Guyanas’ government removes Haiti from free-visa list

The government of Guyana has suspended visa-free facility from Haitians to Guyana. The President of Guyana - Dr Irfaan Ali, signed the official order on June 22 2021. This decision was taken by the Guyana government after the allegations of human trafficking.

Guyana: The government of Guyana has suspended visa-free facility from Haitians to Guyana. The President of Guyana – Dr Irfaan Ali, signed the official order on June 22 2021. This decision was taken by the Guyana government after the allegations of human trafficking.

The Minister of Aviation Juan Edghill, in a letter to Attorney General Anil Nandlallon June 23 2021, has stated, “Only the Haitian diplomats would not require visas to enter Guyana. The effect of this cancellation is that Schedule Ito the Immigration Act is amended by the deletion of ‘Haiti’ from the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to an automatic six months stay in Guyana.”

The Attorney General has asked the Aviation Minister of Guyana to inform the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, all airlines and the Chief Executive Officers of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and Eugene F. Correia International Airport about the change in the law.

The Attorney General earlier this week only has made the announcement that the government of Guyana is soon going to impose visa requirements on the people travelling from Haiti.

This decision was taken as the Guyana government received the information that tens of thousands of citizens of Haiti island are illegally entering the island, but their locations are not known. The residents of Guyana island expressed their concern and anger over the matter, after which the government took action.

Mr Nandlall further asserted that “Based on the trends for various months now, it was clear that Haitians were being moved through Guyana as part of a well-organised human smuggling ring.”

The Officials have also informed that most of the Haitians end up in French Guiana by Suriname and Brazil.

Mr Nandlall further noted that currently, there are ten people, who were locked in a room at a hotel in Corentyne, Berbice, are being held at the Hugo Chavez Centre for Rehabilitation, Onverwagt, West Berbice, as police proceed to search for those who have taken away their travel documents, money and other papers on their arrival from Suriname.