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07/03/2018 07:15:56

Haiti - FLASH : Chile deports 239 Haitians !
Between March 2 and 5, 2018, Chile's Investigative Police (IDP) refused entry to Chilean territory to 239 Haitian citizens for false statements and false documents.

The IDP banned the entry of 169 Haitians at Santiago Airport who provided false information about their stay and their hotel reservations. 90 had traveled on the airline ONE; 62 on Latin American Wings (LAW) and 17 on Copa Airlines. Tuesdaythey have been deported to Haiti.

Past weekend another group of 70 Haitians from Port-au-Prince was also refused and returned to Haiti for the same reasons, according to the police.

The IDP explained that "these people all had reservations in the same hotel", which forced them to check the information on accommodation of foreigners that was not confirmed. the IDP stated that the deportation in this case meets "a normal procedure when a person does not meet the requirements to enter the country in accordance with the Immigration Act."

According to official data, there would be just over 500,000 immigrants in Chile, Peruvians, Bolivians, Colombians, Argentineans and Ecuadorians and in recent years Dominicans, Haitians and Venezuelans. According to available figures more than 150,000 Haitians have arrived in Chile since 2016 as "tourists", 80% of whom have remained illegally in Chilean territory after the 90 days allowed.

Note that a Haitian does not need a visa to visit Chile as a tourist as long as his stay does not exceed 90 days. However, he must prove that he has sufficient financial resources for his stay and proof of the address where he will stay.

Recall that in the summer of 2017 the President of the External Relations Commission of the Chamber of Deputies had filed an application to require a visa to Haitians wishing to travel to Chile. So far, the Chilean authorities concerned have made no decision on the migratory requirements for Haitian citizens while leaving open this possibility in the future. The Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela said at the time following this visa application "Chile, like many other countries, constantly assesses the requirements for the entry of foreigners into its territory, this is part of Sovereign allocations from each State and new measures are regularly adopted for the entry of nationals of different countries according to the situation."

Given the growing number of Haitians declared illegal or ineligible by the Chilean authorities https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-23733-haiti-flash-law-airline-temporarily-suspends-its-flights-haiti-chile.html it would not be surprising that they will soon make the decision to impose a visa on Haitian nationals ...

Remember for our countrymen that to work in Chile requires a work visa. To obtain this visa you must have : a work contract, an extract of a criminal record, a medical certificate, a valid passport and an interview with the consul, to then be able to request the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, in Santiago.

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