The official language is English.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s official currency is, cleverly named, the Trinidad and Tobago. It is commonly referred to as the TT dollar. You can use international credit cards at most ATMs and most establishments will accept traveler’s checks, US dollars and credit cards. You can change money at exchange bureaus or banks.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s international country code is 1 868. To call another country from the islands, dial 011 followed by the appropriate country code. The islands’ central areas have several Internet cafes.

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It’s customary to tip 10 percent, but most hotels and restaurants already add a service charge to the bill.

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Most visitors don’t have any problems while visiting the islands, but there has been a rise in crime against tourists lately. Be especially careful at night in downtown Port of Spain or when traveling from the airport.

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It’s a good idea to get vaccinated against hepatitis A before traveling to the islands. If you’re planning on visiting rural areas, vaccinations for yellow fever and typhoid are also recommended. Protect yourself against insects, which carry a risk of dengue fever. Medical facilities are spotty and often require proof of payment before treatment, even in emergencies. Make sure you have medical insurance that includes provisions for evacuation.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s electrical current is 110/220 volts, 60Hz and uses two-pinned, flat blade plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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