13 February 2009

Trinidad secures visa-free entry to UK

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Trinidad and Tobago nationals are celebrating their success in securing visa-free travel to the UK for visitors, reports Caribbean News.

The UK immigration authorities issued ultimatums to several countries, giving them six months to improve aspects of their border and immigration security or face having to apply for a UK visa to enter the country for visiting purposes. 

This week, the UK Home Office announced several countries did not sufficiently improve their system, and their nationals now face having to lodge a UK visa application to transit through or visit the UK, including South Africa, which comprises a large part of the UK tourism market.

Trinidad and Tobago passed the requirements set out by the Home Office and introduced machine-readable passports, although there is some concern about travellers using old-style passports.

"I think some of the concerns will remain but I believe the major part of correcting those concerns is the issuance of the machine-readable passports, which I can say is almost foolproof," said Foreign Affairs Minister, Paula Gopee-Scoon.

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