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Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago begin talks on entry concerns

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Talks have begun between the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, following recent cases in which Jamaicans were denied entry to the twin-island republic.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith said steps were being taken to address the issue.

The foreign affairs ministry is reminding Jamaicans that:

- There is a CARICOM Complaints Procedure, which may be used to ensure that nationals who have been denied entry, detained, or mistreated at the ports of entry of other CARICOM countries file a formal complaint with the ministry on return to Jamaica.

- The complaint forms are available on arrival at the airports in Jamaica.

- Once a complaint is received, an investigation is conducted with the relevant authorities in the CARICOM country concerned.

- Jamaican nationals may also make reports directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.