Guyana in talks with Canada, Italy for visa-free travel

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Guyana is in talks with officials from Canada and Italy for visa-free travel for Guyanese to these two countries.  

On Monday, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Hugh Toss met with His Excellency Fabrizio Nicoletti, Non-resident Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Italy to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. 

During the engagement, Minister Todd noted that Guyana is committed to fostering stronger bilateral relations and partnership with Italy in priority areas of the Government including health, education and security. 

Minister Todd also initiated talks on visa-free travel to the European country for the mutual benefit of both countries, particularly through private sector engagements and people to people exchanges, which will be advanced in the future. 

Minister Todd further noted that Italy and the European Union remain valuable partners to Guyana and CARICOM.  

Meanwhile, the government of Guyana has requested visa-free travel to Canada and the two countries are currently engaged in discussions, High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana, Mark Berman revealed on Monday at the sidelines of an event. 

According to Berman, the Canadian government is looking into Guyana’s request and will make a determination in the near future.  

Guyana is also in discussions with Canada for more direct flights between the two countries, given the large Guyanese diaspora in that North American country. 

Currently, only Caribbean Airlines flies this route. Canada’s largest airline—Air Canada—which, is also the country’s flag carrier, has signalled its intention of coming to Guyana. 

In October, the United Kingdom (UK) abolished its tourist visa requirement for Guyanese. 

This announcement was made by British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller during a UK-Guyana investment opportunities press conference held at her residence. 

The visa-lift came into effect on November 9, and nationals of Guyana are no longer required to apply for a visitor visa to travel to the UK for travel up to six months. 

Visa requirements for work, study and settlement routes in the UK remain in place, Miller had noted. The visa waiver, Miller had pointed out, will boost many opportunities between Guyana and the UK. 

Miller highlighted that the removal of the visa requirement is a “real sign” of the flourishing UK/ Guyana relationship. 

President Dr Irfaan Ali had disclosed that this agreement was reached following discussions between former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and King Charles III. 

Moreover, British Airways (BA) will fly from London Gatwick to Georgetown, Guyana next year. 

The airline, which had previously operated in Guyana, will fly to Georgetown twice weekly on Monday and Thursday from March 27, 2023.  

The service to Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) operates as a “tag on” on BA’s service from Gatwick to Saint Lucia.

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