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June 21, 2018

St. Kitts and Nevis Minister Discusses Visa-Free Travel to Canada

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Source: SKN Foreign Affairs Minister Meets with Top Canadian Officials in Ottawa

On a recent trip to Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Affairs minister the Honourable Mark Brantley met with many high ranking Canadian officials. Among this group was Canadian minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen. Canada is a top strategic priority in the St. Kitts and Nevis foreign policy. Recognizing this, it was important that Minister Brantley made this trip to discuss ways to further their relationship, most important, visa-free travel to Canada for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The importance of removing travel barriers was a message carried throughout meetings held on Parliament Hill. St. Kitts and Nevis has a strong history of working with Canada through trade, immigration and investment throughout their 35 year diplomatic relationship. The two ministers have pledged to work together to find a solution.

The ability for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis to travel to Canada without applying for a visa was removed by Canada in 2014. The decision, at the time, was made to address security concerns with St. Kitts and Nevis passport holders attempting to enter the country. Since that time, St. Kitts and Nevis has been working diligently to address the concerns and improve the reputation of their program. It certainly goes without saying, if Canada re-instated the visa-free travel agreement, this would be a significant boost to the countries “Platinum” citizenship by investment program.

While no announcement has been made regarding visa-free travel to Canada from St. Kitts, the government is certainly placing a significant effort on working towards re-gaining this benefit for its citizens.

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