Moving to Trinidad and Tobago
Expats moving to Trinidad and Tobago will be treated to life in a modern-day Caribbean paradise. Trinidad and Tobago’s tropical climate, beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and vibrant coral reefs teamed with its modern amenities make this an inviting destination for expats.
Sizeable expat groups can be found in the cities of San Fernando, Scarborough and the capital, Port of Spain. Expats hail from a wide range of backgrounds and there are well-established African, Chinese, Indian, Lebanese and Portuguese communities on the islands. With cosmopolitan cities and English as the official language, new arrivals will find it relatively easy to settle in.
Despite a relaxed exterior, the Trinidadians and Tobagonians are extremely professional in the workplace. As in neighbouring Venezuela, the oil industry is the main driver of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy and many expats work in the country’s oil refineries. Large numbers of expats are also employed in the electronics and financial industries.
Many expat investors have also seen the potential in Trinidad and Tobago, with its highly educated workforce and modern infrastructure, and move to the islands to set up their own businesses.
There are a number of international schools to serve expat families living in Trinidad and Tobago but most are located in Port of Spain. The public healthcare system is adequate and emergency treatment is free to everyone, including expats. However, most still choose the private hospitals in Port of Spain, which makes it necessary for them to invest in health insurance before they arrive.
There are no major security concerns for expats moving to Trinidad and Tobago. Expats who take sensible precautions, such as keeping their valuables out of sight and being vigilant in crowded places, should not experience any difficulty.
Trinidad and Tobago offers expats a balanced lifestyle. With its great climate, beautiful landscapes and abundance of outdoor pursuits, as well as its well-developed infrastructure, expats living here really do get the best of both worlds.
Population: 1.3 million
Capital city: Port of Spain
Neighbouring countries: Trinidad and Tobago shares maritime borders with Barbados to the northeast, Grenada to the north, Guyana to the southeast, and Venezuela to the south and west.
Geography: The island of Trinidad comprises more than 90 percent of the land area of Trinidad and Tobago. The much smaller island of Tobago is situated to the northeast of Trinidad. The terrain of both islands is mostly mountainous with a few areas of plains.
Political system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
Major religions: Christianity and Hinduism
Main language: English
Money: While the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD) is the official currency, the US dollar is widely accepted. Some banks allow expats to open accounts through their websites. ATMs are situated across the two islands, especially around the airports.
Tipping: In general, tipping isn't practised in Trinidad and Tobago, but when someone goes out of their way to do something for free, a small tip is appropriate.
Electricity: 115 volts, 60 Hz. USA-style plugs with two or three flat blades are used in Trinidad and Tobago.
International dialing code: +1
Internet domain: .tt
Emergency numbers: For police, dial 999. The number 990 is for fire and ambulance, and Tobago's Emergency Relief Line is 211.
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the left. Buses are the most prevalent mode of public transport, but there are maxi-taxis and ferries between the islands as well.