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Guyana & VI discussing MoU on road to visa-free travel- Premier Wheatley

- As talks advance for VI to remove visa restrictions for Guyanese
Guyana's President Dr M. Irfaan Ali and Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley. Photo: DPI
Guyanese currently require a visa to enter the [British] Virgin Islands. There is no visa restriction for BVIslanders entering Guyana. Photo: Internet Source
Guyanese currently require a visa to enter the [British] Virgin Islands. There is no visa restriction for BVIslanders entering Guyana. Photo: Internet Source
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, SA– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has disclosed that talks are now in the advanced stage to potentially sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between oil-rich nation Guyana and the Virgin Islands for visa-free travel from Guyana to the [British] Virgin Islands.

Dr Wheatley made the announcement during an interview at the business session of the 46th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.

“It only makes sense for us to form stronger economic ties with these nations, especially when you have a nation like Guyana which has so many natural resources, benefits, and advantages that we could benefit from as a territory. Just as how Guyanese nationals have been able to benefit from working within the BVI economy,” he said during a meeting on Monday, February 26, 2024.

While noting that he fully supports this endeavor, Dr Wheatley expressed that the obstacles posed by visas prevent countries from forging better economic ties.

MoU in discussion stage - Premier 

“We are discussing a Memorandum of Understanding that hopefully we would want the BVI and Guyana to sign to speak about the type of relationship that we have…So, certainly, as a part of that MoU, we would see that matter being handled quite speedily,” Dr Wheatley highlighted.

Last July, a 16-member team from the VI traveled to Guyana to advance talks on commerce, investment, and improved collaboration.

The visiting delegation comprised Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade, Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE (AL); Permanent Secretary Petrona Davies; along with Junior Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Trade, Dr Karl Dawson (R1).

Dr Wheatley told the local Department of Public Information (DPI) that he celebrates the move by the Deputy Premier who led the mission, which has so far reaped substantial benefits.

42 Responses to “Guyana & VI discussing MoU on road to visa-free travel- Premier Wheatley”

  • tola (28/02/2024, 12:02) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    • Just look (28/02/2024, 12:39) Like (33) Dislike (8) Reply
      here comes the deportees . what's wrong with this guy. People coming from Guyana should be screen before coming here . We already seeing a problem with crime here and they have a high rate as well there. Instead of fixing the problems here he gone Guyana to make it easier for them to come up. what a disgrace to the VIP Party.
      • @Just look (28/02/2024, 14:49) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
        Tell me when last a guyanese committed a murder here in the BVI.....some of you are so bitter it's starting to eat your souls. There's good and bad in every country.
    • cow (28/02/2024, 13:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    • jack (28/02/2024, 16:02) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
      I dont think it would be any problem because guyanese have visa free to UK so VI doesn't really make sense...
      • @Jack (28/02/2024, 16:51) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        Yes, Guyanese can travel to the UK without a visa. However to do so they must pay over $400,000 Guyanese dollars to travel to the UK without a visa. Only the rich can afford such money.
  • coco (28/02/2024, 12:29) Like (9) Dislike (20) Reply
    What about Jamaica?
  • Endtimes (28/02/2024, 12:50) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hmmm... Soon this place will be full to capacity with them Guyanese people. I don't think that this is a good exchange. Them people will be flocking here like crazy! Lord help us. Premier, I want to ask you about the condition of these roads here in your country. I am no longer calling them potholes, I am calling them swimming pools because when it rains the amount of water that I am seeing in them. Natalio please get your priorities in order. Oh, and before I forget. What about the lights on these crime-infested roads???
    • Truth (28/02/2024, 20:45) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Sweetie, ask the premier to bring some guyanese road engineers while he is there. Obviously BVI don't have anyone who can get the job done.
  • Guyana (28/02/2024, 12:52) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Not against the Guyanese people.....but this is a bad idea for now
  • Black Serian (28/02/2024, 13:19) Like (61) Dislike (6) Reply

    Oh please this is just Guyana have oil you want lift visa restrictions. Dominican Republic economy is booming why don't lift their own. Pure games is being played a political one at. The VI Government doesn't care about Caribbean Nationals.

    Look how the Immigration and Labour Department treats them like dogs The Premier travels so much he can testify that the VI is way behind when it comes to development and infrastructure.

