Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali has called on European Union Ambassador Fernando Pontz Canto to issue Schengen visas to Guyana’s citizens in the country, so that its citizens no longer need to travel in Suriname.
According to local media, President Ali urged the EU ambassador to ensure that the special visa needed to travel to the borderless Schengen zone is essential, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The visa is issued in Suriname, while local business players are among those who have raised concerns about the inconvenience of traveling to the neighboring country for such a service.
“We cannot ask our business people to go to Suriname and spend a few days (to obtain this visa)”, President Ali emphasized in this regard, as reported by News Room.
Also, the president is becoming an important partner for the EU and therefore the bloc should strive to make such visa services easier and accessible here. He also argued that it was in the EU’s interest to make such a process smoother.
“Let us double that in the next 48 hours. It is a very easy fruit to catch,” underlined the Guyanese head of state.
The President’s comments came during a launch of the EU/Guyana Chamber of Commerce at the EU Ambassador’s Bel Air Springs residence, during which the President stressed the urgency of facilitating travel between the Guyana and the countries of the Schengen zone.
“It is no longer a luxury for the EU to take its time and grant us this facility. I think the EU needs to understand that it is in their strategic interest to have this facility here in Guyana within the next three months. And we have to find where we can do that in the next three months; which embassy is able to do it in the next three months, and what you want us to do to help you do it in the next three months and do it,” Ali pointed out.
With the Schengen visa, or short-stay visa, people are allowed to travel to any country in the Schengen area for a period of 90 days for tourism and business purposes.
According to the Dutch government’s announcement, posted on its website, if a person lives in Guyana and is planning to apply for a short-stay visa in order to travel to the Netherlands or Switzerland, they are not eligible to do so. in the Nederlands. consulate in Georgetown.