GOB Lifts Travel Advisory for Chetumal, Mexico, Citing Reevaluation

GOB Lifts Travel Advisory for Chetumal, Mexico, Citing Reevaluation

Prime Minister John Briceno has announced that there is no longer a travel advisory for Belizeans wishing to travel to Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The leader’s remarks came a few hours after his return from Mexico yesterday.  According to Briceno, the advisory, which came out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was issued too hastily.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “I don’t think we need to get too excited. Concerned of course we have to be concerned but when I spoke to the President to say what he has done he has immediately sent in help from the Federal Police that have come in and have been settled down and he expects to be able to keep pressing on them to ensure that Chetumal can once again be looked at as this peaceful city. All of us love to go to Chetumal, all of us want to go and watch a movie, some people to shop or whatever it is and we look forward to that but at the same time when I spoke to him that what we have done, the Cabinet has made decisions to make it easier for Mexicans to visit Belize so at the border we’re going to be providing the border pass for them for free, we’re going to remove the border tax that they charge we’re going to allow them to use their insurance their vehicle insurance from Mexico to be able to come into Belize all of this to be able to increase more Mexican tourism to Belize. So we had a very fruitful meeting.”

Reporter: And the travel alert that was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ? 

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “I unfortunately it has been removed. I think we reacted too quickly, too hastily. We should not have done that at that time but what we did is that when it was brought to our attention they brought it down immediately.”

Moments after the advisory was posted on social media last week, the private sector group in Chetumal had expressed concerns over the announcement.  According to the group, Belizeans contribute to an estimated thirty percent of revenues for the City of Chetumal.  This is done either through tourism, shopping, or medical services. Another recent comment that Prime Minister Briceno was the one made by Opposition Leader on Belize being a Narcos State.

Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “I think it’s quite reckless of the Leader of the Opposition because he needs to remember that all of us live in this country and when you speak like that then you could hurt us internationally. We know it is not true but he’s trying to get attention, he’s trying to get some kind of pity I don’t know why he believes that people would want to support him for something like that and he knows that we’re nowhere close to that. I think it’s unfortunate and reckless on his part and I hope that people would call him out for being so reckless when it comes to Belize. We could fight on many issues but when it comes to the country we must always speak in one voice.”

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