Trinidadian company urges gov’t to revise its travel policy

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Trinidadian company urges gov’t to revise its travel policy

A travel agent in Trinidad and Tobago has written Smugglers Beach Resort complaining about Saint Lucia’s travel restrictions, which saw passengers being turned away at the airport.

Ainsley Boodoosingh of Unlimited Travel and Tours (Trinidad) said on Christmas Eve 2014, two Trinidadian families were refused boarding at the Piarco International Airport, because the parties did not have the minimum three months validity from date of travel in their passports.

The agent alleged that “Saint Lucia is the only” Caribbean / Caricom Island with this requirement – all the other Islands accept Trinidadians and Tobagonians – once their passport is valid at point of entry.”

Boodoosingh said “this additional unnecessary burden” to sell Saint Lucia is negatively impacting the staff at Unlimited Travel and Tours, who now prefers to sell other Caribbean destinations with less passport restrictions and hassle free.

The agent further stated that in the “high-tech age of travel” most travel agencies seldom see passengers, much less their passports. “Passengers contact us electronically and we respond the same way and they then head to the airport – short and simple,” the agent said.

“If there is a problem with one destination – passengers will move to the next and may never return to any destination that continues to pose some type of travel restriction,” Boodoosingh told Smugglers Beach Resort in the letter.

Unlimited Travel and Tours said Saint Lucia – can operate on the same playing field as their Caricom neighbours and is calling on the Saint Lucian government to revise its travel policy, specifically as it relates to those restrictions.

The agent has also asked Smugglers Beach Resort to advocate for them, so that the policy is changed. The passengers were expected to stay in Saint Lucia at Smugglers Beach Resort, during the Christmas holidays last year.

During a press conference held early this year to announce Saint Lucia’s tourism performance in 2014, government had announced plans to tap into the regional tourism market, in order to boast tourist arrivals here.

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  1. go home, we eh need your trini money... thought u coulda escape your murder high country... westay la...

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  2. Mr. Hoodoosingh you know the rules very well, you just trying to break the rules. Obey our law on passport policy, all because you fail to advise your Customers. Too quick to make cash. We will not change it, you tooo rude

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  3. Tell Aoodoosingh try going to the US with his passport expiring in one month and tell st lucia about it

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  4. I totally agree with my fellow St. Lucians. I had to go through 3 years of rough treatment in Trinidad's immigration system, just because I needed a student visa to study at a private institution there. I had to go through the same process every damn year. I am a CARICOM national, yet still, I was treated like a person coming from anywhere else in the world, the Africans, the Venezuelans, etc. So, if your country wants to retain its sovereignty, we have the right to as well. Too bad! Unless the countries get serious about this free movement of people, etc. all of this will remain. So don't you dare come and dictate or suggest anything to us. Deal with it.

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    • ...and mind you... they would give a measly THREE WEEKS within which you would have to begin the student visa process... whereas in countries like the US and Canada, you get SIX MONTHS stay. Utter crap!

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  5. So why didn't the tour company selling the holiday, point this out to the customers when they bought the tickets???

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  6. The system shud be designed where you put in the data of your passport number, issued date and expiration date. Therefore you would be able to advise your client about travel restrictions.... pure bs. Likewise we know we need a passport to travel to , we`re notrinidadwe`reing the trinidadian government to change so we could use our ID cards.... Rules are Rules.....

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  7. SOUNDS LIKE A NEW SCAM TO SEND PEOPLE TO SAINT LUCIA JUST BEFORE THEIR PASSPORTS EXPIRE AND THEN THEY WILL BE STUCK HERE.

    IS THERE A SINISTER PLAN TO INCREASE THE RATIO OF EAST INDIANS IN SAINT LUCIA? IS THE LAMBIRDS ACADEMY FIASCO JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

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  8. To me u need 6 months validity to get a visa or travel to the us . if was the us they were traveling to trust me they would make sure it have 6 months

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  9. Do I understand this ? Are you saying the passport would have become invalid during thier stay? or after After if after I can understand the TA concerns .. NOw sno did you also investigate "other " caricom island policy in that regard ? Or even contact our immigration office ? Just asking it would be nice if you ( sno ) could have added " we spoke to ... And were informed ...ok I'll hush ! Lol

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  10. You are breaking the IATA rules Mr. Hoodoo. Your clients must present their flight documents prior to you generating a ticket. You should be the first point of contact to ensure their docs are valid for travel to the destination and also their transit points.

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  11. This goes for st.lucians too. If our passport is 3 months or less before it expires we can't travel on it either

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  12. St. Lucia has it's right to have any restrictions it deems fitting.

    I just don't understand why people see the need to be appeased all the time.
    But they are the same ones who would die for a US visa and spend their hard earned cash into the US economy to feed poor white Americans.

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  13. Trinidad immigration is rough especially on Jamaicans so I do not see what Hoodoo Singh is talking about. Follow the rules.

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