(CMR) Belize has imposed strict immigration requirements for Haiti and Jamaica following an increase in the number of visitors using Belize as a transit country to reach the United States.
Jamaicans must now provide evidence of fully paid, non-refundable hotel reservations before boarding flights to Belize, while Haitians will need to have a visa to visit Belize.
On Friday, the Belize Government announced that following a “thorough discussion” on the increasing number of visitors who are using Belize as a transit country to reach the United States, Cabinet has determined that Belize will invoke Article 226 (a) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which governs the 15-member regional integration movement of which both Jamaica and Haiti belong.
The John Briceno administration said, “In addition, a ministerial task force was set up to address the rampant smuggling. The ministerial subcommittee will be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration and will include the Minister of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries and the Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations.”
Both Haiti and Jamaica are signatories to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which facilitates the right to establish businesses, provide regional services, free movement of capital, and coordinate economic policies.