Broadband Caribbean Forum 2016

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa requirement

Citizens of the following countries do not require visas for entry into Trinidad and Tobago:

CARICOM: except Haiti (Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports from Haiti do not require visas).

EUROPEAN UNION: A visa for Business/Vacation purposes for visits of up to ninety (90) days within a 180 day period, is not required for European Union countries. (See below for a list of the Member States of the European Union).

Austria Sweden Cyprus
Denmark Bulgaria Germany
Hungary Finland Luxembourg
Netherlands Latvia Slovakia
Spain Portugal Czech Republic
Belgium Croatia Greece
Estonia France Malta
Poland Lithuania Slovenia
Italy Romania

The list above includes non-European Union Schengen countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)

COMMONWEALTH with the exception of:

Australia South Africa
Nigeria Mozambique
Uganda Sri Lanka
Cameroon New Zealand
Papua New Guinea Tanzania
Fiji

An application for an Entry Visa must be submitted to a Trinidad and Tobago Mission abroad or where there is no Trinidad and Tobago Office, to a UK Embassy or Consulate in a non-Commonwealth country.

An application for an Entry Visa may be submitted via the following email address immigration.visas@gov.tt

Attendees should check the link below for VISA requirements to enter Trinidad and Tobago. http://www.immigration.gov.tt/Services/Visas.aspx . Attendees requiring letters for visa applications must contact Mr. Rawle Harvey at caribbeanbroadbandforum@tatt.org.tt

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an independent twin-island state and is the most southerly country of the Caribbean archipelago, lying just off the coast of Venezuela. The country covers an area of 5,128 square kilometres (1,980 sq mi) and consists of two main islands, Trinidad as well as Tobago, and numerous smaller isles. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the main islands; Tobago is much smaller, in both land mass and population.

With a population of approximately 1.3 million, Trinidad and Tobago is a truly cosmopolitan country comprised of the descendants of settlers from Europe, West Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, as well as those of the indigenous Amerindians that preceded them. These influences all create a dizzying myriad of different cultural experiences such as Divali, the Hindu festival of lights; and African art forms such as Limbo and African drumming.

Trinidad and Tobago is most noted for its Carnival, a two-day street parade in which costumed bands compete against each other. The country is also renowned for its development of the musical genres of calypso and soca. Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the steel pan, the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century.

Possessing large oil and gas reserves, a well-developed petro-chemical industry and a rapidly developing industrial sector, Trinidad and Tobago is considered to be the “economic tiger” of the Caribbean region. However, the country has also tapped its lush scenic beauty and developed an internationally renowned tourism sector. This especially pertains to Tobago, a premiere eco-tourism destination, that has won several prestigious eco-tourism awards including the World Travel Awards “Best Eco Destination in the World” and the Caribbean Travel Awards Committee “#1 Eco-Destination in the Caribbean”.

Trinidad and Tobago remains a destination of interest for any traveller. Whether on business or leisure, here you are sure to find something that appeals to you!

Local Transportation

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago will be providing transportation for staff of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and forum presenters.

However Trinidad and Tobago boasts an efficient public transportation system utilizing taxis, buses and mini-buses that operate along fixed routes. Additionally, taxi-cab services are available at hotels.

A taxi service is also available from the airport. Taxis can be found immediately after exiting the customs area. Further information on taxis can be obtained from the Piarco Taxi Service dispatcher who is also located outside the customs area. Further information on this service can be obtained by calling 1(868) 669 0282 or 1 (868) 669 2288.

The cost to travel to the city Port of Spain, where the forum is being held, is usually around US$30.00.

The following companies provide vehicle rental services:

  • Alamo/National Car Rental (868)669-2277/1759
  • Avis Rent A Car (868)669-0905
  • Budget Rent A Car (868)699-1635
  • Econo-Car Rentals Ltd. (868)669-2342
  • Exclusive Car Rentals (868)669-6157
  • Hertz (868)669-6239
  • Himraj Taxi & Rental Service (868)669-4332
  • Kalloo’s Auto Rentals (868)669-5673
  • Save-A-Lot Rent A Car Ltd. (868)669-2226
  • Sue’s Auto Rentals (868)669-1635
  • Singh’s Auto Rentals (868)669-5417 Office, 669-3860 Fax
  • Thrifty Car Rentals (868) 669-0602
  • Local Transportation

    Free Wifi service will be made available to all delegates for the duration of the forum at the conference venue.

    Delegates interested in mobile telephone services should note that there are two (2) mobile telephone service providers in Trinidad and Tobago as follows with their respective websites for further information:

  • Bmobile- http://bmobile.co.tt/
  • Digicel Trinidad and Tobago- www.digiceltt.com/
  • Money, Currency and Exchange Rate
    The Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD) is the official currency of Trinidad and Tobago. While the TT dollar is generally accepted, foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and other authorized establishments. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard.
    Banks open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (Mondays through Thursdays) and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00pm to 5:00 pm (Fridays) as well as 10:00am to 6:00pm at major shopping malls such as the Falls at West Mall, Westmoorings and Trincity Mall, Trincity.
    Exchange rates are liable to fluctuate. However the average exchange rate can be
    USD 1 = 6.4 TTD
    For the latest exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
    Notes are in denominations of TT$1, TT$5, TT$10, TT$20, $TT50, TT$100
    Climate
    he climate of Trinidad and Tobago is typically tropical with high humidity. The average temperature is about 26° Celsius. This event will take place during Trinidad and Tobago’s rainy season, during that time Port of Spain will enjoy a warm climate with the temperature varying between 26°C to 33°C.
    Generally our islands have two main seasons, the Dry Season, from January to May and the Rainy Season, from June to December. In the Rainy Season, mornings may be sunny, followed by rainy afternoons and fair nights. During this time, our general rainfall pattern is interrupted by days of brilliant sunshine.
    Language
    English is the official language.
    Time zone
    GMT – 4.00 hours.
    Telecommunications
    Dialling code: +1
    Electricity
    Electricity: 110volts. If this voltage is different from your home country, some hotels offer adapters to their guests or adaptors can be purchased from local hardware and electrical stores. Alternating current (60 Hz) is used.
    Credit Cards
    Major credit cards are accepted in most places such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
    Business hours
    Banks: 08:00 – 17:00 Mon-Thurs
    Offices: 08:00-17:00 Mon-Fri

    Further Information:

    For further information, please contact:
    Adriana Cardoso, Travel and Logistics Officer.
    44 (0) 208 600 3800
    44 (0) 208 600 3819