US travel advisory: "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning"

The US Government has updated a travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago, warning, among other things, that terrorists may attack with little or no warning.

It advises visitors to be cautious at all times.

The following is the latest advisory posted on the website of the US Department of State:

"Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk. 

Do not travel to Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime.  

Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common. 

Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common.  A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Trinidad and Tobago:

Use caution when walking or driving at night.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Do not display overt signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
Be extra vigilant when visiting ATMs. 
Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Report for Trinidad and Tobago.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.
Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Port of Spain

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain.  U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas:  Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah.  After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches." 

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