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Motto: "Together we aspire, together we achieve"
Language: English
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
Airports: Piarco International Airport (POS), Tobago: Crown Point International Airport (TAB)
Known for: Carnival, Steel Pan, Calypso, Roti, Doubles
Official Tourism Website: gotrinidadandtobago.com
Drives on the: Left Side
Calling Code: +1-868

The land of Steel Pan and Calypso

Welcome to the land of Steel Pan and Calypso! Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island nation in the Southern Caribbean, just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela.

Pulsating with a love for life, music and food, Trinidad has a bustling capital, fast-paced life and lots of action. Festivals, parties, nightlife, business, shopping and of course, liming (gathering of friends to hang out or party.)

And if that is not your style, simply escape to the sister island of Tobago. Quiet and laidback, Tobago is a haven where you can bask in the sunshine on the white sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, and watch the sun’s farewell in gorgeous sunsets.

'Trinibagonians' as they are commonly called, are a mixture of descendants from several groups of people, with origins from Africans, East Indians, American Indians, Middle Easterners, Europeans, and Chinese. This rich heritage is reflected in the vibrant culture through their food, festivals, music, customs, traditions, and religion. Mosques, churches and Hindu temples stand peacefully side by side, so do the people, mixing their various cultural influences into a distinct authentic Trini lifestyle.

T&T has a biodiversity unmatched in the Caribbean. The dense rainforest, rivers, oceans, mountains and savannahs, bamboo groves and mangroves which provide a thriving environment where hundreds of species of flora and fauna abound. 450 types of birds, 620 types of butterflies, around 100 types of mammals as well as more than 2500 plant species, of which 700 alone are orchids, flourish here.

The endangered Leatherback Turtle is the world’s largest living reptile, weighing up to 1600 pounds and Trinidad and Tobago is one of the top three nesting sites in the world. These turtles become quite an attraction, on both islands, during March to September when they come to lay their eggs.

Caves!!! Trinidad has several fascinating cave systems that provide a wealth of geological formations including stalactites, flow Stones and fringe curtain.

The La Brea Pitch Lake located on the southwestern coast of Trinidad is the world’s largest commercial deposit of natural asphalt, holding approximately 10 million tons. The asphalt is mined and exported for use in manufacturing and the paving of roads.

Celebrations and festivals take place throughout the year. Trinidad’s popular carnival is second in the world only to Rio’s. The annual event puts the country’s culture on full display with fantastically amazing and colorful costumes, calypso, soca and steel band music. Authentic Trini food, including the famous Roti and Doubles will keep you energized during this period non-stop partying.

But that’s not all... Trinidad and Tobago has a romantic side too. So, if you are dreaming of tying the knot in a barefoot ceremony on a deserted beach or under a dramatically beautiful rainforest canopy or having a traditional Hindu celebration, these islands deliver the perfect backdrop.


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Marriage Requirements for Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago considers marriage to be the union of a man and woman as husband and wife.  There are four kinds of marriages recognized in Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Civil Marriage
  • Hindu Marriage
  • Muslim Marriage
  • Orisa Marriage

Civil, Muslim and Orisa marriages must be performed by a licensed Marriage Officer.  Marriage Officers are ordained ministers of a recognized religious denomination or organization.  Civil marriage is the most common form of marriage in Trinidad and Tobago and can be performed by a Marriage Officer, Warden or the Registrar General.

All Christian marriages performed in a church are considered civil marriages, provided the presiding minister is a licensed Marriage Officer.

Under Civil Marriage law you must be 18 years of age to marry in Trinidad and Tobago, but exemptions may be granted on religious grounds.  The minimum age for Muslim marriages is age 12, and the minimum age for Hindu marriages is age 16.  For further information, please contact the Registrar General.

How do I arrange a civil marriage?
Couples wanting to get married must first give Notice of Marriage in person at a Civil Registry office.  This includes religious marriages.

Foreign visitors and others subject to Immigration Control must contact the Registrar General at (868) 624-1660 prior to the marriage ceremony for authorization.

Before giving Notice of Marriage, you must:

  • Contact the Registrar’s Office to make an appointment to appear in person.
  • Know the venue for your marriage, such as a registrar’s office, church or other location.

What Documents do I bring to the Registrar’s Office
You need to bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • Permission to marry from Immigration Control (for non-Trinbagonian nationals only).
  • Evidence of identity – such as a National ID Card, Driver’s Permit or Passport.
  • Proof of address – such as a utility bill.

At least seven days must have elapsed from the date of giving notice before the marriage can take place.  The notice is valid for one year.

Have you been married before?
If you have been married before, evidence that the marriage has ended will need to be seen (i.e. original decree absolute for divorce or death certificate if your ex-spouse is deceased).

What fees do I need to pay?
The cost for a marriage license is TT $62.50 (US $9.20).  You must also pay an additional TT $25.00 (US $3.70) to obtain a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.  (This is subject to change.)

Advice to foreign nationals
When either or both parties to the marriage are not citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, they should contact the Registrar General’s Office before giving Notice of Marriage.
Note:  Getting married in Trinidad and Tobago or to a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago gives no automatic right to remain or reside in the country.

Getting Married - Where do I get more information?
For more information on Civil Marriages, or for information on Muslim, Hindu or Orisa marriages in Trinidad, please contact:

Registrar General’s Office
Registration House
South Quay, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel. (868) 624-1660

Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

For more information on Civil Marriages, or for information on Muslim, Hindu or Orisa marriages in Tobago, please contact:

Registrar General Division
Central Administrative Services, Tobago (CAST)
Jerningham Street, Scarborough, Tobago
Tel. (868) 639-2652-7
Fax. (868) 639-2505
E-mail: cast1@tstt.net.tt

Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Questions regarding applying for Trinidad and Tobago citizenship should be directed to these offices within the Government of Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Immigration Division
    31-33 Abercromby Street, Ground Floor
    Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Tel: (868) 623-2441-5

Or

  • Immigration Office – Tobago
    Agricola Building
    Wilson Road, Scarborough, Tobago
    Tel: (868) 639-1214 - (868) 639-1523 (868) 635-0372 (868) 635-0430
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