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Categories of Passengers Entering Trinidad and Tobago

Five (5) categories of passengers have been identified as detailed below:

Category One – Passengers (not requiring immediate medical attention) and are Unvaccinated (ALL individuals require 72 hours pre boarding PCR).

  1. Passengers are immediately taken to a designated State Supervised Quarantine Facility for fourteen (14) days;
  2. Each passenger undergoes a medical assessment within 24hrs of arrival, which includes a medical history and PCR test for COVID-19 (swab) on the 7th day;
  3. Daily temperature monitoring and symptom checks are done by the designated medical team;
  4. Passengers who test negative for COVID-19 and complete their remaining fourteen (14) day quarantine period and are asymptomatic are allowed home. Final decision to be made by the CMOH.
  5. Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 (during the quarantine period) are immediately transferred to a hospital in the parallel health care system for clinical assessment and assignment, samples should also be sent for gene sequencing via the established pathway.

Category Two – Returning Passengers (requiring immediate medical attention)

SEVERLY /CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS

  • 1. Severe/Critically Ill passengers are quarantined at hospital (as per Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago protocols for ambulance patients), which can accommodate their level of care with the following options based on clinic assessment:
  • a. if patients require less than 14 days for stabilization/recovery, they should be transferred to a quarantine facility to complete the 14-day period and treated under the same protocols as described in Category One; and
  • b. If patients require more than 14 days for stabilization/recovery, they should be tested (swabbed) in hospital in this first instance, and if negative be transferred to the hospital where non-COVID-19 protocols are observed.

ILL BUT STABLE PATIENTS

  • Passengers who are ill but stable and in need of outpatient medical management (e.g. clinic visits for cancer treatment and Non-Communicable Disease treatment) should be transferred to a designated quarantine facility and treated under the same protocols as described in Category One. These passengers will be transported to and from hospital for treatment for their illness via ambulance when necessary; and

COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENTS

  • Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 (either upon arrival in Trinidad and Tobago or during the quarantine period) are immediately transferred to a hospital in the parallel health care system for treatment.

Category 3- Fully vaccinated passengers

  • Must show proof of a negative COVID-19 standard PCR test taken 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Must show proof of vaccination (WHO-approved)
  • No quarantine required

A fully vaccinated individual is defined as a person who has received the required number of doses of a WHO approved vaccine and it has been two weeks post the final recommended vaccine dose(s).

The WHO approval status of various COVID-19 vaccines may be found at the following link: https://www.who.int/news/item/07-05-2021-who-lists-additional-covid-19-vaccinefor-emergency-use-and-issues-interim-policy-recommendations

Category 4- Children (persons under the age of 18 years)

A child is defined in Trinidad and Tobago as a person under the age of 18 years of age. It must be noted at this time WHO has not approved the use of vaccines in this category (with the exception of the Pfizer Biontech vaccine (Cominarty); which is authorized for ages 12 years and above, however, at this time, remains largely unavailable to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

UNVACCINATED CHILDREN

  • The following conditions will be applied:
  • 1. PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival;
  • 2. Repeat of a PCR test between days 3 to 5;
  • 3. All test results, both positive and negative to be reported to the CMOH and/or CMO.

Those who are positive will be required to isolate immediately at the discretion of the CMOH and an additional quarantine order will be applied.

Note: Families in which all adults are unvaccinated and thus require State Supervised Quarantine, the unvaccinated children will also accompany the parent(s)/guardian(s) into State Supervised Quarantine.

FULLY VACCINATED CHILDREN

  • The same conditions for fully vaccinated adults will be applied to fully vaccinated children ( under 18 years old), as indicated in Category Three.

Category Five – Individuals Entering Trinidad and Tobago via Seaports

Quarantine for Seaports will mirror the quarantine for airports in general however, this section is produced to clarify some operational matters which do not arise if entering via airports.

FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

  • 1. PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival;
  • 2. Proof of vaccination (WHO approved);
  • 3. No quarantine required.

Note: If PCR test is not met on arrival, passengers are required to remain on the vessel and have a PCR done on board. Once this PCR test is negative, then the passenger will be allowed to disembark.

UNVACCINATED PEOPLE

  1. PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival;
  2. Passengers will be immediately taken to a designated State Supervised Quarantine Facility or quarantined on board the vessel at the discretion of the CMOH/Port Health Officer for fourteen (14) days;
  3. Each passenger undergoes a medical assessment within 24hrs of arrival, which includes a medical history and PCR test for COVID-19 (swab) on the 7th day;
  4. Daily temperature monitoring and symptom checks are done by the designated medical team;
  5. Passengers who test negative for COVID-19 and complete their remaining fourteen (14) day quarantine period and are asymptomatic are allowed to disembark the vessel. Final decision to be made by the CMOH/Port Health Officer;
  6. Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 (during the quarantine period) are immediately transferred to a hospital in the parallel health care system for clinical assessment and assignment. Samples should also be sent for gene sequencing via the established pathway.

Note: The CMOH or his/her designate, reserves the right to declare the final point of isolation or quarantine.

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