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December 28, 2013
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J'cans file official complaint after Trinidad denies entry

Reports are that the Jamaican nationals who were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago in November have filed an official complaint with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

THE CMC in a report yesterday said three of the 13 nationals who were also refused entry into Port of Spain on November 19, have inquired about the possibility of seeking redress.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official confirmed the three have specifically inquired about a refund of their airfare.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said that, in order to conduct further investigations, those who were denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago had to submit a signed written personal statement, outlining details of the incident.

It also urged nationals to submit such a report whenever they are refused entry into any Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

The November 19 incident led to a high-level meeting between Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran and his Jamaican counterpart, A.J. Nicholson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat has also been instructed to intensify the training and sensitisation of immigration officials across the region on the issue of free movement of Caribbean nationals across the region.

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