(CMR) Cuban migrants will soon be unable to pass through Jamaica without a visa as the country has announced it will remove visa-free transit for the neighboring country. Currently, Cubans are allowed to transit through Jamaica for up to three days.
Jamaica's Ministry of National Security said visa-free transit for the Cubans will be discontinued effective March 13.
While an explanation was not given for this recent immigration policy, the Gleaner reported that the Jamaican government was seeking to curb an influx of Cubans who appear to be using Jamaica as a transit point to Central America in an attempt to illegally gain entry into the United States.
“There is concern that a number of them are using that facility to transit to Nicaragua and then on to the United States through the southern border,” Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang told The Gleaner.
He said the government was aware of the challenge and was looking at how to correct the problem.
Meantime, the Biden administration said Tuesday that it would deny asylum to migrants who show up at the US southern border without first seeking protection in a country they passed through.