PARAMARIBO, Suriname (sentinel.ht) – Responding to complaints from the Embassy of France in its country, Suriname ended a three-year measure which allowed Haitians to travel to the country without having to had obtained a visa.
It was announced on August 26, 2016 that Haiti would need a visa in order to enter Surinamese territory beginning on September 15, 2016.
The Surinamese government took the action after the French government complained that Haitians were passing through Suriname to enter their country illegally where they would then seek asylum.
In March 2013, former Haitian President Michel Martelly visited his counterpart Dési Bouterse in Suriname. After meetings the two said at the time it was a contribution to the aims of free migration that remains a goal within the Caribbean Community (Caricom).
But today, Caricom is seeking to end illegal activities including trafficking, human, drugs and contraband.