Jamaica Tourism Minister Suggests Single-Visa Regime For CARICOM

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, addresses the welcome ceremony for the inaugural interCaribbean Airways flight into the Ian Fleming International Airport (Photo via JIS)

(Jamaica Information Service Press Release) Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says a single-visa regime among CARICOM member countries should be the next critical consideration in rationalising entry protocols in the region.

“[This is] for touristic purposes and can be provided for visitors coming into your space for 30 days or three days… a simple platform that allows everybody and anybody to apply for a CARICOM visa that allows you entry into all the CARICOM countries,” the Minister said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of scheduled commercial flights into the Ian Fleming International Airport, at Boscobel, St. Mary, on Thursday, June 16.

Mr. Bartlett said the region needs to adopt a new approach to air transportation and develop new ideas about collaboration, using the support of today’s technology.

“Multi-destination tourism is part of the principle of co-petition, where we can offer to visitors coming into our space, multiple experiences across borders. So, when you buy Jamaica, you can get Barbados and you can get St. Lucia and you can get Turks and Caicos,” he added.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

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