than the other, and Tobago is definitely not worth the effort or the expense.

nadireberker says:
May 13, 2017 10:49 PM

Update on Trinidad from SY Keyif 24-28/2/2017

Keyif was in Crews Inn Marina for the Trinidad Carnival. We thought this to be the perfect ending to our five year circumnavigation. We would like to thank Mr. Jesse James for taking unbeliavably good care of us during our stay, and making sure we had a fantastic time. Without him, we could never have experienced the Carnival so intensely, so easily and so safely. However, the Carnival was a disappointment for those of us searching for the authentic experience. It has become a big touristic attraction, full of paying guests from the US and Europe who do not know how to dance, in fact, the outsiders in some bands outnumber locals, and there is no show but clothes.
Crews Inn Marina has an excellent, rather inexpensive do it yourself laundry, good pool, very efficient and helpful dockmaster, OK wifi. Beware the mosquitos, and the secretarial staff. Especially the lady supervisor is extremely rude and unpleasant.
The customs in Trinidad are in the marina premises in Crews Inn, and they are very helpful. However it costs a lot to check in and out after hours. Even if you finish your check out procedure within working hours, you still must pay if your actual leaving time is after 16:00.
The immigration officer played an unpleasant trick and made us wait for half an hour, until it was 16:05, then made us pay for overtime. In total, we paid nearly 350$ for a five person crew, three of which joined us in Trinidad, an exorbitant amount when you compare with the other islands of the Caribbean.
Apart from hauling out for the hurricane season, there is nothing in Trinidad that appeals to a long distance cruiser. Then there is the biggest drawback to hauling out there, the hassles with immigration and customs! So no more Trini for Keyif and crew.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 06, 2016 01:22 PM

Sep. 30th 2016
Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced during the reading of the 2016-2017 Budget today that foreign yacht repair services will be made a VAT exempt service for yacht owners. This in keeping with international best practice and will take effect in the first quarter of 2017

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 14, 2016 02:59 PM

Posted on behalf of Captain Peter:
Few tips to sailors approaching or leaving Trinidad. Don't use the south entrance into the Gulf of Paria if you're coming from East, come in between Tobago and Trinidad, then enter the first most Easterly Bocas and head into Chaguaramas. If you're coming from North ( Grenada ) keep east so you can enter the East Bocas, don't let the current push your boat West so you end up entering the Bocas having border to Venezuela.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 04, 2016 11:26 AM

Our Experience with Trinidad Customs - Forwarded by SV Tegan 1, 2 March 2016:

We checked out of Trinidad on Feb 10, 2016, and at that time Customs told us that even though Immigration gives you 24 hours to depart, Customs gives you only 4 hours. ALSO, if you actually depart (or arrive for that matter) outside of regular office hours (0800-1200, 1300-1600 hrs, Mon-Fri) you will be charged overtime.

For example - we were in the office on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 15:30, but because we told them we were leaving at 19:00 we were charged 193.40$TT overtime, plus 10$TT for 'Harbour Master fees", on top of the 'Harbour fees'.

Janet Pinder

wingssail says:
Aug 06, 2015 03:16 PM

Our experience with officials in Scarborough was the opposite. We arrived in Store bay after an overnight from Trinidad and took a bus to Scarborough where we found out that we were not legally allowed to be there, having cleared from Trinidad for Granada, not Tobago. We explained that it was out mistake, a misunderstanding of the rules, and after several immigration and customs officials discussed it, they accepted our explanations and allowed us to clear it up by checking in and out, or something I am not sure what, with a few papers and a lot of passport stamping, but at no cost to us, and we were fine. They were understanding and patient with us. So I guess it just depends on who you talk to and what attitude everyone present is having that day. We loved Tobago and spent a couple of weeks there, stopping in many of the bays. Charlotteville was our favorite even though it rained a lot and I ruined my phone by jumping out of the dingy at the beach just as a wave came in. Oh Well. At least the rain allowed us to fill our tanks.

rschattman1 says:
Jan 31, 2015 03:38 PM

Upon arriving in Tobago from Trinidad, we checked in immediately in Scarborough. While our immigration papers were in order we were missing one paper for Customs. They immediately confiscated our papers and scheduled a hearing for two days forth. At that hearing we explained that it was an innocent and unintentional mistake to have not filled out one form and that it was our intention to comply. We went before a hearing officer and were fined $3000.00 TT. Upon reflection of all factors and the severe penalty for a minor error we were only able to account for the highly punitive measures as a reflection of prejudice. We are white, we are cruisers, and we are from the USA. Tobago is not a place one should go unless they are interested in patronising an island that doesn't value them. While Trinidad is completely different and many there were wonderful to us, Tobago is in our opinion a place to be avoided. If you do go, be forewarned that Customs is a nightmare and you will be at risk of their arbitrary and capricious behaviour.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 14, 2015 04:30 PM

There is a great resource for cruisers in Trinidad named Jesse James. Jesse has been assisting cruisers in Trinidad for many years, and is the SSCA Station Host in Trinidad as well.
Jesse may be contacted at jessejamesmembersonly[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 13, 2013 02:23 PM

Tobago, Buccoo Reef and Speyside: New buoys installed November 2013 to record climate change, coral bleaching, and changes in the reefs. Take care if navigating in these areas.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 25, 2013 12:48 PM

Update for Australian visitors to Tobago.
We arrived from Grenada yesterday and went to Immigration at the port in Scarborough. On presenting our Australian passports we were advised that Australians require visas (TTD$400 or USD$67). We questioned this as we had visited last year and didn't have to pay anything even though I had read up that Australians require a visa. However I had queried this with various Australian friends and no -one had come across this.
The Immigration Officer went to confirm this and came back with the information that CREW on yachts are NOT required to have a visa! But tourists entering by plane or ferry DO require visas!
Lynne Sands, SV Amarula

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