Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2023. 3:14 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: At cabinet’s regular session on March 28, 2023, cabinet agreed to immediately impose a visa requirement for Haitians wishing to visit Belize.
The Government of Belize noted that after a thorough discussion on the increasing number of visitors who are using Belize as a transit country to reach the United States, Cabinet determined that Belize will invoke Article 226 (a) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.
In addition to requiring visas from Haitians, Belize will require Jamaican nationals to provide evidence of fully paid non-refundable hotel reservations prior to boarding flights to Belize.
A ministerial task force was set up to address the rampant smuggling occurring in this regard.
The ministerial subcommittee will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration and will include the Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries and the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations.
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