Dominica & Chile Sign Agreement for Visa Free Travel
On Monday June 23rd 2014, the Government of Dominica and the Government of the Republic of Chile signed an agreement for the exemption of Visa requirements for holders of Diplomatic and Official passports.
This agreement came to life following years of work by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate travel between both countries.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Careen Prevost, At the second CARICOM/Chile joint Summit in February 2012 it was agreed that in order to facilitate the movement between Chile and CARICOM member states, the agreement on Visa waiver exemptions for holders of Diplomatic and Official passports should be concluded between the Chilean and CARICOM member states.
His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, Chile’s Ambassador to Dominica noted, it is very important for his country to sign this agreement with Dominica, seeing that it will facilitate the swift movement of Chilean and Dominican officials to each other’s country.
Meanwhile, Minister of foreign affairs, Honourable Alvin Bernard stated this agreement is significant in addition to the fact that 2014 marks the 14 year relationship between CARICOM and the Republic of Chile.
He noted, since then Chile has become a very active player in the international forum in various aspects of international matters.
Minister Bernard added, it is important that all hindrances for the free movement of officials are removed as in some cases one might have to travel at a moment’s notice.