Australia in the Caribbean
Welcome to the official website of the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Australian High Commission is accredited to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.
The High Commission is also responsible for providing consular assistance in Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, St Barthélemy, St Eustatius, St Maarten, St Martin, and Turks and Caicos.
John Pilbeam has served as Australia’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago since 2016. You can read his biography here. In addition to being accredited to the countries listed above, the High Commissioner is also Australia’s Plenipotentiary Representative to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
You can read about Australia’s relations with countries of the Caribbean and CARICOM here.
Visit our page Australia in the Caribbean today!
ATTENTION: 2019 Australian Federal Election
The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.
To enroll, check or update your enrolment details visit www.aec.gov.au. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).
Early voting will begin on Monday 13 May 2019 . Alternatively, you can apply for a postal vote online now at www.aec.gov.au.
If you are overseas and unable to vote, complete an overseas notification form and return it to the AEC. Being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.
Information in other languages can be found at www.aec.gov.au/translated.
24-hour Consular Support
Need emergency consular assistance? Please call any time, any day:
- +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
- 1300 555 135 from within Australia
You can also call the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (local time) on +1 868 822 5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about we can and cannot do, please refer to the Consular Services Charter.
Have you lost your Australian passport or had it stolen in the Caribbean? If so:
- Report the loss or theft online
- Contact the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain during local business hours
- Call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 from within Australia
- Seek more information on the Australian Passports Office website
Need to apply for or renew your Australian passport? If so:
- Visit the Australian Passports Office website
- Contact the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain to book an appointment to lodge your passport application
Some jurisdictions will not allow entry on passports that are due to expire within six months.
Recent legislation has made it mandatory that all applicants present for an interview at their nearest/most convenient consulate or embassy. Australian citizens wishing to apply for or renew their Australian passports can now do so at three of our accredited Australian Honorary Consulates in Barbados, Jamaica and The Bahamas, in addition to the Australian High Commission in Port of Spain.
Please note Frequent Traveller Passport (FTP) applications are no longer accepted in Australia or overseas (as of 1 December 2017). The overall demand for FTPs has decreased as more countries are issuing electronic visas. You can discuss the options for a replacement passports with the Australian High Commission.
ATTENTION: Update on Australian Passport Photos
The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain is able to provide a limited range of notarial services. These services are for Australian citizens, non-Australian citizens who hold a current Permanent Resident visa, and for other nationalities so long as the documents are for use in Australia.
If you have any queries or would like to make a booking, please contact the Australian High Commission.
Consular fees are payable for these services and for some services, there may be free alternatives available such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers. From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Need information on visiting or living in the Caribbean? Read and subscribe to the Australian Government’s travel advice for:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not produce travel advisories for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and Suriname, or any of the non-independent territories of the region at this time.
Read Travel Smart for useful information to help you prepare for your trip, and advice on what you should do if you run into problems overseas.
WARNING: Jobs/Phishing Scam Alert
The Australian Government advises all persons interested in visiting, working or living in Australia to please be aware of a number of Job Scams that may be related to Phishing Scams.
Social media sites and the wider Internet present many opportunities to earn extra money; many of which are not legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Always ensure that any potential employers and requests are legitimate and be wary of the following:
- any job where you are asked to accept and transfer money from one bank account to another
- being asked for your bank account number or for the bank account number of another person so that someone’s salary or money owing to them can be credited to the account
- instructions to forward funds to persons abroad
- visa application through third parties/agents and invitations to live in Australia
WARNING: Cruise Ship Employment Scam Alert
The Australian Government is aware that clients in the Caribbean have been targeted by unsolicited e-mails fraudulently offering employment from Australian cruise ship companies. Victims of this scam are defrauded of fees supposedly for visas or fictitious "foreign worker certificates". It appears the fraudulent e-mails originate from other countries, not Australia.
The Australian High Commission is unable to verify employment offers from Australian companies. Job-seekers are, however, strongly advised to verify all job offers using publicly available contact details for the relevant companies.