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The Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement between Trinidad
and Tobago and the European Union was signed on 28th
May, 2015 by both parties at the Headquarters of the
Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
What is the New Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement?
The new Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement provides for Visa-
free travel for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and citizens of
the European Union when travelling to the territory of the other
contracting party for a specific period. The Agreement is
applied on a provisional basis from the date of signature.
This means that the provisions of the Agreement are now
In which countries will the Visa Waiver apply?
The European Union Member States covered by the visa
o Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Spain and Sweden.
o The EU Member States who do not yet fully apply the
Schengen acquis (those who are not yet part of the
Schengen area without internal borders): Bulgaria,
Croatia, Cyprus and Romania.
The United Kingdom and Ireland do not require entry visas
for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
With regard to the French Republic and the Netherlands, the
visa free travel shall apply only to the European territory
of the Member States. The visa regime between the overseas
territories of these Member States and the countries granted
visa waiver status remains subject to bilateral arrangements
between the countries concerned or to national legislation.
The overseas territories of France are: Guadeloupe,
Martinique (for which no visas are required for citizens
of Trinidad and Tobago as of December 2009), French
Guiana, Reunion, French Polynesia, New Caledonia,
Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna,
Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Clipperton Island and the
French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
The overseas territories of the Netherlands are: Aruba,
Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint Eustatius and Saint Martin.
Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago do not require visas for
short stays (90 days or less within a six month period) for
the overseas territories of the Netherlands.
How long can a Trinidad and Tobago national stay in
the Schengen zone without a visa?
You can stay within the Schengen zone for a maximum of 90
days in any 180-day period. The length of stay given at
border checkpoints will depend on individual circumstances.
The length of authorised stay in the Schengen zone can be
determined by using the calculator and manual which can
be found on the following websites:
For which purposes can I travel without a visa to the
You do not require a visa for the following types of visits:
o Friends or familys;
o Cultural or sport events or exchanges;
o Business meetings;
o Journalistic or media purposes;
o Medical treatments;
o Short-term studies or trainings; and
o Any similar activities.
The provisions of the Agreement do not apply to persons
travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity i.e.:
persons entering for the purpose of carrying out gainful
occupation/remunerated activity in the territory of the other
contracting party as an employee or service provider.
What travel documents are needed for visa-free travel
to the Schengen zone?
A passport issued within the previous 10 years and valid for
at least three (3) months after the intended date of
departure from the Schengen zone.
What additional documents do I need to show to the
Immigration Officer at the port of entry?
You may be asked to show documents proving your
purpose and conditions of stay, for example:
o tickets for further journeys and return tickets;
o reservation of accommodation;
o invitation letter in case of visits, conferences or events;
o school enrolment certificate in case of study; and
o evidence of sufficient means of subsistence for the
period of stay.
If staying with a friend or relative you may be asked to provide
information concerning this person. It is recommended to
have at least the address and contact number.
How much money do I need to travel with to the Schengen
The means of subsistence shall be calculated in accordance
with the duration and purpose of the stay, and takes into
account the reference amounts set by each Schengen
state. This sum is assessed based on a reference to average
prices for board and lodging in budget accommodation in
Member State(s) multiplied by the number of days stayed.
Means of subsistence may be verified based on cash, visitor
cheques and credit cards possessed by the traveller.
Declarations of sponsorships, where such declarations are
provided for by national legislation and letters of
guarantee/invitation from hosts as defined by national
legislation, in case the visitor is staying with a host, also
constitute evidence of sufficient means of subsistence.
Is a travel medical insurance necessary to access
It is recommended that travel medical insurance be
secured as it is necessary to access medical treatment in
the European Union.
Do I need a visa to work in the Schengen zone for less
than 90 days?
Yes. Most of the Member States require a visa and a work
permit for the purpose of work even if it is for less than 90
days. Please contact the Embassy/Consulate of the
Member State where you intend to work to inquire whether
a special type of visa and work permit are needed.
Will I need to apply for a visa and/or study permit if I
plan to travel to the Schengen zone for short-term
studies (above 90 days)?
Yes. You will need to apply for a study permit in cases
where the studies require in excess of 90 days of stay in
the Schengen zone within a period of 180 days. In this
regard it is recommended that one should consult the
Embassy/Consulate of the country in which the studies are
to be pursued.
Once the visa free travel applies, can I travel from one
Schengen country into another country?
Yes. There are no border controls between countries in the
However, border controls are carried out between the
Schengen countries and Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and
Romania (European Union Member States which do not
yet fully apply the Schengen acquis). Controls are also
carried out between Schengen countries and the UK and
Ireland (which do not belong to the Schengen Zone).
Non-European Union citizens are obliged to fulfil all entry
conditions and might be required to demonstrate such at
possible ad-hoc controls in the Schengen zone.
Can I stay beyond 90 days without a residence permit
or long-term visa or work in the Schengen zone without
a work permit?
No. It is illegal for a non-European Union national to stay in
the Schengen zone beyond 90 days without a residence
permit or long-stay visa or to work without a work permit.
This act can result in a re-entry ban to the Schengen zone
and administrative penalties depending on the Member
SHORT STAY VISA WAIVER AGREEMENT
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
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