New Online Application System for Travel Exemptions

22 January, 2021, Port of Spain: The Ministry of National Security will be introducing an online application system for travel exemption requests, starting on Monday January 25, 2021. This was announced by Minister of National Security, the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. at a media conference held at the Ministry of National Security’s Head Office on Friday January 22, 2021.

Minister Young provided this update on the exemption process for Trinidad and Tobago nationals who wish to enter this country while the current border restrictions remain in place, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Persons wishing to request an exemption to enter or depart Trinidad and Tobago will now be required to directly access an application form on the Ministry’s website page www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt under the heading “Travel Exemptions”.

Unique features of this application system are:

- The application form will be similar to that used for applying for a visa and will be considered a statutory declaration.

- Each form will have a unique identification number which can be used to track the progress of the application.

- Persons can fill out the form only once (persons must use the form to apply for themselves and their families at the same time).

Persons who previously made applications for exemptions and have not yet received approvals, will be required to re-apply via the new online method.

This new system will allow officials to verify information, review requests and prioritise applicants.

Corporate entities seeking corporate travel exemptions can email corptravelexemption@mns.gov.tt for arrivals, and corpdepartexemption@mns.gov.tt for departures.

The Government’s priority remains getting nationals of Trinidad and Tobago back home. Exemptions and the granting of approvals will continue to depend on the number of persons in the queue and on the quarantine space available.

As of January 21, 2021, 19,941 applications were made to enter Trinidad and Tobago and 11,682 of those had been granted.

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