UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

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Taleb Rifai

UNWTO – the UN World Tourism Organization has welcomed Jamaica's decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin American nationals. These important policy steps are in line with UNWTO's call for countries worldwide to revise their visa regulations and procedures underscoring the close links between visa facilitation and economic growth through tourism.

The visa waiver for tourists from Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine visiting Jamaica for up to thirty days was announced on 6 March 2013 together with the indefinite extension of the visa waiver in place for nationals of Columbia, Panama, and Venezuela.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment of Jamaica, Wykeham McNeill said "We continue to make positive headway towards removing barriers to travel while creating ease of access to visitors from these new and emerging market frontiers”

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, welcomed the announcement by Jamaica. "Easing visa policies generates new opportunities for tourism growth and the consequent economic benefits that it brings. Recent UNWTO research shows considerable progress towards visa facilitation over recent years, although hurdles remain in several countries. Jamaica's decision is encouraging and sets an example for the way forward", he said.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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