Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago

Travel and Study involving Trinidad and Tobago and the EU

10/05/2016 - 15:18
Travel to the EU

Useful information on travelling to the European Union (EU) from Trinidad and Tobago, such as visas, travel restrictions and embassies, and for studying there.

Information for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago:

Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago no longer require a Schengen visa for short stays not exceeding three months (90 days), whithin a six month period (as of May 28, 2015).

Trinidad and Tobago citizens can travel to the EU as many times as they wish within six months, as long as the total number of days of all their visits does not exceed ninety days in the same period.

For important information about the visa waiver, please see the visa waiver FAQs.

Information for citizens of other countries legally residing in Trinidad and Tobago:

Citizens of other countries who legally reside in Trinidad and Tobago and whose country of citizenship does not benefit from the European Union's Visa Waiver Scheme must acquire a Schengen Visa.  Please read on below for information on how to acquire a Schengen Visa.

NEW VISA RULES: Please read the important information in the link, which supplements the information below: PDF icon new_eu_visa_rules_questions_and_answers.pdf

The Schengen Visa holder can travel to any of the 26 countries using one single visa, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and three non-EU member states: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

In order for applicants to know in which European Embassy they need to apply for a Schengen visa, they need to determine the main destination of their journey. The main destination is determined by the purpose of the applicants visit:

For example:

  • If the applicant intends to travel for holidays to a number of Schengen countries for equal amount of days, the main destination is the country of point of entry;
  • If the applicant intends to travel for holidays to a number of Schengen countries but stay in one country longer than the other, the main destination is the country in which the applicant stays the longest period of time;
  • If the applicant intends to visit a Schengen country for a particular purpose (e.g. sports, culture) then the main destination is the country in which the purpose is to be fulfilled independent of whether other countries are visited first or for a longer period of time.

Applicants may apply for a Schengen visa at the following European Embassies in Port of Spain:

  • If the main destination is Estonia, Germany, Italy or Portugal: please apply at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany;
  • If the main destination is Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland or Sweden: please apply at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • If the main destination is France or Spain: please apply at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain;

Travellers to Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland need to consult with the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs of these countries in order to obtain further information.

The EU member states that are not in the Schengen area, or are yet to implement the Schengen Regulation are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.

Short stay visitors to Ireland should check with the relevant authorities of that country to determine whether or not they need a visa.

Travellers who wish to travel to Cyprus and are holders of a valid Schengen Visa (type C, single, double or multiple entries) and who have already entered Schengen territory according to the stipulations governing the issuance of the Schengen Visa they hold, can travel to Cyprus without acquiring a Cypriot Visa. They can stay in the Republic of Cyprus for the duration of a period equal to the remainder of the period of legal stay as stated on their Schengen Visa and at the latest until the expiration date of their visa.

Travellers to Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania are advised to contact the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs for information on how to obtain a short stay visa. 

Additional information regarding Schengen visa requirements

Information for citizens of other countries who legally reside in Trinidad and Tobago:

Applicants applying for a Schengen visa are required to comply with the EU Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is a system for the exchange of data on short-stay visas between Schengen States and it is being progressively deployed, region by region, until all Schengen States' consulates worldwide are connected.

It is a simple and discreet procedure that is carried out directly at the Embassy and only takes a few minutes. Visa applicants who are non-nationals and resident in Trinidad and Tobago will have to provide their biometric data (a digital photograph and 10 fingerprint scans).  Such biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to refusal of visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter.

Visa applicants will only have to provide such biometric data every 5 years. During this 5-year period, the fingerprints will be copied from the first visa application, so that frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period.

Exemptions from the obligation of fingerprinting are provided for the following categories of applicants only:

  • Children under 12,
  • Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
  • Heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

For more information please click on the visa policy link below.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain

Embassy of the Republic of France

Citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago who plan to travel to the Republic of Ireland for six (6) months or less do not need a Short-Stay Visa.


Important: Disclaimer
This list of links is provided for reader's convenience only.
The material linked to, unless on a European Union's website, is not under the control of the services of the European Union.

Therefore, this list does not serve as an endorsement or warranty by the Commission services of :

  • any organisation or individual either maintaining or providing content for any of the sites listed,
  • any services advertised through the medium of such sites,
  • the contents of such sites or the opinions expressed in them.

The Erasmus+ Scholarship Programme

Erasmus+ is an EU programme that includes education, training, youth and sport within Europe and internationally. With an overall budget of €14.7 billion for the period 2014-2020, the programme offers opportunities for more than 4 million students, staff members and other people around the world to journey outside their home countries (mobility scholarships).

A substantial amount of the funding (€1.68 billion) will be assigned for activities with countries outside the EU, particularly in the field of higher education. Here, Erasmus+ aims to improve the quality of higher education, develop dialogue and boost the capacity of institutions in Partner countries to cooperate internationally.

Erasmus in Trinidad and Tobago

Since 2005 Trinidad and Tobago has been actively involved in Erasmus+ and its predecessor programmes. These projects have had a positive impact on higher education institutions such as the University of the West Indies (UWI), especially with regards to developing institutional partnerships and raising their international profiles.

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education

In 2016 Trinidad and Tobago increased its involvement in Erasmus+.  The UWI submitted and  won its first proposal to coordinate a Capacity Building project in higher education. In total, Erasmus+ received a total of 736 proposals for Erasmus+ capacity building action, a 43 % increase compared to the previous year. This increase is partly because the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region is taking part for the first time in 2016, and with 53 applications this year, it is proving very popular.

Individuals and  organizations can access  more information about the E+ programme 2014-2020, from the Resources section  of the Erasmus+ web portal.

View the latest report on Erasmus in the Caribbean:

PDF icon caribbean_erasmusplus_2020.pdf

Consular protection

EU citizens' rights to consular assistance outside the EU, how to get assistance and EU rules on consular protection.

As an EU citizen, you are entitled to seek help from the embassy or consulate of any other EU country if you find yourselves in a situation where you need advice or assistance outside the EU, with no embassy or consulate from your own country to help you (you are "unrepresented").

Unrepresented EU citizens are entitled to receive consular protection under the same conditions as the nationals of that country. This is a right set out in Articles 20(2)c and 23 of the EU Treaty and Article 46 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The EU is working to further improve consular protection for EU citizens.

For more information, visit the website on consular protection for EU citizens abroad.

The following information is provided  by EU Member States for EU citizens visiting Trinidad and Tobago.

EU citizens who find themselves in a critical emergency situation in Trinidad and Tobago may contact the following Embassies of the European Union in Port of Spain:

  • the Embassy of the Republic of France may be contacted by French citizens;
  • the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany may be contacted by German, Italian, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Austrian, Polish and Hungarian citizens;
  • the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands may be contacted by Netherlands, Belgian, Luxembourgish, Danish, Swedish and Finish citizens;
  • the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain may be contacted by Spanish, Cypriot, Slovenian, Greek and Portuguese citizens;
  • Until 31st December 2020, the British High Commission of the United Kingdom may be contacted by Irish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Maltese, Romanian, Czech and Croatian citizens.

A list of Honorary Consuls in Trinidad & Tobago can be found at:

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