Colombians and Venezuelans face a tougher Dominican Immigration law
Santo Domingo.- Venezuela national Nairym Hernandez was about to exit Las Americas Airport when an immigration officer withheld her passport when without explanation or questions, escorted her to an office.
She said she felt somewhat abused. She was the only woman who was near and was about to leave the terminal. It was December.
Already in the “little room,” she explained that she is a professional skater, a trainer at a prestigious agency based in the country. “I asked them what they had seen in me that they decided to requisition me. An Immigration agent who treated me with great respect told me that Colombians and Venezuelans are notorious … ” recalls the 29 year-old woman.
This incident shows the level of alert prompted by the ever-increasing immigration of Venezuelans to the Dominican Republic, where cases of human and drug trafficking, prostitution and street crimes already dominate newspaper headlines.
Colombians and Venezuelans, who hadn’t had to face such thorough scrutiny upon arrival, are now required to possess verifiable documents.
An Immigration agent quoted by elcaribe.com.do confirmed that since around six months ago those foreigners are required to present a round-trip ticket, a valid hotel reservation or an address where they will be staying.
“And still being in Venezuela we are warned that they must have economic solvency to enter the Dominican Republic, because if not, they can be returned on the same plane back,” Hernandez said. “In fact, I saw 30 compatriots of mine returned who had flown with me.”
Jan 14, 2017
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