From July 17th, borders will be reopened, but only to certain persons.
During a media briefing today, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said all T&T nationals will be allowed entry, however the requirements will vary depending on their vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated nationals i.e. persons who received all vaccine shots at least two weeks prior to entry, must present a negative PCR Test no older than three days before their arrival.
These persons will be allowed to go home.
Unvaccinated children arriving with their fully vaccinated parents will also be allowed to go home.
Unvaccinated nationals must present a negative PCR test no older than three days prior to arrival and must undergo state-supervised quarantine for 14 days.
For the time being, unvaccinated non-nationals will not be allowed entry into T&T.
The Prime Minister also had a warning for those who may try to beat the quarantine system.
THE DELTA VARIANT
Also speaking at the briefing was Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram, who warned of the threat posed by the Delta Variant of COVID-19, which was first identified in India.
According to him, studies show that it is more transmissible and also more serious.
The WHO has put the Delta Variant in 85 countries around the world.
It is also reportedly the dominant strain in the the UK and is quickly becoming the dominant strain in the US.
Yesterday, WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, warned that Delta has proved “extremely contagious in any country it reaches”, and cautioned that it is being transmitted among unvaccinated people, “even in countries with high percentages of immunization”.
See more on that from the WHO: