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Foreign Minister says Belize has a strong case for Schengen visa waiver for Belizeans

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2023. 9:19 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  The Government continues to work on the possibility of a visa waiver for Belizeans to travel to the Schengen Area which covers most of the European Union (EU).

Presently, Belizeans planning to travel to Europe must travel to Mexico and apply for a Schengen visa.

Belize is seeking the support of the Member States of the EU for Belize to be placed on the list of countries whose nationals do not require a Schengen visa.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eamon Courtenay, has indicated that Belize has a strong case since they have consulted with member states and have received support.

“The new list of countries that would qualify for a visa waiver has not yet been announced. What we are fighting for is to encourage the European Union when they are considering the list to ensure that Belize is on that list. What I would say is, based on all of our preparation, based on all the documents that we have provided to the European Union, we have a very strong case and the European Union has accepted that,” Courtenay said.

Minister Courtenay says that Belize continues to campaign for support and is hoping that the country is announced on its new list.

In addition, Courtenay indicated that Belizeans are also experiencing difficulties in delays for the approval of visas for Belizeans who want to go to Canada.

Courtenay asserted that he has written to Canada’s Immigration Minister and requested a meeting, since he understands that the delay in processing a visa for a Belizean wishing to go to Canada is over 300 days.

 

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