Trinidad and Tobago passport

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Trinidad and Tobago passport
Passport cover of Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.jpg
Cover of a Trinidadian machine-readable passport
Trinidad&Tobagopassportpage.jpg
Identification page of passport (2011)
Date first issued January 2007 (Machine-readable passport)
Issued by  Trinidad and Tobago
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Trinidad and Tobago citizenship
Expiration 5 years for all passports[1]

Trinidad and Tobago passports are issued to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago for international travel; allowing the passport bearer to travel to foreign countries in accordance to stipulated visa requirements. All Trinidad and Tobago passports are issued through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are valid for a period of five (5) years. The passport is a Caricom passport as Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Caribbean Community.

In 2007, a new machine-readable passport was launched by the government of Trinidad and Tobago to replace the existing passport. The new passport features the Caribbean Community logo along with many changes to the images adorned on it.

Pre-2007 passport
Colonial times British passport

According to the The Henley Visa Restrictions Index-Global Ranking 2013 which was compiled by Henley & Partners, the Trinidad and Tobago passport was ranked no.39 (globally) in travel freedom and visa-free access. Trinidad and Tobago was placed after Barbados and Bahamas (both no. 22), St.Kitts and Nevis (no.24) and Antigua & Barbuda (no.25) in the English speaking Caribbean. The Trinidad and Tobago passport also ranks 4th among CARICOM passport holders that enjoy travel freedom and visa-free access.[2]

One can apply for a Trinidad and Tobago passport if you are a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago by either: [1]

  • Birth, and you did not relinquish your citizenship prior to July 29, 1988.
  • Registration or Naturalisation (through approval of the Minister of National Security).
  • Descent (you were born to a parent who was a Trinidad and Tobago citizen at the time of your birth).
  • Adoption (you were adopted by a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago in Trinidad and Tobago).

Contents of Trinidad and Tobago passport[edit]

Front page[edit]

Personal Data Page of a Trinidadian passport

The front page of the Trinidad and Tobago passport contains the following information: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

PASSPORT Model number (e.g. 2007B)

Passport number

The following printed material: This passport is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue, unless a shorter period is specified.

This passport is the property of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Alteration, addition or mutilation of entries is prohibited. Any unofficial change will render the passport invalid.

Last page[edit]

On the last page of the Trinidad and Tobago passport, the following statement is printed:

REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago hereby requests all those whom it may concern to permit the citizen of Trinidad and Tobago named herein to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the said citizen such lawful assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Visa requirements[edit]

Visa requirements for Trinidad and Tobago citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the Trinidad and Tobago. In 2013, Trinidad and Tobago citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 100 countries and territories, ranking the Trinidad and Tobago passport 39th in the world.[3]

Oath of Citizenship[edit]

Persons who obtained Trinidad and Tobago citizenship through naturalization and are eligible in obtaining a Trinidad and Tobago passport must take the Oath of Allegiance.

The Oath of Citizenship or officially Oath of Allegiance, is a statement recited by individuals wishing to become citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Individuals who wish to become a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago do so through the Ministry of National Security's Citizenship and Immigration Section. The Oath of Allegiance is a mandatory step to becoming a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.[4]

The Oath is preceded by an interview with a Chief Immigration Officer who determines whether an individual qualifies for Trinidad and Tobago citizenship. Following the Oath, an individual receives his or her Certificate of Citizenship confirming Trinidad and Tobago citizenship.[5]

The Oath of Allegiance is different from that of the National Pledge, which is recited by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago as an expression of loyalty to the Republic.[6]

The Oath of Allegiance is a legally binding contract intended to complete the process of obtaining Trinidadian citizenship. It also outlines the responsibilities of being a Trinidad and Tobago citizen as expressed by the laws of the nation. Its current form is as follows:

"I, A.B., do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Trinidad and Tobago and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Trinidad and Tobago and fulfil my duties as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

So help me God" [7]

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