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Trinidad and Tobago customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Trinidad and Tobago to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Trinidad and Tobago make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Trinidad and Tobago customs regulations.

Import regulations in Trinidad and Tobago

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 17 years and over. One of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars;
  • or 250 grams of tobacco.

Bringing alcohol

  • Restricted to travellers 17 years and over;
  • 1.5 litres of spirits or wine.

Cash limit

  • Currency up to TT$20,000 or US$5000 must be declared.

Other Goods

  • Gifts up to a value of TT$3000 may be imported once per year per traveller.
  • Personal goods, such as clothing, toiletries, and personal electronics to be taken out when the traveller departs Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Personal effects of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, or of persons domiciled in Trinidad and Tobago, who have died abroad. Proof of death is required.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country:

  • Counterfeit and base currency and silver.
  • Fictitious stamps, and any instrument or materials capable of making any such stamps.
  • Indecent or obscene prints, paintings, films, and other media.
  • Machines for gambling.
  • Rat poisons containing arsenic.
  • Toy guns that may be mistaken for a firearm.
  • Clocks, watches, and any other metal product stamped with an imitation brand.
  • Utensils used for the preparation and smoking of opium.
  • Shaving brushes made or exported from Japan.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival:

  • Live animals, including pets, require permission from the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture. Animals must be accompanied by the necessary health certificates.
  • Arms and ammunition require written permission from the Commissioner of Police.
  • Sugar that is unrefined and not manufactured in Trinidad and Tobago requires the permission of the President.
  • Herbs or plants to be used as medicine require certification from the Chief Medical Officer, or Technical Officer (Animal Health).
  • Plants and their derivative products, including fruit and vegetables, will be inspected on arrival by Officers of the Plant Quarantine Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Information has been updated: .