Trinidad and Tobago's borders will reopen on July 17. However, there will be entry requirements.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Saturday.

He said three categories of people are being looked at.

These include:

Category 1 - fully vaccinated citizens or legal residents of T&T
Category 2 - unvaccinated citizens or legal residents of T&T
Category 3 - other persons unvaccinated

The prime minister outlined the details about the three categories of people.

He disclosed that non-nationals who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to enter the country at this time.

However, citizens who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter having shown proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours or less before arrival.

These citizens will not be required to quarantine.

Children with vaccinated parents will also be allowed to go home.

A fully vaccinated person is defined as someone who has received the required number of doses of a WHO-approved vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the final dose has been administered.

A citizen who is not vaccinated, however, must go into state-supervised quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

These individuals must also show a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.

Dr Rowley added that a digitalised system in the form of an app will be used to allow people to submit their personal information.

Furthermore, he said Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi will work on legislation that will stipulate adequate punishment for individuals attempting to flout the system.

He said: "Any person that (enters) this country and decides to play fass and loose with our quarantine system and our entry requirements will face the full brunt of the law."

T&T's borders have been closed since March 22, 2020.