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Changing 100TT Bills at the Central Bank.
This information is from a recent experience by a cruiser
Before you go:
Make copies of any/all information that can help prove you were out of Trinidad when the initial exchange period was open. That would/could include:
1. A copy of your passport stamps showing when you left and when you returned (if possible) along with a copy of the picture/information page. Take your passport with you for identification.
2. A copy of your boat registration.
3. A copy of the marina letter (boat sign-over letter) showing the date you left Trinidad.
4. Any airline information that shows your flight dates leaving and entering Trinidad. This information can probably be found in your email inbox.
This information is not shown on any form, but that is what we used (Elizabeth (from Pelican) and I) and we had no issues. I suggest being over-prepared to avoid any problems - more is better in this case. There is a store that will make copies near the bank, but it can be a little tricky to find, so I suggest getting copies at your marina or some other place prior to making the trip. That avoids losing your place in line to get copies made.
At the Bank:
You'll be given a one page form to fill out (one side is for individuals and the other is for businesses) and it is fairly easy to complete. I suggest taking a pen and something firm to write on. A passport works in a pinch!
Once you enter the bank you'll go through a metal detector along with having any bags scanned. I forgot that I had a knife in my pocket and the security people did take that from me while in the bank and it was returned upon departure. So plan accordingly to avoid any hassles.
You'll meet with a person that will review your documentation. Tell that person that you live on a boat and that you were out of Trinidad during that original time to turn in these bills. Explain your documentation if needed. I also suggest you tell that person you plan to immediately leave Trinidad on your boat. That should allow you to get the bills exchanged at that time.
You'll then be escorted up to the second floor to a line for the teller that will exchange the bills. After that you're done!
Jesse is still working on resolving the issue of cruisers returning after 31 March.
As a continuing service to help make the passages to/from the islands to the north safer, YSATT and Jesse Jame have instituted a Convoy program. Details can be found in the News Release on Jesse's site and also on the YSATT site.
The website is being constantly updated. The most Recent updates are:
The first question most cruisers ask is, why travel all the way to Trinidad and Tobago?
Several reasons come to mind. Many will need to get work done on their boats and are attracted by Trinidad's reputation for excellent work or low prices. Others will seek to keep their boat in a safe place during the Caribbean hurricane season. Many of these people leave their boats and return to North America or Europe for the summer. Other cruisers travel to Trinidad or Tobago just to experience the islands and its people. It is a shame that more don't as there is much to see and do.
Often cruisers are so focused on getting their work done that they seldom venture beyond Chaguaramas. We will attempt to explore some of the things that can be found beyond the limits of the marinas in Chaguaramas or on the island of Tobago, as well as where to find the services and facilities needed.
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