A Visa Waiver Agreement signed on Friday February 21st brings into effect new and easier travel arrangements for Dominicans and Brazilians.
The agreement marked a further step in relations between the two countries and was signed by Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Alvin Bernard and the Brazilian Ambassador to Dominica, H.E. Jose Marcos Vienna.
The visa waiver arrangement means that residents of Dominica and Brazil can travel between the two countries for tourism or business with no need of visas.
The Brazilian Ambassador to Dominica, upon signing the agreement stated that he looks forward to seeing hassle-free travel for both nationals.
“I am glad to announce that from now on all Dominicans can go to Brazil without a visa as a tourist and I hope to get a lot of Brazilians coming here as tourists with the signing of document.”
Hon. Alvin Bernard who signed on Dominica’s behalf revealed that discussions to that effect were being held for some time before the agreement’s fruition last Friday.
“Let me say how very pleased I am to sign this agreement on behalf of the Government and people of Dominica. This process has been long in coming since we’ve established diplomatic relations with Brazil. We’ve been engaged in a number of discussions in various areas of technical cooperation. What this agreement will do today is broaden the scope of this engagement, this bilateral relation, in that it would give opportunities for tourism as well as other development activities.”
According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Careen Prevost, arrangements previously applied only to diplomatic and official passports but now apply to regular passports.
The agreement requires that for stays exceeding ninety days, special permission must be sought from the host government.
It also says that the agreement can be suspended by the host government in matters of national security and public health.