July 21, 2020

Government Prepares For Return Of 30-35 Nationals From Suriname

By Newsroom

Official Statement from the Ministry of National Security: 

The Ministry of National Security continues to diligently treat with exemption requests from Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are seeking to return home.

Over the past week, two large groups of nationals returned from Grenada and Canada; very few of those who recently returned went into, and paid for, state-supervised quarantine. The majority of those returning are in state quarantine facilities.

We have had four persons who recently returned test positive for COVID 19. Three of these cases were from Grenada and one from the USA.

A small number of serious medical cases have also returned.

In the next few days, some 30-35 persons are expected to return from Suriname and other jurisdictions.

Students who were in India, as well as some persons from the Middle East and UK have also started returning. The Ministry of National Security is currently awaiting details on the travel arrangements of those granted exemptions to return from the UK/ Europe and the Middle East. These persons should begin arriving in Trinidad and Tobago in the next few days and their numbers will bring our state quarantine facilities up to full capacity.

The Government is currently working out the details and timing of flights to take Trinidad and Tobago students to the United States, as well as to begin the repatriation of our nationals in the US. Repatriation flights will be dependent on, amongst other things, the number of spaces available at the time in state quarantine facilities, as well as the number of persons who will pay for state-supervised quarantine.

The Ministry of National Security assures that the cycle of repatriation and safe quarantine continues, as we work with our public health experts to balance the safe return of our nationals with the protection of persons in Trinidad and Tobago.