Seven Weird Laws In Trinidad & Tobago

1. It is illegal to own a pet mongoose.

Aww they look so cute and cuddly don’t they? Ever wanted to own a mongoose as a pet? Well just so you know…it’s illegal to own mongooses in Trinidad & Tobago. According to the Mongoose Act (yes that’s right..they have a MONGOOSE Act): (1) No person shall keep or have in his possession any live mongoose. (2) Any person who contravenes this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars.” And you can’t import the cute critters either.

2. Don’t air your dirty laundry.

We’re not talking about your personal secrets – we’re talking about ACTUAL laundry. In Trinidad and Tobago persons cannot put clothes out to dry in the street. If caught it could be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

3. Flying kites in Port of Spain (or any borough) is prohibited :

Did you know flying kites in the city of Port of Spain and any borough in Trinidad and Tobago is actually prohibited? According to section 71 of the Summary Offences Act: is liable to a fine of forty dollars. Police officers can even destroy a kite that a person flies illegally.

4. Don’t roll that hoop!

Hoop rolling, also called hoop trundling, is both a sport and a child’s game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an object wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoop upright for long periods of time, or to do various tricks this simple childhood game is actually illegal to play in the street.

5. Fortune Telling

Reading palms and looking through crystal balls to tell people’s futures? – Well you’re actually breaking the law in T&T. Yep, that’s right; pretending or professing to tell fortunes is actually illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. A person committing any of the offences mentioned below in this section may be deemed an idle and disorderly person, and shall be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars, or to imprisonment for one month any person pretending or professing to tell fortunes.

6. Washing your car in public

Time to wash your car? Just make sure to wash it in your yard and not in a public street. Why? Because washing it in the street can actually get you in trouble with the law. anyone who “makes, repairs, washes, or cleans any vehicle (except in case of accident where repair on the spot is necessary)” in any street is liable to a fine of $200 or imprisonment for up to one month.

7. Camo is a NO NO.

The majority of us know that camouflage clothing is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago but did you know that this law is pretty unique to the Caribbean and most countries around the world do not ban the wearing of camouflage by non-members of the army? In Trinidad and Tobago it is illegal to wear any item of clothing resembling the uniform of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for eighteen months.”

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