    The government should be sh*t with shame in my humble. If you going lift the visa just do it. It's going take a whole calendar year for such

    • jack (28/02/2024, 15:59) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      They wouldn't do that with DR because the population is 11 million and still growing,that if they left the visa free,the dominicana will only use BVI to enter to the US,guyana population is 860k and you don't find guyanese trying to smuggle them self to America.
    • @Black Serian (28/02/2024, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why would you mingle Dominican Republic in it , is it a Caricom country or associate???????The meeting was based on a Caricom seminar.
  • 2cent (28/02/2024, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wah the man in the back peeping at tom make sure they give him to right piece ahahahhahahahah
  • WOW (28/02/2024, 13:31) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    wonder what Ali giving this boy to eat and drink. first it was Lorna now she send him down ..
  • Yep (28/02/2024, 13:38) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    And when the crime rate goes higher and higher as it will he blame.. UK. Now that Huiana pily he should be asking them to take their people out of our UK built prison and encourage the others in every nook and cranny to crawl out and return home to Oily Guiana with gold and plenty water good soil etc. No need for them here at all . Their presence in no way adds value and serinity to these VI.
    • Send the doctors and nurses too (28/02/2024, 19:49) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes send all the nurses, doctors, and health professionals, your teachers etc since we don't add value.
  • jack (28/02/2024, 13:49) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Looking at all these negative chat about guyanese ppl,and majority who are making these comments are members of ancestors migration from different countries,talking about crime,bvi is a small nation with about 28k people and they can't find criminals and murderer from since last year shooting in fish bay and BOBBY HUDGE,trinidad have so much crime and murder yet they have visa free travel,check the status on st Vincention in the vi committing crime: smuggling ppl to USVI, smuggling drugs and money laundering, rape charges, domestic violence etc,even if guyanese have visa free travel surely they wouldn't want to be here because the cost to visit VI is more expensive $1200 compared to America $500 infact 80% of guyanese have American or Canadian visa which could allowed them to visit here.
  • guy hill (28/02/2024, 14:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    All you do... I said it 25 years ago. The Virgin Islands need to be careful with Immigration and labour departments and their policies.
  • read it again (28/02/2024, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier spoke of Guyanese benefiting from the BVI economy in the past tense and the BVI benefiting from Guyana's economy in the present tense....Guyana oil and other resources have the BVI Gov't basidee (Guyana creole word). Go check the number of new work permit applications for Guyanese these people work hard and are returning home.
    • @read it again (28/02/2024, 22:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Plz moat if the Guyanese I know said they aren’t going back
      Home instead they’ve applied for status
  • Service and Humility (28/02/2024, 14:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    President Ali sets a great example of service and humility serving your premier his good....cause President Ali knows he came from humble beginnings filled with love and care. We Caribbean people need to hold eachother up always not only when we see a benefit for self.
  • Hmm (28/02/2024, 15:23) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • 2024 (28/02/2024, 15:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    is it because of the oil found in Guyana; because BVI was very hostile towards our own people speaking of former slaves from the various West Indian Countries/meanwhile those from various European sectors comes to BVI with utmost freedom: No-ting Personal

  • question (28/02/2024, 16:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is Natalio being served, some Curry?
  • ALL THIS MEANS (28/02/2024, 16:12) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    • Nik (28/02/2024, 19:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I am sure you don't be around in July and August to listen the crap at festival ground.
  • JUST FOR A PLATE OF FOOD (28/02/2024, 16:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • ALL THE SCHIT SETTLE HERE (28/02/2024, 16:27) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
  • RedStorm (28/02/2024, 20:03) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    I just don’t get it. Every time the premier travel is a problem,he sit at home is a problem, he walk the streets is a problem. Most don’t know a thing about forming relationships, but always have personal opinions about international economic relations. So, please go read something about international relationships and see how the countries would benefit from each other. The, come have a discussion.
  • Think Wisely (28/02/2024, 21:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Premier be so quick to jump to this yet. Is the issue between them and there neighbors settled yet?
  • No space (28/02/2024, 21:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The place done crowded with overpopulation. We don’t need a set of them flocking over here
  • hello (28/02/2024, 22:00) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    leaving their BIG Home Lands to come to Little BVI: that US Dollar is why most of them arrive in BVI: make 10 dollars and sends nine dollars and ninety cents back were they come from
  • All countries (28/02/2024, 22:11) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I think all countries should have free visa entry not only Guyana
  • Its a hurt (29/02/2024, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know the Premier was not there at the opening ceremony as yet but can Someone tells me why was his brother the one whom represent the country with the other heads of government at the opening ceremony?
  • again (29/02/2024, 15:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big mistake
  • Player27 (02/03/2024, 20:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who wants to be in Tortola? Tortola is a big keep down for the foreigners.
    I'm a proud Guyanese, lived in Tortola for 4 years, the best desion I made was to leave.
    A set of bad minded and wicket rules which are put in place to keep the foreign workers from getting up in life.

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