82 percent reduction in Jamaicans being denied entry into T&T

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 09:30

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith says the number of instances involving Jamaicans being refused entry into Trinidad and Tobago has fallen 82 percent between March 2016 and March 2017.

She told members of the media that only one Jamaican filed a report during the period and that was made in February.

The minister was giving quarterly updates on her portfolio at the ministry’s office in New Kingston.

Jamaica’s relationship with Trinidad and Tobago hit a new low in March last year, with comparatively large numbers of Jamaicans not being landed and complaints of mistreatment by immigration officials as well as undignified treatment of individuals.

Back then, the ministry formally launched the first in a series of flyers on the CSME, including flyers on free movement and offering Jamaicans tips on travelling within Caricom.

Johnson Smith at the time said the flyers could help Jamaicans to understand what they should do while preparing to travel to Port of Spain, who to turn to if they had a problem, and things they should be aware of regarding working and overstaying their time.

SOURCE: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com