Belize Continues Push for Schengen Visa Waiver in EU Talks
New Minister of Foreign affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Francis Fonseca says the aim to have Belize included in the list of countries that have a Schengen visa waiver still a priority for the department. In 2023, then minister of foreign affairs, Eamon Courtenay mentioned that it is just a matter of time of when the European Union grants the waiver for Belize. Fonseca says that the issue will be raised in every meeting with representatives from the EU.
Francis Fonseca, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Yeah, no, we haven’t let up on that issue. Even in some initial meetings that I’ve had with representatives of the EU and other institutions, we are emphasizing the importance of that issue to Belize. So no we won’t let up on that issue. Our ambassador in Brussels has that charge as a priority issue for us. So we will continue to engage with them every opportunity I get to speak with representatives of countries in the EU, we raise that issue and explain to them how critically important it is for Belize. So next week I have another meeting with the EU, or later this week sorry I think on Friday, and I will bring that issue up again. So we will continue to work very aggressively on that issue.”
Fonseca added that he hopes the waiver is approved so that it can benefit the educational sector of Belize.