The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic (Mirex) reported on Monday that, starting December 16 of this year, the government will begin to demand a tourist visa for Venezuelans who want to enter the country. The document will be issued through the corresponding consulates.
The official statement of Mirex, clarified that will be exempt from this measure those Venezuelans who hold diplomatic or official passports, and / or who have U.S. visa, or Schengen, Canadian or British passports.
“Venezuelan nationals must make their visa requests before the competent consular mission, presenting the requirements established by the Mirex, according to the different categories, which are published on the official website of the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” reads the statement.
As a result of this information, the Commissioner General Secretariat of the OAS for the crisis of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, David Smolansky, recalled the number of Venezuelan migrants in the Dominican Republic, around 30,000.
He also recalled Venezuela’s support for the Dominican Republic during one of the country’s strongest democratic crises:
“Paradoxically, nearly 40,000 Dominicans forcibly emigrated to Venezuela under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. All were received without immigration restrictions.
The commissioner also explained that immigration restrictions like this one do not solve the problems. “Venezuelans are not economic migrants or volunteers, they are refugees fleeing from a criminal state. There are almost 5 million displaced,” he concluded.
Venezuela is experiencing a humanitarian crisis which is being driven by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. This situation has led almost 5 million Venezuelans to leave the country in search of better opportunities.