This newspaper endorses the suggestion by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states introduce a visa regime similar to the Schengen visa of some European Union members.
The system would allow seamless travel by visitors across the Community after clearing immigration/customs at their initial port of entry. Such a system was in place for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but lapsed thereafter.
We support the view that the CTO's aviation task force would likely help to lure more visitors to the Caribbean and enhance their travel experience in the region. It would also facilitate the long-standing idea of jointly promoting the Caribbean/CARICOM as a single destination.
We also propose that CARICOM countries, simultaneously, move to meet their obligations under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to remove restrictions and hassle for CARICOM's citizens. Existing barriers to easy movement of people in the region is a stain on the integration process.
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