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St Lucia considers introducing visa restrictions for Venezuelan travellers

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 11:55 AM
A boy waves a Venezuelan national flag during an anti-imperialist march to denounce Trump's talk of a 'military option' for resolving the country's political crisis in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. - AP

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):
The St Lucia government says it is considering imposing visa restrictions on Venezuelans visiting the island as a result of the political situation in the South American country where opposition forces are seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.

“I don’t think that we should make it any easier than the logistics already have for Venezuelans to come here,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told a news conference, making reference to the increasing number of Venezuela nationals in prison here.

Chastanet said he has asked the Ministry of Immigration to prepare a document in relation to the visa restrictions for consideration by Cabinet.

“Barring any impediment, we will impose it,” Chastanet said, adding that he remained ‘deeply concerned’ about the security threat to St Lucia and the region from the Venezuela situation.