By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix has revealed that more foreigners have been denied entry into Guyana over the past week as the government continues to crackdown on illegal entry.
Felix made the disclosure on Friday, September 25, where he stated that from all indications, it would appear that Guyana is being used as a “conduit country” for person to gain illegal entry into other nations.
“On the 23 [September], we had about seven Haitians arriving, they were refused entry because they had insufficient funds. They said they wanted to stay for two weeks but I don’t know how they could do it when the highest amount of money any of them had was US$200,” Felix told a news conference.
In addition to lacking enough funds, the travelers did not have a Guyana visa, hence more reason for them to be denied entry. The Minister also pointed to a similar case in the past weeks involving some nationals of the Dominican Republic. Not only did they lack sufficient funds, but Felix noted that they wanted to stay at the Princess Ramada Hotel.
Going further, the Minister noted that a Syrian was allowed into Guyana but eventually made his way into St Kitts and Montserrat and was subsequently deported by authorities from the CARICOM nation back to Guyana.
“A number of people seem to want to use Guyana like a conduit towards wanting to getting to other countries through illegal means,” said Felix.
In this regard, the Government will be looking to enhance its screening process at Guyana’s borders.
“So we have to tighten up our watch at the ports to ensure that we do not allow our country to be misused,” he stated.