Getting a travel visa can be difficult for some, especially to places like the United States and Canada. In many cases, most applicants are denied because they are unable to clearly establish “strong ties” with their home country. This might be quite common especially among younger people who are just starting out in life and do not have much to their name.
For many Trinidadians and Tobagonians, it’s not the end of the road when it comes to exploring the globe as there are over 100 countries that allow entry without the need for a visa, and there are quite a few options to get around transiting through the United States or Canada. For instance, with access to the United Kingdom and all European countries in the Schengen Area, you can then travel further east as need be.
If you’re traveling to South America or other Caribbean destinations, you can either transit through Panama which offers great connectivity, or take a regional carrier with connections within the islands. With that said, the following is a list of all countries that allow entry without a visa. We will also cover options like visas on arrival, online visa entry (very easy to get) and travel authorizations.
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For the sake of separation and clarity, the following countries allow you entry, but you are required apply for a visa on arrival at the airport. It can either be in the form of a small stamp or may even take up an entire passport page. On a good day, the application time takes just 10 minutes and denial is very rare. With that said, here are countries you will need a visa on arrival.
An electronic travel authorization bears some similarities to a visa, but it is NOT a visa. It allows certain citizens under the country’s specific waiver list access to their country via an authorization. Travel authorizations are easier to get than visas, and require just filling out some information and paying a fee. For now, Sri Lanka is the only country that citizens and residents of Trinidad and Tobago need an electronic travel authorization for. However this is set to change in November 2023 as European countries in the Schengen area will soon require similar under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).
ETIAS seems relatively easy to get, but it’s just something to keep in mind when planning future trips to most parts of Europe.
Visas could be challenging to obtain, but electronic visas (referred to as eVisas) tend to have much higher approval rates. The applicant just has to fill out an online form with their information and pay the respective fees. Travelers applying should have a valid passport and be able to meet the requirements set out in the visa application process. There are more background checks with eVisas, and while it may not be a pain like applying for a physical visa, there are still chances that you could be denied. With that said, here are the countries citizens and nationals of Trinidad and Tobago need an electronic visa to enter.
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