Fewer Jamaicans being denied entry into T&T, says Jamaican Foreign Minister

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, says that the number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago continues to decline.

Speaking at a news briefing in New Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, Johnson Smith said that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry into T&T in 2017, a reduction from the 416 persons in 2016.

“According to the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), 63 Jamaican nationals were denied entry (to Trinidad) in the first quarter of 2018, and while we can’t predict what will happen by the end of the year, certainly, if this trend continues, then the reduction continues,” she said.

Minister Smith added that training seminars conducted with immigration officers in T&T, have also helped to reduce the number of complaints from Jamaicans about their treatment.

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) facilitates hassle-free travel for all CARICOM nationals.

The CSME is built on five core regimes: free movement of capital, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, the provision of services, and the right of establishment.

Senator Johnson Smith noted that a protocol to treat with community nationals being denied entry at the borders is being finalised.

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