Getting There

Monarch Airways fly to Tobago on Wednesdays only, departing from London Gatwick. Fares start from £300 off peak, escalating to £700 peak season (tickets available through tour operator Golden Caribbean tel: 0870 777 6911).

British Airways fly to Tobago twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, departing from London Gatwick. They do stop off at another Caribbean Island both ways, though. Tickets available from the British Airways website or contact 0844 493 0787.

Virgin Atlantic offers direct flights (nonstop) to Tobago from London Gatwick, on Thursdays only, starting from around £500 return. Tickets available from the Virgin Atlantic website or contact 0844 874 7747.

BWIA has daily flights from London Heathrow to Piarco, Trinidad. Transfers to Tobago on frequent daily BWIA flights can be arranged, and are included in the fare to the smaller isle.

Citizens from the UK, Ireland, Canada and most EU countries do not require a visa for stays of less than three months, and US citizens may stay for up to two months without a visa. Nationals of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all require visas before entering the country.

When leaving T&T, you'll be required to pay a TT$100 (US$17) departure tax in local currency. You must fill in a departure form before you can check in – you can pick one up from the check-in desk.