Moving to Trinidad and Tobago

Country Guide

Country Guide: Trinidad and Tobago

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: November 18, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Copy of work permit, if applicable
  • Detailed inventory
  • Affidavit of returning resident (returning residents)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs forms (diplomats)
  • Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
  • Importer Registration (N number)
  • Valued listing of new items (less than 1 year old)

Specific Information

  • An import license is required for appliances that contain refrigerant gas (e.g., refrigerator, etc.).
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Certified copy of title / registration
  • Import license
  • Copy of OBL

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must apply for the import license prior to clearance of the vehicle.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be obtained from a veterinarian at origin.
  • The import permit must be obtained upon entry.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Weapons, including firearms, swords, etc. (require permission from the Police Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago)
  • New items less than 12 months old
  • Alcohol (1 q.)
  • Cigarettes – persons over 17 years or older (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (1/2 lb.)
  • Building materials (e.g., tiles)
Prohibited Items
  • Narcotics
  • Communications equipment such as CB radios, walkie-talkies, etc.
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Trinidad and Tobago

Wikipedia Entry for Trinidad and Tobago