Trinidad & Tobago: Visa query, or "Do all carriers go by TIMATIC?"

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  1. wingspan
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    I have a question - or rather, a couple of questions.

    I plan to travel to Trinidad & Tobago in October for a couple of days as a tourist. I am an Australian citizen. There is no embassy/consulate/mission to Australia (or, indeed, any nearby jurisdictions), although the Australian High Commission to Trinidad & Tobago says


    Indeed, a call to TT immigration left me feeling confident at being able to purchase a visa waiver on arrival without concern.

    Further, TIMATIC seems to have no issue with an Australian citizen being able to enter TT through buying the visa waiver on arrival.

    But, just to check, I called American Airlines to ensure they would uplift me to TT. The agent I spoke to seemed to indicate that I would need a visa. I explained the situation to her but she was more concerned about my ESTA and didn't really leave me with any confidence. I asked if AA use TIMATIC when I check-in to verify visa and immi issues but she wasn't able to tell me.

    So... I was wondering

    1. Do AA use TIMATIC at check-in? If so then I won't have an issue. Indeed - do all carries use TIMATIC. Someone once suggested to me that this was the case but I just want to verify.

    2. Have others who require a visa or visa-waiver on arrival had any issues flying from the USA to TT?

    Thank you :D
     
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    I tried calling AA again - thinking that a different agent may be able to help me. They informed me that they do use TIMATIC at check-in for such details. So I imagine I will be ok. :D
     
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    I usually bring a print out with me to avoid unneccessary problems (e.g. if check in agent refuses to check timatic, gate agent denies boarding based on what they "know" to be the requirement). Over the years this has saved me from being denied boarding many times.
     
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    You should not really expect the Res Agents to be that familiar with TIMATIC and other check-in related matters/processes that are within the 'domain' of the Airport Agents :):

    [KVS Availability Tool 7.0.2/Diamond - TIMATIC: Country Information: Visa]
    Code:
    [Visa Information] Trinidad and Tobago (TT)
    
    Visa required.
    
     Visa Issuance:
    - Nationals of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa can
      obtain a "Waiver of the Visa" on arrival. Fee: TTD 400.-.
    - Nationals of Japan can obtain a  Waiver of the Visa  on
      arrival. Fee: TTD 400.-. Those entering Trinidad and Tobago
      for the first time are recommended to hold a copy of a
      pre-arranged approval from immigration.
    - Holders of a copy of a pre-arranged approval from
      immigration can obtain a  Waiver of the Visa  on arrival.
      Fee: TTD 400.-.
     - Not applicable to nationals of Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
       Macedonia (FYROM) and Vietnam. 
     - Not applicable to holders of normal, consular, service or
       special passports issued to nationals of China (People's
       Rep.).
     - Not applicable to holders of normal passports issued to
       nationals of Haiti..
    
     Visa Exemptions:
    - Nationals of Trinidad & Tobago.
    - Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas,
      Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brunei,
      Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic,
      Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada,
      Guyana, Ireland (Rep. of), Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati,
      Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta,
      Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal,
      Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Isl.,
      Spain, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the
      Grenadines, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Tuvalu,
      Vanuatu, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. 
    - Holders of British passports (irrespective of endorsement in
      passport regarding their national status). 
    - Holders of Hong Kong (SAR China) passports .
    - Nationals of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep.,
      Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, India,
      Israel, Korea Rep., Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru,
      Russian Fed., Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela
      for a stay of max. 90 days. 
    - A stay of max. 90 days, nationals of Argentina, Chile, Cuba,
      Mexico and Panama holding normal passports. 
    - A max. stay of 30 days for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and
      Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Estonia,
      Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania,
      Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    - Nationals of Panama holding consular, diplomatic or official
      passports;
    - Holders of diplomatic or official passports issued to
      nationals of Argentina, Chile, China (People's Rep.) and
      Cuba ;
    - A max. stay of 90 days, nationals of Mexico holding
      diplomatic or official passports; 
    - Holders of an OAS [[TIRGL/OAS]] Official Travel Document.
    - Permanent and temporary staff of the Inter American
      Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), provided
      holding evidence of employment.
    - Holders of a Re-entry Permit issued by Trinidad & Tobago. 
    - Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports issued
      to nationals of Haiti;
    
     TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
    - Holders of onward tickets for a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] 
      time of 48 hours.
     - not applicable to nationals of Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
       Macedonia (FYROM) and Vietnam;
     - not applicable to nationals of China (People's Rep.)
       holding normal passports;
    - TWOV [[TIRULES/R32]] is not applicable to stateless persons
      and refugees.
    
     Merchant Seamen:
    - Merchant Seamen of Chinese Taipei holding passport together
      with a Seamen Book. If only holding a passport, a Document
      of Identity bearing a visa is required.
    - Merchant Seamen arriving by air in order to board a ship, or
      if arriving by ship in order to board an aircraft must
      travel on duty and hold a Letter of Guarantee from the
      shipping company, and be met on arrival by the shipping
      agent.
    - Visa is not required, irrespective of nationality.
    
     Crew Members:
    - Visa not required for operating crew, irrespective of
      nationality.
    
     Military:
    - Same regulations as for passengers apply.
    
     Additional Information:
    - Visitors are required to hold documents for their next
      destination.
     - all stateless persons must - in addition - hold a Re-entry
       Visa or Permit valid for 12 months for return to their
       country of residence.
    - Extension of stay possible, for nationals of Argentina,
      Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Israel, Korea
      (Republic), Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland,
      Uruguay or Venezuela.
    
     Warning:
    - Visitors not holding return/onward ticket could be refused
      entry.
    
    CHECK [[TINEWS/N1]] - EUROPEAN UNION: NAMED CHILDREN IN
    PARENTS' PASSPORT OR TRAVEL DOCUMENT
    
    06 Jul 2012 / 21:02 [UTC]
    
     
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    Excellent! Thank you :)

    That's a great piece of advice. All too often these days I rely on computer systems having everything I need being readily available wherever I am - but this is one instance where I'll definitely feel safer having a print out on hand just in case! :)

    Thanks KVS Tool! I'm glad that this thread has put my mind at ease! :)
     
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