JO - Jamaica, Colombia sign visa abolition agreement
Jamaica, Colombia sign visa abolition agreement
Observer ReporterThursday, January 19, 2006
JAMAICAN and Colombian nationals holding diplomatic and official passports will no longer require a visa to travel between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday, following the signing of a reciprocal visa abolition agreement.
The decision, which was announced at the conclusion of the 5th Jamaica/Colombia Binational Commission held in San Andres, Colombia from January 16 to 17, took immediate effect.
According to a statement from Jamaica's ministry of foreign affairs, the island would also "consider the granting of multiple-entry visas for an extended period for Colombian nationals who wish to visit Jamaica for tourism or business purposes, as well as the establishment of an Honorary Consulate in San Andres Island in the near future".
The meeting, the ministry also said, was used to exchange views on various matters of multilateral, regional and bilateral interest to both countries.
Head of Jamaica's delegation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade KD Knight said the meeting was a success.
"The co-operation between our countries will play a major role in addressing areas of national priority such as security, education and culture, as well as developing new initiatives for collaboration in other areas such as trade, science and technology and tourism," he said at the closing ceremony. In the meantime, Colombia's minister of external relations, Dr Carolina Barco, noted that she was pleased that Jamaica and Colombia could develop mutually beneficial initiatives to advance relations between the two countries.
Jamaica and Colombia will be working more closely to tackle the drug problem which has dogged the two countries for years, the ministry also announced.