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Jamaica pursuing EU visa-free privileges for citizens

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 9:24 AM

Jamaica says it will be pursuing the European Union (EU) visa-free travel mechanism that five CARICOM countries recently signed on to.

However, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator A.J. Nicholson, who made the disclosure in the Senate last week, has not indicated a timeline.

He was responding to questions from Opposition Senator, Marlene Malahoo-Forte, who sought answers on whether Jamaica queried the issue at a summit involving the EU and CARICOM states earlier this month.

Senator Nicholson said the issue could not be raised at the time because the summit was not the appropriate forum. 

 

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator AJ Nicholson

On May 28, the EU signed short-stay visa waiver agreements with St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel to 26 EU countries.

Citizens of the EU will also be able to visit the CARICOM territories visa-free.

Travelers can stay for a period of 90 days in any 180-day period.