The Ministry of National Security says he continues to diligently treat with exemption requests from Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are seeking to return to the island. In a statement, the ministry explained that in the next few days, some 30-35 persons are expected to return from Suriname and other jurisdictions.

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

Four of those who recently returned have tested positive for COVID 19. Three of the cases were from Grenada and one from the USA. The National Security Ministry said students who were in India, as well as some persons from the Middle East and UK have also started returning to Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry says it is currently awaiting details on the travel arrangements of those granted exemptions to return from the UK/ Europe and the Middle East. It said these persons should begin arriving in Trinidad and Tobago in the next few days and their numbers will bring the state quarantine facilities up to full capacity.

FLIGHTS OUT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND REPATRIATION OF TT CITIZENS IN THE US.

The Ministry says 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. It says the repatriation flights will be dependent on, among 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 is assuring that the cycle of repatriation and safe quarantine continues, as it works with public health experts to balance the safe return of T&T nationals with the protection of persons in Trinidad and Tobago.