April 13th, 2011
It has been reported that Jamaicans and nationals of Guyana will now need visas in order to travel to St. Maarten. This new measure was announced by the St. Maarten government recently, and took effect on Monday April 11, 2011.
To be honest, I am really not surprised by the latest demand of the St. Maarten government. Jamaicans seem to be on the verge of being restricted free entry to almost every country known to man. Some persons believe that these countries are after us because they are jealous, while others think that our behaviour in these countries have lead to visa requirements and other strict provisions. Whatever the reason, it is fairly obvious that there is a major problem.
Although a St. Maarten official confirmed the new visa requirement, he did not give an official reason for the decision. However, the owner of the news website, SXMIslandTime.com in St. Maarten, Samuel Allen, told The Gleaner, the new directive was prompted by figures which indicate that Jamaican and Guyanese visitors were overstaying their entry time on the island.
He also stated that the increase in crime could be an additional reason for the new regulation.
What do you think of this new visa requirement by the St. Maarten government? Are you surprised by it? Do you believe that this new regulation is unjust? Have your say…