Immigration Services continue at Piarco Airport
March 1, 2021, Port of Spain: The Ministry of National Security confirms that all COVID-19 preventative measures are currently in place, to ensure the continuity of services provided by the Immigration Division at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.
Today, Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Gary Joseph and Ms. Nataki Atiba-Dilchan met with Ag. Chief Immigration Officer, Mr. Derek Craigwell to discuss current Immigration-related issues.
This meeting was convened after a meeting with the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Stuart R. Young, M.P., who expressed concern at the recent developments surrounding the contracting of COVID-19 by certain Immigration Officers and the ensuing consequences.
Matters discussed included the continued provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the health and safety of Immigration Officers stationed at the Airport. Measures are also in place to maintain continuous Immigration services for both incoming and departing passengers. The meeting also affirmed that the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) continues to sanitize all work spaces at the Airport on a regular basis, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of National Security will continue to provide all necessary resources to ensure the well-being of its officers.
The circumstances surrounding the Immigration Officers who have recently tested positive are being looked at. There is preliminary evidence that suggests that the contraction of COVID-19 may not have been directly associated with the official performance of duties by personnel.