(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – The United States embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has updated its travel advisory warning of terrorism in this country and prohibiting US Government personnel from visiting areas in Port of Spain including the interior of the Queen’s Park Savannah.
The advisory dated this Thursday (February 22) is classified as a level 2: Exercise increase caution due to crime and terrorism.
“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas,” it stated.
It issued a warning to not travel to certain areas in the capital city.
“Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah,” it stated.
“After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches,” the advisory added.
Itv stated that violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common.
“Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related,” it stated.
The embassy warned travellers to this country to:
Use caution when walking or driving at night.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Do not display overt signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
Be extra vigilant when visiting ATMs.
Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Report for Trinidad and Tobago.
Review the Traveler’s Checklist
The US travel advisory was updated one day after top diplomats met with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Government Minister Stuart Young.
On Wednesday, Rowley met with British High Commissioner Tim Stew, Australian High Commissioner, John Pilbeam, Canadian High Commissioner, Carla Hogan Rufelds and United States Chargé d’Affaires, John McIntyre.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated that discussions centred on “the successful management” of the recent national security challenges.
This was in reference to a terrorist plot to disrupt Carnival.
The Office of the Prime Minister stated that during discussions, the diplomats pledged to continue working with local law enforcement to provide the level of security needed for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago as well as all other persons residing here.
Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia also have travel advisories warning of crime and terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago which were issued since before Carnival.