Belize eliminates visa requirements for several countries to boost tourism
"The reason is very simple, we are driving tourism. The Copa airline wants to offer trips from Belize to South America," says Hulse. The official adds that to attract new tourists to Belize, "people cannot be delayed at airports with applications that take a long time, so we eliminate visa requirements."
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He says that there are now citizens of about 50 countries that can freely enter the country and that this news "is not new because we made the decision a month ago."
"Our visa requirement for Colombian citizens was a security issue dictated by the US. The reality is that, as a sovereign country, we decide who we require a visa and who does not," added Hulse around the perception that there is on how linked drug trafficking is to Colombia.
The Immigration Minister indicates that the Belize Government "will not assume that anyone who comes from Colombia is a drug trafficker.