PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (Wednesday, December 23, 2020) — The Ministry of Health said, on Monday, it has noted, with great concern, the recent developments, announced by the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization, relating to a new strain of the COVID-19 virus in the UK.
It announced updated protocols that will now apply to persons, coming from the United Kingdom, into Trinidad and Tobago (where the time between the date of departure and the date of arrival into Trinidad and Tobago is 14 days or less):
- A negative PCR test, within 72 hrs prior to travelling (also necessary for all persons entering Trinidad and Tobago at this time).
- A mandatory 14-day quarantine period, to be spent in a state or state-supervised facility.
“This new protocol deviates from the current quarantine period to be served by persons entering the country from other high-risk countries, which presently remains — 7 days in state or state-supervised quarantine, followed by 7 days home quarantine,” the Health Ministry said in a release.
“All other protocols, as it relates to entry into Trinidad and Tobago, remain the same at this time; to ensure that continued protection is afforded to the members of the public.”
The Ministry reminded the population to continue following the twin-island state’s public health measures, advising that “further updates will be given to the population, as the situation develops and new information comes to hand”.